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World Funeral Customs: Mormon Funeral Traditions

A Religious Background

Mormons believe that the human body and spirit separate at death. Afterwards, the spirit is judged and is either sent to paradise or prison in the spirit world. Eventually, body and spirit are resurrected at the Final Judgment and – based on the goodness of the individual ...

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VIDEO: The Gift of Near Death by Lewis Brown Griggs

A TEDX Talk by Lewis Brown Griggs:

Why do so many of us focus on the story of our shortcomings? How can our uniqueness be recognized as the greatest gift we bring to one another? Through his lives and near deaths, Lewis Brown Griggs shares transformational perspectives on how our ...

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VIDEO: Life that doesn't end with death by Kelli Swazey

A TEDMed talk by Kelli Swazey

In Tana Toraja, weddings and births aren't the social gatherings that knit society together. In this part of Indonesia, big, raucous funerals form the center of social life.

Anthropologist Kelli Swazey takes a look at this culture, in which the bodies of dead relatives ...

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VIDEO: From life to death, beyond and back by Dr. Thomas Fleischmann

A TEDX Talk by Dr. Thomas Fleischmann

Dr. Fleischmann sees dead people. Hundreds and thousands of them. To put it clearly, he has seen over 2,000 humans die. But also brought back to life. In his talk, he shares the near death experiences ("Nahtoderfahrungen") he witnessed as an emergency physician ...

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VIDEO: A Good End of Life by Judy MacDonald Johnston

A TEDX Talk by Judy MacDonald Johnston:

Thinking about death is frightening, but planning ahead is practical and leaves more room for peace of mind in our final days.

In a solemn, thoughtful talk, Judy MacDonald Johnston shares 5 practices for planning for a "good end of life." Judy ...

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VIDEO: Don't Mean to Dwell on This Dying Thing

A TEDX by Rebecca Brown on The Discomfort With Death:

Rebecca Brown challenges our American discomfort with death by sharing experiences from her work with hospitalized adolescents and young adults who are suffering or dying. She suggests that our "pornographic" relationship with death creates fear, anxiety, and loneliness for those ...

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VIDEO: 'Ask a Mortician' on Advance Directives and Why You Should Have One

We’re quick to have conversations about how we want to live our lives but steer away from the ones concerning how we’d like to prepare for them to end. We all deserve the chance to communicate our preferences in who handles our care and how we want to be treated ...

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Inside A Home Funeral

Melissa Roberts Weidman, a hospice writer and administrator, recounts her experience with a home funeral. After the death of her best friends’ 22-year-old son, Weidman was asked to help arrange his home funeral. In the article, she describes the intimate details of preparing his body, as well as the emotions ...

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Fear, Death, and Pumpkins

Last week, I'm Sorry to Hear was featured as the go-to source for at-need funeral planning on NPR's "The Pulse." In the hour-long segment, reporters touched on the growing appeal of Death Salons, Death Cafes, and featured "death-tech" companies in the Innovation segment. The whole broadcast is fascinating. Our ...

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The Difference Between a Coffin and a Casket

How a Coffin and a Casket are Different

The terms “coffin” and “casket” are often used interchangeably. However, contrary to popular belief, a coffin and a casket are not the same thing. While both a casket and a coffin serve the same general purpose, the difference between the two is ...

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