Each month we will post links to pertinent articles in the deathcare profession. From lawsuits to quirky sites, we’ll bring you a one-stop shop from deathcare-related items on the web. Here are this month’s links.
Archaeology | Paleo-Indian site might demonstrate early ritual, The Columbus Dispatch
Canadian archaeologists Brian Deller and Christopher Ellis have been studying the Crowfield site in southwestern Ontario since the 1980s. In a recently published report, the researchers make the bold claim that the area is “one of the most important Paleo-Indian sites ever reported.”
Surge in Obesity Sparks Crematorium Blazes, Spiegel Online International
Cremations in Germany are becoming more complicated owing to an increase in obesity. At the moment, around half of the country’s deceased are cremated. Likewise, roughly 15 percent of Germans are obese, and the figures are climbing.
Fixed cremation prices hurting funeral homes, China Daily
Cao Baofu, deputy director of Shanghai’s Yishan Funeral Home, said it takes a loss of about 260 yuan ($41) on average to cremate a corpse, “because the Shanghai price bureau set the standard charge for cremation at 180 yuan as early as 1995, while the average cost, taking into account labor costs, electricity, machine depreciation and – most importantly – diesel fuel prices, has increased about nine times within 17 years to 440 yuan”.
Ritual of last goodbye in Kathmandu, The Sydney Morning Herald
We watched as the rituals that are hardly ever seen close up in Western societies unfolded before us with a reassuring rhythm and ”normality”. Here, people are not just brought to the temple for cremation but also to die.
Low-Cost Cremation Of Pets Preferred Over Burial As Downturn Persists In US [PHOTOS], International Business Times
Pet owners in the US are looking at the lower-cost option of cremation rather than burial of their deceased pets as the economic downturn continues to affect them. A report by the Los Angeles Times states that pet owners are lured by an $80 expense on cremation as compared to a burial, which is $800 on average.
Thailand bids farewell to princess in elaborate procession, MSNBC Photo Blog
Mourners hold pictures of Princess Bejaratana Rajasuda Sirisobhabannavadi as her urn is escorted to the cremation pyre in Bangkok, on April 9. Princess Bejaratana, who was the only child of King Vajiravudh, Rama VI passed away from on July 27, 2011, aged 85.
For even more photos, check out the Huffington Post.
And the day before, there was a practice run for the royal chariot. This video is courtesy of The Bangkok Post.