January 12, 2017

Skull smuggling, bunny tombstone, 'vampire' burials and funeral pole dancers

Mexican Cartels Using Artisanal Skulls for Smuggling into UK

Thousands of art pieces are shipped out of Mexico each year to buyers worldwide who seek their unique designs and colors. This art niche is now being used by Mexican cartels to hide drug packages in quartz and ceramic skulls or other sculptures to avoid customs inspections.  This art niche is now being used by Mexican cartels to hide drug packages in quartz and ceramic skulls or other sculptures to avoid customs inspections.

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Found: The Tiny, Century-Old Headstone of a Pet Bunny

 Bunny Tombstone

Out walking in the woods in Sussex, England, Sid Saunders came across a headstone for a pet rabbit...

He said: “It says on there ‘In memory of the little Duchie’,  Sid says he wants to do some research in a bid to find out more about the family who left this tiny headstone behind.returned to the site recently to once again clean up the tiny headstone. “It’s something for this 73-year-old man to keep his brain active.”

'Vampire' Burials Uncovered in Poland

The skeletons have holes in the spine, most likely from someone nailing the bodies into the ground.
 Hole In Spine Vampire Burial
Polish archaeologists have uncovered the medieval remains of three "vampires" — individuals whose bodies were mutilated before interment to physically prevent any attempts to rise from the grave.  Dating to the 13th and 14th centuries, the deviant burials were unearthed in the village Górzyca in western Poland near a former bishop's residence. A Gothic cathedral once stood somewhere near the graves,

50 pole dancers escort Taiwan politician's funeral procession

These aren't your grandfather's pall bearers.  In the funeral procession of former Chiayi City county council speaker Tung Hsiang in Chiayi City, southern Taiwan were 50 pole dancers standing atop multicolored Jeeps.  Tung's son said his father appeared in a dream and told him he wanted his memorial to be "hilarious" and so it was according to one spectator.

 Taiwan-Funeral-Dancers
Earlier this year on the China Policy Institute website, anthropologist Marc Moskowitz, a professor at the University of South Carolina, wrote, "The stripping performances started out as something that gangsters did, but generally spread out to become common practice throughout Taiwan. They are primarily associated with the working class or poorer communities."  It's now illegal to have full nudity at funerals, according to Moskowitz.
Posted by Jill Fallon at 3:44 PM | Permalink
Categories: Art | Categories: Cemeteries and graves | Categories: Funerals, Burials and Cremations

Skull smuggling, bunny tombstone, 'vampire' burials and funeral pole dancers

Mexican Cartels Using Artisanal Skulls for Smuggling into UK

Thousands of art pieces are shipped out of Mexico each year to buyers worldwide who seek their unique designs and colors. This art niche is now being used by Mexican cartels to hide drug packages in quartz and ceramic skulls or other sculptures to avoid customs inspections.  This art niche is now being used by Mexican cartels to hide drug packages in quartz and ceramic skulls or other sculptures to avoid customs inspections.

 Drugs-In-Skull-Testing

Found: The Tiny, Century-Old Headstone of a Pet Bunny

 Bunny Tombstone

Out walking in the woods in Sussex, England, Sid Saunders came across a headstone for a pet rabbit...

He said: “It says on there ‘In memory of the little Duchie’,  Sid says he wants to do some research in a bid to find out more about the family who left this tiny headstone behind.returned to the site recently to once again clean up the tiny headstone. “It’s something for this 73-year-old man to keep his brain active.”

'Vampire' Burials Uncovered in Poland

The skeletons have holes in the spine, most likely from someone nailing the bodies into the ground.

 Hole In Spine Vampire Burial

Polish archaeologists have uncovered the medieval remains of three "vampires" — individuals whose bodies were mutilated before interment to physically prevent any attempts to rise from the grave.  Dating to the 13th and 14th centuries, the deviant burials were unearthed in the village Górzyca in western Poland near a former bishop's residence. A Gothic cathedral once stood somewhere near the graves,

50 pole dancers escort Taiwan politician's funeral procession

These aren't your grandfather's pall bearers.  In the funeral procession of former Chiayi City county council speaker Tung Hsiang in Chiayi City, southern Taiwan were 50 pole dancers standing atop multicolored Jeeps.  Tung's son said his father appeared in a dream and told him he wanted his memorial to be "hilarious" and so it was according to one spectator.

 Taiwan-Funeral-Dancers
Earlier this year on the China Policy Institute website, anthropologist Marc Moskowitz, a professor at the University of South Carolina, wrote, "The stripping performances started out as something that gangsters did, but generally spread out to become common practice throughout Taiwan. They are primarily associated with the working class or poorer communities."
It's now illegal to have full nudity at funerals, according to Moskowitz.
Posted by Jill Fallon at 3:44 PM | Permalink
Categories: Art | Categories: Cemeteries and graves | Categories: Funerals, Burials and Cremations

"In the end, they give us their deaths quite as much as their works, and that is why they are so passionately mourned"

Kathy Shadie writes ‘Extravagant mourning for celebrity musicians is a way to confront our own mortality’

That is what the lives of celebrities provide, quite as much as their work, and that is part of why they are mourned. They collaborate with their audience to make engrossing worlds that neither party quite comprehends, but both know they need. Although this may be one of the things replacing traditional religion, it only works because it does not seem “religious”, moralistic, or cut off from the world around it. It sanctifies, or makes vivid and valuable, the ordinary things of life.
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If that were all celebrity culture does, it would be far less powerful. Consolation and even joy can come from many places in life. What has made these deaths so important to so many people is that they provide an occasion for grief as well. The performance in which the musician and their fans are caught up is ultimately one of tragedy. There is loss and grief in every life, and the death of a beloved singer provides a chance to express this sorrow in gestures more powerful than words could be. In the end, they give us their deaths quite as much as their works, and that is why they are so passionately mourned.
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Posted by Jill Fallon at 3:39 PM | Permalink
Categories: Grief and grieving

Bizarre deaths

Boy, 13, dies after getting buried in a massive snowbank while digging a fort with friends just hours after his grandmother died

13-year-old boy, Joshua J. Demarest died after getting trapped while playing in the snow with a friend.  He had been building a fort with his friend, Tyler Day, when they got stuck.  Police say a truck clearing the snow accidentally caused the fort to collapse
investigators believe a truck dumped more snow or bumped into the fort while the boys were inside, collapsing it on top of them. Day told officials he survived because he was had a pocket of air where he was.

Two hours after being reported missing, police officers found the two boys with the help of a K9 unit, and desperately shoveled about seven tons of snow in just 10 minutes to reach them. Responders unsuccessfully tried to resuscitate him at the scene, before he was rushed to Saratoga Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Suicide streamed online

Girl, 12, streams her own suicide on social media for 20 minutes after being ‘sexually abused by a relative’ – and cops are powerless to take it down.  Cops say they have asked websites to remove the video of Katelyn Nicole Davis's death but admit they are unable to do more. In the video, Katelyn Nicole Davis claims she was physically and sexually abused by a relative then lets the camera roll as she hangs herself in her back garden. Katelyn, a student at Cedartown Middle School in Polk County, Georgia, US, broadcast it on social media on December 30 but it was later removed from her page. It was later posted on other websites, including Facebook.

In December, at a dinner party streamed live on Facebook, Banker’s assistant ‘accidentally shoots his friend dead’ while messing around with a handgun.  Steven Leannais, 30, was charged with manslaughter following the fatal shooting of his friend Anthony Stanford II.

Mother of two dies after falling into a vat of molten CHOCOLATE at a Russian sweet factory

Svetlana Roslina, 24, died at the Sergiev-Posad confectionery plant in Fedortsovo.  Some say she dropped her mobile phone into the vat of sweet mix and reached in to retrieve it, but fell, and couldn't get out.  Another version is that she fell in while emptying a sack of ingredients into the giant mixer. Still others say the girl was dragged in when she was trying to empty a sack into the mixer

'She was minced, only her legs were left,' said one local source at the Sergiev-Posad confectionery plant in Fedortsovo, Moscow region.  A police investigation is underway into the tragedy

Whatever happened, she leaves behind her husband and two young children aged under five.  May they all rest in peace.  May their families be consoled.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 3:25 PM | Permalink
Categories: No Way to Go

January 4, 2017

“I haven’t left you, partner. I’m right here.”

Kasey Cordell wrote one of the moving stories I've read in the past year.  Final Post: One Local Veteran's New Mission

Julian Scadden who volunteers his time to ensure no Denver veteran dies alone, is one of great souls among us who work unnoticed and unremarked.

 Julian Scadden

The maple trees outside Room 143 have just begun to blossom, but the lieutenant, separated from them by just a few feet and less than an inch of glass, can’t see the tiny buds and leaves unfurling. His eyes are open but clouded. “I haven’t left you, partner,” Julian says, approaching the bed. He carries a cool washcloth and gently pats the lieutenant’s forehead. “I’m right here.”

There’s a peculiar odor in the room, the scent of strong coffee (Julian’s: black, no sugar) and antiseptics blending with the sickly sweet smell of sweat and soiled linens. Julian doesn’t notice. That’s in part because of his own bouquet; he’s been here since yesterday. He came—as he always does—when the nurses called and said the lieutenant was close. No matter that it was evening. No matter that Julian had worked all day at the VA hospital next door, cleaning floors and toilets and emptying rooms of the ugliness that comes with illness. When the call came, he showered and drove the seven miles from his Aurora home back to the Community Living Center. All through the night he sat with the lieutenant, watching him seize, watching him fight to breathe, watching him struggle and win, and then watching him do it all again. Julian took a nap in his truck at 3 a.m. At 4:30 he said goodbye and went to work. Eight hours later, he’s back in Room 143. He’s shaken out his ponytail so his wavy gray hair flows down over his Home of the Brave T-shirt. He wants fresh clothes and a shower to wash off the smell of the day. He can’t stand feeling grimy.

But he’ll go without another night because the lieutenant needs him. Because this is what Julian does: He sits at the doorway to death, ushering his brothers through whatever portal separates us from the world we know and the uncertainty that comes next. No matter what time or what day, he’s here. Patting, soothing, cooing. No, the smell doesn’t bother Julian. He’s breathed it in some 200 times before.

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In the military, and in war, soldiers learn and live by this solemn oath: No man left behind. And to Julian, that goes for the dying, too. “We promised them,” Julian says. “No man dies alone.”

 Julianbedside
Photography by Patrick Andrade

Posted by Jill Fallon at 12:11 PM | Permalink
Categories: Death and Dying

"We humans can live with a broken heart; and we can live with a shaken faith; but we cannot live with a corpse on the floor.”

Thomas Lynch, an American poet and undertaker reviews "The Work of the Dead: A Cultural History of Mortal Remains" in The Weight of Bodies.

“Why?” a priest asked me years ago, “Why is it they always call you first?” I was calling to set the time of a funeral for the coming Saturday, which would further beset a churchman’s schedule already stuffed with duties and detail.  ....“Well, Father,” I told him, “it’s because we answer the phone.” And it was and remains so: the 3 a.m. phone call most likely to be answered is not to the church, the therapist, the bank or insurance company, the accountant or doctor—each of them buffered by business hours and answering machines. The “first call,” as we undertakers call it, is reliably answered at the funeral home, where someone who knows what to do is up and waiting, or sleeping with an ear cocked to the call for help when someone dies.

And why is that?” the good priest continued.

“Because, Father”—and you can try this at home—“we humans can live with a broken heart; and we can live with a shaken faith; but we cannot live with a corpse on the floor.” 

In the early going we do not need liturgy or sympathy or therapy or pharmacy so much as we need someone to help with the heavy lift: to get the dead off the floor and out the door, whether from the E.R., the O.R., the ICU or hospice ward, kitchen or bedroom, bathroom or backyard. 

The work of the dead falls first to the living—the shoulder and shovel work required to get the dead where they need to go because only by the honorable completion of these tasks do the living get where they need to be. 
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More and more, our funeral customs treat the corpse like a nuisance to be disposed of with dispatch rather than sacred remains to be borne on its journey “home.” In a book, co-authored with the theologian Thomas G. Long (The Good Funeral, 2013) this reviewer argues that the fashionably ubiquitous “celebration of life,” which has increasingly replaced the requiem and obsequy, is notable for its dismissal of the corpse, in trade for uplifting music, hobby-themed memorial knick-knackery (the golfer, the gardener, the biker, or bowler), Hallmarky theology, and no real work because the corpse is notably nowhere to be found. It is the mortuary equivalent of a baptism without the baby or nuptials without a bride or groom. The modern funeral cannot bear the incarnate, according to Long, because we have “lost our eschatological nerve.”
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The Work of the Dead is nothing if not a history of how the churchyard gave way to the public cemetery, which in turn is giving way to the crematory, which has, not incidentally, no clerical gatekeeper. If the church wants to reassert its place in the care and disposition of the dead, it must boldly declare that a faith whose claims are based on an empty tomb ought to reacquaint itself with the weight, the gravity, of bodies. 
Posted by Jill Fallon at 11:32 AM | Permalink
Categories: Funerals, Burials and Cremations

Overcome by guilt and grief, he exhumed his wife's grave for one, last kiss

The Death Mask of Gabrielle Danton

The people's champion of the French Revolution was so overcome by grief at his wife's death he exhumed her in the dead of night to make one final replica of her face.

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George-Jacques’s wife Antoinette Gabrielle Danton died in labor on the 10th of February, 1793, along with the infant son that would have been the couple’s fourth child. Her rebel husband was away in Belgium at the time, on a military observation mission for the Revolutionary Government. The widower did not hear of his wife’s death until five days after the fact.

In the few years leading up to her death, George-Jacques had neglected his wife in favor of mistresses. Yet contemporary accounts report that he flew into a terrible, violent grief and immediately ordered a coach back to Paris.....

“Through his tears, a solution formed: he would make a likeness of her, a bust he could for ever embrace and ask for forgiveness.  The next evening he hurried to see a sculptor he knew, an artist with a workshop in the Saint-Marcel section.  The sculptor shook his head. Madame Danton had been dead for a week, he reminded his frantic visitor, in her grave for three days past.” From there Danton and the sculptor preceded to the graveyard, where the most powerful man in Paris bullied his way in. Several biographies report that after they grave was dug up, Danton forced the casket open and embraced his dead wife, possibly kissing her, before the sculptor went to work forming the mold for her death mask.

The mask was completed in short order, and bore a striking resemblance to the late Madame Danton. Unfortunately George-Jacques was unable to enjoy it for long. He was executed when revolutionaries turned against him during the Terror just over a year later, under suspicion of corruption.
Posted by Jill Fallon at 11:19 AM | Permalink
Categories: Desecration of corpses, graves | Categories: Grief and grieving

Crossword tombstone

Bean Puzzle Tombstone It took over 100 years to decode this enigmatic epitaph for two buried brides.

In rural Rushes Cemetery, Wellesley, Canada,  one headstone stands out from the rest. Rather than the usual RIP, the Bean grave marker is etched with a crossword code. A message below the code urges, “Reader meet us in heaven.”

 Bean Puzzle Tombstone

Dr. Samuel Bean’s first wife, Henrietta, died just seven months after the two were married. His second wife, Susanna, also met her untimely end after only a few months of marital bliss. Bean buried his two loves side by side, erected the mysterious tombstone above them and didn’t tell a soul what it meant. He took that secret to his watery grave when he was lost overboard from a boat heading to Cuba.

In the 1970s a 94-year-old woman solved the code and told what Dr. Bean had written for his two wives ....
Posted by Jill Fallon at 11:00 AM | Permalink
Categories: Cemeteries and graves

Protection Against 'Digital Resurrection"

Actors now seeking posthumous protections from digital resurrection

As I noted in my review of Rogue One, perhaps the most interesting aspect of the film was the digital return of Peter Cushing in the role of Grand Moff Tarkin, despite his 1994 death.

In the wake of Carrie Fisher’s sudden death, speculation is that this technique could allow the character of Princess Leia to continue despite the loss of the talented actress.....

The possibilities have launched a move by celebrities to protect their images from beyond the grave....

Robin Williams, who died over 2 years ago, was among the first to foresee these possibilities....
Robin Williams, who committed suicide in 2014, banned any use of his image for commercial means until 2039, according to court documents. He also blocked anyone from digitally inserting him into a movie or TV scene or using a hologram, as was done with rapper Tupac Shakur at Southern California’s Coachella music festival in 2012 – 16 years after his murder.
Posted by Jill Fallon at 10:53 AM | Permalink
Categories: Afterlife | Categories: Desecration of corpses, graves

Mortsafes

 Mortsafes


Mortsafes were contraptions designed to prevent grave-robbing.  Invented around 1816 to deter grave robbers whose lucrative trade supplied medical schools with fresh corpses so that its students could study human anatomy.

Posted by Jill Fallon at 10:48 AM | Permalink
Categories: Desecration of corpses, graves | Categories: Funerals, Burials and Cremations
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