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Toronto Is Running Out of Burial Space
Toronto Is Running Out
of Burial Space

Toronto Is Running Out of Burial Space

The Local looks at the complex dynamics at play in the bereavement industry

(Newser) - Residents of Toronto who aim to be buried in their city better be planning ahead. Because as Inori Roy reports in the Local , the city is quickly running out of burial space. Advocates have been raising the alarm for years, and the issue is coming to a head. The city...

After 128 Years on Display, Mummy Finally Gets His Burial

'Stoneman Willie' identified as James Murphy, of Irish descent from New York

(Newser) - A dead man whose body sat on display for 128 years in Pennsylvania has finally been laid to rest. James Murphy—better known as "Stoneman Willie" due to his hardened skin, the result of an experimental embalming technique—was buried Saturday in Reading under a black tombstone carrying both...

She May Have Carved Path for an Ancient Warrior Queen
Researchers: This
Ancient Warrior
Was No Man

Researchers: This Ancient Warrior Was No Man

Grave of female on UK island of Bryher suggests women had leading roles in warfare 2K years ago

(Newser) - When archaeologists came across a a 2,000-year-old grave on an island off the coast of Britain in 1999, they were confused. Inside lay a sword and shield, typically buried with men, and a brooch and mirror, typically buried with women, reports the Guardian . DNA testing failed to tell archaeologists...

Cougar That Made 'Improbable Journey' Gets a Tribal Burial

Native American tribes oversaw private interment of P-22, who resided for years in LA's Griffith Park

(Newser) - A mountain lion who emerged from Southern California's mountains nearly a dozen years ago and has resided in Los Angeles' Griffith Park ever since was buried over the weekend in a tribal ceremony after being euthanized late last year, a rep for the Tongva Taraxat Paxaavxa Conservancy confirms to...

Human Composting Now an Option in a 6th State

Burial method, becoming popular with the eco-conscious, is legal in New York

(Newser) - Howard Fischer, a 63-year old investor living north of New York City, has a wish for when he dies. He wants his remains to be placed in a vessel, broken down by tiny microbes and composted into rich, fertile soil. Fischer now should be able to have his wish come...

Dig Unearths Find That 'Has Nudged the Course of History'

Medieval grave held gold, jewels, and perhaps one of the first female early Christian leaders in Britain

(Newser) - On one of the last days of an otherwise unexciting 10-week dig in Britain's Northamptonshire in April, Levente-Bence Balazs spotted teeth. Then the dig leader saw gold. What Balazs, of the Museum of London Archaeology, suspected to be a rubbish pit was, in fact, a grave dating back 1,...

Uvalde Sweethearts to Be Buried Side by Side

Annabell Rodriguez, Xavier Lopez would text each other 'I love you,' say their moms

(Newser) - As toddlers, Annabell Rodriguez and Xavier Lopez played together at a trailer park where Xavier lived alongside Annabell's relatives. When the pair met again on the first day of fourth grade at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, they had no memory of those playdates, but they liked each other...

Gunfire Rang Out During the Burial Service. 2 Were Hit

A juvenile was among the injured after shooting at funeral in Racine, Wis.

(Newser) - Update: After murky initial reports, police now confirm to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that two people at a cemetery in Racine, Wisconsin, were hit when gunfire rang out during a burial service on Thursday. Sgt. Kristi Wilcox tells TMJ4 that one of the injured individuals was flown to a Milwaukee...

Oldest Known Grave of Baby Girl Found in Europe
Rare Find: Infant Girl
Buried 10K Years Ago

Rare Find: Infant Girl Buried 10K Years Ago

Burial suggests females were highly regarded at the time

(Newser) - The earliest known burial of a female infant in Europe has convinced some archaeologists that humans living 10,000 years ago considered females as members of society at birth—a find that might be surprising considering many women didn’t gain personhood under law until the 20th century. The child,...

Murder After Chinese Family Needed a Body to Cremate

They wanted to bury their son, but the body swap took a grim turn

(Newser) - In some parts of China, particularly densely populated ones, burials are not permitted. The BBC reports one family's desire to get around this ended in murder. The case is only now coming to light and involves a family living in Shanwei city in Guangdong province who wanted to be...

Hollywood Gives the 'Bandit' a Final Resting Place

Burt Reynolds' remains are buried in the Hollywood Forever cemetery more than 2 years after his death

(Newser) - Burt Reynolds reached his final resting place Thursday at a storied Hollywood cemetery. A small, private ceremony, with relatives taking part remotely via Zoom, was held Thursday morning at the Hollywood Forever cemetery, where Reynolds' cremated remains were placed in a grave next to a lake nearly 2 1/2 years...

Woman Blasts Texas Governor on Virus, Then Offers an Invite

Fiana Tulip pens letter to Greg Abbott, citing his 'poor leadership' and asking him to mom's funeral

(Newser) - Isabelle Odette Papadimitriou was a 64-year-old respiratory therapist from Texas with no underlying health issues who died of COVID-19 on the Fourth of July, after just a week of suffering from a seemingly mild case, per the Houston Chronicle . Now, her funeral is set for Monday, and her daughter, Fiana...

NYC Steps Up Mass Burials
NYC Steps Up
Mass Burials

NYC Steps Up Mass Burials

Hart Island sees 'drastic' rise in interments as morgues are cleared for virus victims

(Newser) - More than 5,000 people have died in New York City from the coronavirus, and it looks like some of them may be headed to what the New York Daily News calls the "Island of the Dead." Hart Island, located off the Bronx and run by the...

NYC Official Shares Contingency Plan: Mass Grave in Park

It would be 'dignified' and 'temporary,' he says

(Newser) - One of New York City's top health officials warned Monday that the city may need to prepare for a "gruesome reality" as COVID-19 deaths mount: the burial of bodies in a city park, with "trenches dug for 10 caskets in a line." "It will be...

Mass Grave to Hold 2.4K Fetal Remains Kept by Doctor

Indiana AG Curtis Hill to preside over Wednesday's burial in South Bend

(Newser) - More than 2,400 fetal remains found in the possession of a late abortion doctor now have a final resting place. All remains will be buried Wednesday in a single grave at Southlawn Cemetery in South Bend, Ind., in compliance with a state law requiring fetal remains be buried or...

The Bryants Have Been Laid to Rest

Pair were buried Friday in Corona del Mar, Calif.

(Newser) - Kobe and Gianna Bryant have been laid to rest. Death certificates issued Tuesday show the NBA legend and his 13-year-old daughter were buried Friday. The private family service at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar, Calif., not far from the Bryant home, came almost two weeks after the...

Seattle Will Have Nation's First Human Composting Site
Seattle Will Have Nation's First
Human Composting Site

Seattle Will Have Nation's First Human Composting Site

They've found a forest home for all the soil

(Newser) - A warehouse in Seattle is being converted into a facility to turn the dearly departed into mulch. Washington state's first-in-the-nation bill legalizing human composting takes effect in May and Katrina Spade, CEO of Recompose, believes the facility will be the first of many. She has created a process that...

Why John Dillinger Is Being Exhumed
Why John Dillinger
Is Being Exhumed
the rundown

Why John Dillinger Is Being Exhumed

The exhumation is loosely set for September 16 in Indianapolis

(Newser) - The plan to exhume John Dillinger's body is real, and could be spectacular—if it uncovers evidence of the Depression-era bank robber living beyond his reported death. So goes the suggestion by a man and woman who identify Dillinger as their uncle and say his 1934 demise was greatly...

Healthy Dog Euthanized, Buried With Owner
Healthy Dog Euthanized,
Buried With Owner

Healthy Dog Euthanized, Buried With Owner

Shelter workers tried to save Shih Tzu

(Newser) - Evidence of people having beloved pets killed and buried with them has been found in ancient civilizations—and also in present-day Virginia. Despite the objections of workers at an animal shelter in Chesterfield, the executor of a woman's estate had Emma, her healthy Shih Tzu mix, euthanized, cremated, and...

This State Just Legalized Composting of Humans

Washington is first to legalize alternative to burial, cremation

(Newser) - Ashes to ashes, guts to dirt. Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation Tuesday making Washington the first state to approve composting as an alternative to burying or cremating human remains. It allows licensed facilities to offer "natural organic reduction," which turns a body, mixed with substances such as wood...

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