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Funerals of the Wild West

The days of Buffalo Bill, Jessie James, Wyatt Earp and Butch Cassidy are long gone but have been recounted in many western movies over the years, but how much do you know about the funerals of the Old West? These were turbulent times, with gunslingers starting duels on the streets of Tombstone, AZ, cowboys and Indians fighting for control of Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) and[...]

Velorio del Angelito - Latin America's Little Angels

In Chile, the death of children used to be an everyday occurrence. With poor health care and spotty access to maternal care, 120 of every 1000 children born at the start of the 20th century died, but those numbers have since dropped to 9 of every 1000 born due to the improvement of access to[...]

The Recoleta Cemetery: The City Within A City

Surrounded by ominous neo-classical gates, a Doric-columned entrance portico and a labyrinth of richly ornate mausoleums – mixed in architecture resembling chapels, Greek temples, Roman cenotaphs, Egyptian obelisks and miniature mansions – intricately detailed with carved symbols of death-related images, Argentina's Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires is a combination of[...]

Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day

A week after the end of the Passover holiday and a week before Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day for Israel's fallen soldiers), highways and roads become inactive. Vehicles come to a stop as drivers and passengers abandon their vehicles and stand on the streets, flanking their cars. Pedestrians freeze on the spot as a siren echos through the air at ten in the morning. The people of Israel[...]

The Original Mail Order Tombstone Supplier – Sears

Long before Sears introduced their Christmas Sears' Wish Book, and retail juggernauts Costco and Walmart wholesalers began crossing over into the territory of the funeral industry by offering discounted caskets, urns and floral arrangements, Sears had introduced a new subsidiary to their infamous[...]
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