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  • Caitlin Berrigan 4:46 pm on April 22, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , ritual   

    Issues of rituals, waste & cremation in a closed, urban water system in this article, ‘Hindus Find a Ganges in Queens, to Park Rangers’ Dismay’: “He visited dozens of Hindu temples to discuss the area’s fragile ecosystem — how saris could strangle the sea grass, flowers could choke the birds, and fruit could disrupt the food chain.”

  • Caitlin Berrigan 4:00 pm on April 8, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: atmosphere, , , reuse   

    Interesting article on harnessing heat from a crematorium in the UK: ‘Heat from a crematorium will be used to warm a leisure centre and swimming pool in Worcestershire in a controversial green scheme expected to be approved tonight. The Abbey Stadium leisure centre in Redditch will use waste heat from neighbouring Redditch Crematorium to conserve energy and costs. But the proposal, the first of its kind in the UK, has divided opinion and been described as “sick”, “eerie” and “insensitive”. ‘

  • Caitlin Berrigan 5:56 pm on February 1, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: autopsy, CSI, journalism,   

    Death Investigation 

    Death Investigation (Image: NPR)

    I just found this whole series on NPR on Postmortem Death Investigation in America. Lots of interesting stories!


  • Caitlin Berrigan 7:32 pm on January 19, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , Event,   


    Postmortem Options: A Workshop on the Dead Body
    hosted by the Decompiculture Society

    Tuesday Jan 25, 20116-8:30pm

    MIT, Wiesner Building, Room E15-207
    20 Ames Street, Cambridge

    Jae Rhim Lee, Mushroom Burial Site (Bridgeville, CA), Infinity Burial Project

    Join the Decompiculture Society for a free workshop exploring new and traditional technologies in the funeral industry. Presentations on options of burial, cremation and alternatives will be given by a diverse group of representatives, including:

    • Joe Sehee, Green Burial Council
    • Emma Crossen and Nancy Accola, Funeral Consumers Alliance of Eastern Massachusetts
    • Captain Brad White, New England Burials at Sea, LLC
    • Ruth Faas, Mourning Dove Studio
    • Paul Harrington, Licensed Funeral Director and Former Manager, Forest Hills Crematory
    • Jae Rhim Lee, Infinity Burial Project

    This workshop is sponsored by the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology and the Decompiculture Society, a newly formed group that promotes death awareness and acceptance and the cultivation of decomposing organisms.  The Decompiculture Society is a component of the Infinity Burial Project, an art/design project by Jae Rhim Lee, with funding from the Creative Capital Foundation.

    Contact: Jae Rhim Lee, jrlee (at) mit (dot) edu, 617-710-4188

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