In May 1876, Baron Joseph Henry Louis Charles De Palm died, leaving his worldy goods to Theosophical Society
president H.S. Olcott
with the request that his body be disposed of “in a fashion that would illustrate the Eastern notions of death and immortality." And so, after what the press called a "Pagan Funeral" in New York and with the help of Pennsylvania doctor Francis LeMoyne
, his became the first modern cremation in the United States
. The New York Times
of 1876 covered both funeral
. (That is, if you can stand to read grainy pdf scans of old newsprint.)
In Winter 2009, a theosophist telling of events
was published in the American society's quarterly, Quest
magazine. Olcott himself devoted several chapters to De Palm's story in his Old Diary Leaves
posted by Lorin
on Oct 4, 2012 -
- "The process of having cremated ash placed in live ammunition begins when you contact us. You tell us what type of hunting or shooting that the decedent practiced and we can help you decide what will best suit your needs....1 Pound of ash is enough to produce 250 shotshells."
posted by madamjujujive
on Jul 31, 2011 -
Library of Dust depicts individual copper canisters, each containing the cremated remains of patient from a state-run psychiatric hospital. The patients died at the hospital between 1883 (the year the facility opened, when it was called the Oregon State Insane Asylum) and the 1970’s; their bodies have remained unclaimed by their families.
posted by oneirodynia
on Aug 4, 2008 -
, Austria, besides being idylic, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is historically fascinating: A Bronze Age cultural center
, with a 2,500-year-old salt mine
(the world's first); beautiful ice caves
; and a Catholic cemetery so small that the dead were regularly disinterred after a time, their skulls painstakingly identified and decorated and stacked in an ossuary
posted by bigskyguy
on Aug 28, 2007 -
"Our society really doesn't deal well with the whole dying process."
No, it's not
Through the magic of soft teddy bears, pillows, and plush dogs or cats, you can hold your deceased loved one, thanks to Huggable Urns.
It's founder, Alexandra, Lachini was inspired to form the enterprise after her recently departed father spoke to her. "All I wanted to do was hold him again, but the urn was hard and impersonal." For less than $100, her solution can be yours too.
posted by motherfather
on Jul 5, 2006 -
Damned if you do, damned if you're dead. If families don't purchase an expensive urn for cremated remains, require them to purchase a $45 temporary container. But be sure to stamp it "Temporary Container" on all four sides, advises one industry newsletter.
The funeral industry may not be making any friends, but they're making a boatload of money. The Funeral Consumers Alliance
would like to help them make a little less.
posted by headspace
on Mar 19, 2002 -