Ask a Mortician Anything

Death becomes us all, yet most of us have little idea what happens to our bodies before and after a funeral. It doesn't have to be that way. You have questions about death, and mortician Caitlin Doughty is here with answers. » 11/06/14 2:00pm 11/06/14 2:00pm

The Morbid Art of Making Dead Bodies Beautiful

Here's a look at the delicate process of preparing a dead body for a funeral. Warning: Watching this video will force you to confront your own mortality. But at least it shows that while death may not be pretty, what you leave behind can be. » 8/29/13 12:40pm 8/29/13 12:40pm

So, I'm dead. What's the deal with my digital data?

Like life insurance, most people aren't keen to talk about what should happen to their digital selves after they die. Morbidity, the macabre, creepy—pick your poison. Nevertheless, there exist companies that deal with such things once you check out. » 4/10/11 4:00pm 4/10/11 4:00pm

320,000 Exploding Firecrackers Make For a Great Funeral

An ancient Viking tradition was to burn their dead on pyre out of respect. The modern day equivalent must be this display of 320,000 firecrackers going off at once as "a memorial to a family member." Say it with me now: Went. Out. With. A. Bang. [Geekologie] » 2/22/11 11:40pm 2/22/11 11:40pm

Man Allegedly Steals Game Boys from Teenager's Casket

Jody Lynn Bennett, 37, of Mentcle, Pa. was apparently in need of a Game Boy on Wednesday. So he popped by the local funeral home and allegedly picked a couple up—from the open casket of a dead 17-year-old. » 12/30/10 8:20am 12/30/10 8:20am

The Awesome Animal-Shaped Coffins of Ghana's Paa Joe

The Ghanaian carpenter Paa Joe is a master coffin carver. Which sounds sort of boring, until you see his coffins, which are shaped and painted like awesome stuff: cars, jets, fish, eagles. Cocoa pods. No, really! Check them out. » 12/09/10 8:00am 12/09/10 8:00am

Funeral Webcasting: Horrifying, or Totally Horrifying?

There goes that last frontier of decency. Or did it? I could almost buy into this being at worst an unfortunate necessity, when friends and loved ones are ill or abroad. That is, until I watched the official sales pitch. » 1/20/10 11:00pm 1/20/10 11:00pm

Burying Loved Ones With Cellphones Becoming Commonplace

We have seen evidence of this in the past, but it seems that burying loved ones with cellphones and other gadgets is more common than you might think. » 12/16/08 2:20pm 12/16/08 2:20pm

Man Buried With Cellphone, But Now They're Digging Him Up

Old man Banjeglav was so god-awful addicted to his cellphone and text messaging that he told his son to bury him with the thing. So when he died recently, that's just what his son did. Only problem was, Banjeglav's 10-year-old grandson snatched the cellphone out of the dead man's rigor mortis-frozen clutches between… » 10/26/07 10:21am 10/26/07 10:21am

Future Funerals to Be Broadcast Online

The idea may sound a little morbid, but an undertaker in the UK has started broadcasting funerals live over the Internet. Funeral directors at S Clark and Son hope that by doing this, they'll be able to bring family/friends together during times of mourning. The service is offered for free, and there's a… » 3/14/07 4:44pm 3/14/07 4:44pm

Digital Tombstone: Infrared Sensor Wakes the Dead

Dutch inventor Henk Rozema takes the death video business to the next level with this digital gravestone, equipped with an LCD display that can play video, still photos and audio messages from the deceased. It appears that the main contribution of this latest version of Videos From Beyond the Grave is an infrared… » 4/04/06 12:09pm 4/04/06 12:09pm

The Latest Cameraphone Trend: Funerals

Reuters is reporting on the latest camera phone trend in Japan. It seems that funeral attendees are now photographing the deceased one last time before the burial or cremation. A Japanese funeral director described an event where a group of people circled around the corpse and began snapping photos from camera phones… » 2/16/06 5:00pm 2/16/06 5:00pm