For most Americans, the options of what you can have done to your body after you die likely seem limited. Cremation, embalming your body and then burying it—there are variations on those themes, but the basics remain. But mortician Caitlin Doughty has spent her life trying to change how we consider death and educate…
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.
Things we did not know existed until today: Barbie's Dream Hearse, which is perfect to ferry Barbie from her Dream House to the Dream Morgue, and then the Dream Cemetery Plot or wherever her preferred resting place is. What a fun thing.
In European cultures, we cremate our dead or bury them in a simple pine box. But coffins are a lot fancier in Ghana, where the Ga people believe that life continues in another world after death, and they want it to carry on in style. Here are some stunning examples of Ghana's famous coffin art.
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.
The way we grieve, commemorate, and dispose of our dead varies greatly from culture to culture, but some traditions really take funerals to the next level of macabre. Here are 10 of the most bizarre death rituals the world has ever known.
Some Taoist and Buddhist funerary traditions involve the bereaved burning facsimiles of household items so the dead can enjoy their use in the afterlife. Consequently, there are shops in Asia devoted to the sale of flammable, fake consumer products.
The Co-operative Funeralcare funeral home in Consett, County Durham, England has been the subject of unwanted public scrutiny after a billboard company affixed an advertisement for The Walking Dead to side of their building.
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.
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]
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.
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.
Just because you've got a mouthful of formaldehyde (instead of Jägermeister) doesn't mean you have to give up your party-hearty
lifestyle deathstyle! Here are 10 documented ways you can become a weekend warrior for all eternity.
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.
Edgar Allan Poe's original funeral was a disaster — it was never announced publicly, almost nobody attended, and a trainwreck destroyed his tombstone before it could be placed. So on his 200th birthday, he's getting a do-over.
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.
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…
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…
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…