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Sitting Shiva Sympathy Gift, the Jewish Tradition of Mourning
Sitting Shiva is the tradition of mourning in the Jewish religion. Gathering together as a community is at the core of sitting Shiva, just as it is at the core of many Jewish traditions. The strength and support of friends, family and neighbors, during sitting Shiva, plays a key role in helping the bereaved get through the process of grieving.

Cremation: A Sometimes Difficult Subject
Today, about a quarter of all deaths in the United States are followed by cremation. A new national survey indicates forty six percent of Americans plan to choose cremation, up fifteen percent from 1990. In some states, the choice of cremation is rising very rapidly.

An Opening: Revisiting An Old Loss
I can't explain where, after thirty-one years, the need to visit my mother's grave came from. I was driving south on Highway 99, thinking about this and wondering what to expect when I got there. I first started feeling this need a few months earlier and had ordered a copy of her death certificate from the Office of Vital Statistics in Sacramento.

British skeleton could unearth Medieval mysteries
A medieval cemetery containing about 1,300 skeletons has been discovered in the central English city of Leicester, archeologists said Tuesday. The bones were found during a dig at a site being developed as part of a shopping mall, to cost about $725-million.

A Brief History of Golden Caskets
Caskets made entirely of gold are very rare. When they are found, they are usually priceless artifacts of historical significance. In the modern day, some people choose to buy caskets with decorative golden inlays.

Death changes perspective
We live and we die. But while living, most of us don't keep the thought of death in mind. A person suffering from an incurable disease may keep it in his/her mind, but not a normal person suffering from ordinary ailments.

Conquering Death: A Commentary on Buddha's Words
Fear of death is the most widespread and deep-seated fear within the hearts of the human race. All religions pay a great deal of attention to the subjects of death and immortality.

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