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Female Shaman Buried in Strangely Elaborate Grave

Many others were buried nearby, but this woman was treated differently

(Newser) - The 4-foot-9 woman may have been diminutive in height, but the manner in which the 40-something was buried suggests a sizeable social stature. Since researchers discovered her 12,000-year-old grave in Israel in 2005, a team has been piecing together the story behind a woman they are calling a "... More »

Instead of a Wedding, a Joint Funeral for Orlando Couple

'They were soul mates'

(Newser) - They lived together, died together, and will now be laid to rest together. Juan Guerrero, 22, and Christopher "Drew" Leinonen, 33, who'd been dating for almost two years, were one of several couples killed at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, per the Washington Post , and their families are now... More »

'High-Energy' Service Recalls Muhammad Ali

The Louisville Lip is remembered in his hometown

(Newser) - Muhammad Ali's younger brother wept, swayed to hymns, and hugged anyone he could reach. He raised his hands to the sky, eyes closed, surrounded by congregants at the church where their father once worshipped. Rahaman Ali took center stage at the two-hour, high-energy service at King Solomon Missionary Baptist... More »

A Family's Challenge of a 'Natural Burial'

You'll need proper permits, and dry ice

(Newser) - When Jake Seniuk of Washington state died of cancer, his wishes were clear: He wanted a simple, natural burial in keeping with the way he lived his life. His family not only complied but worked with Seniuk to plan the particulars before he died, writes Katie Herzog at Grist . But... More »

Woman on Way to Mom's Funeral Killed in Crash

Mother's ashes were believed to have been in the vehicle

(Newser) - Danielle Vale, 48, was en route to her mother's funeral in Utah Saturday when she was killed in a car crash, KUTV reports. The Nevada woman was in a pickup truck being driven by a 48-year-old man who lost control of the vehicle on the icy road; it rolled... More »

No One Knew Body in Coffin Wasn't Grandma— Except Little Kids

Adults thought Val-Jean McDonald's body looked odd but didn't say anything

(Newser) - With eight sons, more than 20 grandkids, and nearly two dozen great- and great-great-grandchildren, it wasn't surprising there were lots of attendees at Val-Jean McDonald's funeral after her death in December at the age of 81, the New York Times reports. What was surprising: Not a single adult... More »

Obama Skipping Nancy Reagan's Funeral for SXSW

Michele Bachmann says it's a 'classless' move

(Newser) - Michele Bachmann is blasting President Obama as "self-centered" and "classless" after the White House announced he would not attend Nancy Reagan's funeral on Friday. Instead, he'll attend the technology and music festival South by Southwest as a headliner and discuss civic engagement with The Texas Tribune'... More »

Thousands Attend Funeral Mass for Justice Scalia

His son, Rev. Paul Scalia, led the service

(Newser) - Thousands of people attended Saturday's funeral Mass in Washington DC for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the AP reports. The Mass was held at the nation's largest Roman Catholic church—the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The Rev. Paul Scalia—one of... More »

Funeral Called Off After Body Mix-Up

Chicago family horrified to discover matriarch had already been buried

(Newser) - When Monique Williams and her brother went to a Chicago funeral home Friday to ID her mom's body before her funeral the next day, they thought something was amiss. "[We said], 'That don't look nothing like Mom,'" Williams tells CBS Chicago . For one, the... More »

Released at Dad's Grave, Girl's Balloons Fly Home

Balloons with a letter fly 25 miles from the cemetery back to girl's home

(Newser) - This past Father's Day, not long after John Seibold lost an eight-month battle with cancer, his 13-year-old daughter, Saige, released a fistful of balloons from his gravesite in Sterling, Okla. Mother Sandy thought it might be helpful for her daughter to send balloons "to heaven," and the... More »

Obama Eulogizes Beau Biden

He lived a 'life of meaning,' says the president

(Newser) - The Bidens bid farewell to Beau Biden today in Delaware, with President Obama delivering the eulogy. "He was a scion of an incredible family who brushed away the possibility of privilege for the harder, better reward of earning his own way," said the president, as per AP . And... More »

6 States That Cremate 70% of Dead People

Hello, Nevada (or should we say good-bye?)

(Newser) - If you live in Nevada and plan to die there, you'll be in good company should you opt for cremation. According to a cool interactive map created by Slate , 74% of the state's dead were cremated in 2013. That from a country that, as Slate observes, cremated only... More »

To the Beat of Jazz Fest, Joyous Funerals

New Orleans' unique jazz funerals send the departed off in style

(Newser) - Amid the music, food, and fanfare of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is a sight some may find surprising: a funeral procession. Fest-goers hold up cameras and iPhones as a brass band leads a procession of mourners holding photos of their beloved departed. The group includes dancers with... More »

2 Killed After NYC Funeral

Another 4 injured after Brooklyn church attack

(Newser) - A dispute outside a New York City church where a funeral was taking place last night triggered a shooting that left two people dead and four others injured, police say. Authorities say 15 rounds were fired outside Emmanuel Church of God in Brooklyn's East Flatbush neighborhood around 8:30pm... More »

China: No More Funeral Strippers

Apparently, erotic funeral shows are all the rage in rural China

(Newser) - Chinese officials are launching a campaign in some rural areas to crack down on stripteases and other lewd shows that have become popular at ... funerals. The Ministry of Culture said yesterday that it will tighten control over rural culture, where vulgar performances have been thriving because of a general lack... More »

Russia Blocks Some From Putin Critic's Funeral

'He was our hope'

(Newser) - Mourners have gathered at a human rights center to remember slain Vladimir Putin critic Boris Nemtsov —but many haven't been welcome at the event, the BBC reports. Opposition leader Alexei Navalny, held for 15 days after promoting a demonstration, hasn't been allowed out of jail, while Poland'... More »

The Issues With Burying the French Terrorists in France

French law allows local burials, but officials don't want fanatics visiting graves

(Newser) - It's been a week since French gunmen Cherif Kouachi, Said Kouachi, and Amedy Coulibaly were killed , but their bodies remain unburied, probably somewhere in a Paris morgue, the New York Times reports. French law allows for local burial, though an official family request must be made to the mayor... More »

Minister Halts Lesbian's Funeral

He wouldn't allow images of her with partner to be shown

(Newser) - Mourners at a Colorado funeral had to pick up flowers, programs—and the casket—and move the whole service to a mortuary across the street because the church objected to a photo of Vanessa Collier proposing to her wife. Friends and family members of the 33-year-old lesbian say Pastor Ray... More »

NYPD Chief to Cops: Don't Shun Mayor Tomorrow

De Blasio to speak at funeral of slain officer

(Newser) - The chief of the NYPD has issued an unusual request to members of the force: He doesn't want them to turn their backs on Bill de Blasio tomorrow when the mayor speaks at an officer's funeral. Chief William Bratton hopes to avoid a repeat of what happened when... More »

Police Turn Backs on NYC Mayor at Slain Officer's Funeral

Thousands turn out to honor Rafael Ramos

(Newser) - Thousands of police officers from across the nation packed a church and spilled onto streets today to honor Officer Rafael Ramos as a devoted family man, aspiring chaplain and hero, though an air of unrest surrounding his ambush shooting was not completely pushed aside. Although mourners inside the New York... More »

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