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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 »

Funeral Goes Wrong When Thief Steals Hearse, Body

Deceased would have found it all really funny, says sister-in-law

(Newser) - It's tough to hold a funeral when someone's driven off with the body. That's apparently what happened at a recent memorial in Australia, Gawker reports. Shortly before the event, a funeral home worker was getting the hearse ready when "this guy jumped out of the bushes,... More »

Here's Melissa Rivers' Eulogy for Joan

Melissa gave one of 4 eulogies at the star-studded funeral

(Newser) - Joan Rivers' funeral last weekend was as star-studded as the late comedian had hoped for , with appearances by Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, and more. There was even a performance of "Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage" by Hugh Jackman. Rivers also got four celebrity eulogies—... More »

Joan Rivers Gets Her Star-Studded Sendoff

Howard Stern pays tribute to 'crazy aunt at Bar Mitzvah'

(Newser) - No word on whether Meryl Streep is crying in five different accents , but Joan Rivers' funeral is under way at Temple Emanu-El in New York, and the private event is basically one rather large name-drop. Luminaries including Howard Stern, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Griffin, Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Walters, Kelly Osbourne,... More »

New Service Will Send Email From Beyond the Grave

'Yahoo Ending' will delete documents, deactivate accounts, more

(Newser) - With a quarter of Japan's population already 65 and older, a new service from Yahoo Japan called Yahoo Ending aims to help people plan for their own afterlives, including the digital details. For $1.80 a month, subscribers can plan their funerals, manage their posthumous online content, and create... More »

Funeral Trend: Posing Deceased Like They're Alive

Puerto Rico spearheads phenomenon

(Newser) - A boxer wore his gloves and stood in the corner of the ring, apparently ready for a fight—except for the fact that he was deceased. The scene was the funeral of Christopher Rivera, a former fighter whose memorial service belongs to a relatively new trend: Bodies are posed the... More »

Decrepit Philadelphia Row Home to Get ... Funeral

As a symbol, before it gets demolished

(Newser) - A rundown row house in the impoverished Mantua section of Philadelphia had a colorful, centurylong record of occupancy before its last longtime residents died and it became a symbol of urban blight. Now, the boarded-up structure is getting quite the send-off. Hymns and eulogies will mark the last moments of... More »

Man Freakishly Killed on Way to Funeral

Tony Calderon crushed by a 2K-pound palm tree crown

(Newser) - A 49-year-old California man died yesterday while waiting for a ride to his uncle's funeral, according to family members. Tony Calderon was waiting streetside in an unincorporated part of East Los Angeles when a palm tree's 2,000-pound crown became detached and fell on top of him, initially... More »

Lincoln's Funeral? Rare Photos May Capture the Moment

Retired accountant spots telling pics on archive website

(Newser) - Two photographs hidden in the National Archives for decades may be rare images of Abraham Lincoln's funeral procession in New York City, the Washington Post reports. They capture the blur of a big black object—possibly a horse-drawn carriage—and hundreds of men, some with bowed heads, outside what... More »

Hollywood Elite Mourns Philip Seymour Hoffman

Stars attend private funeral in New York City

(Newser) - Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Ethan Hawke, Brian Dennehey, Amy Adams, and Ellen Burstyn were among the stars who paid their respects today at a private funeral for Philip Seymour Hoffman that combined sadness and humor to honor an actor widely considered among the best of his generation. The coffin holding... More »

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