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Alaskan Put Dead Hubby on Ice, Went on Traveling Wake

No laws were broken; some eyebrows were raised

(Newser) - A woman who drove her husband's body on a days-long traveling wake in Alaska and used ice from canneries to keep him cold is not accused of breaking any laws, reports the AP . Officers responded to a call last week to find the body of a 78-year-old man inside... More »

Boy Wakes Up at His Own Funeral

...but not for long: witnesses

(Newser) - As his family mourned around an open casket in Brazil, the boy inside woke up—but only long enough to ask for some water, witnesses say. Then Kelvin Santos lay back, "dead again," according to his father, in a case that's prompted a police probe. Suffering from... More »

Thousands Come Out for Day 2 of Kennedy Wake

(Newser) - Thousands more well-wishers flocked to the Kennedy Library in Boston today to pay their respects to Ted Kennedy, the Globe reports. Mourners stood in an eight-wide line that snaked back and forth throughout the parking lot. Among the mourners were several state lawmakers, a group from the Democratic Republic of... More »

Mourners Honor Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Hundreds honor founder of Special Olympics

(Newser) - Several hundred people mourned Eunice Kennedy Shriver at a wake today in Massachusetts, the Cape Cod Times reports. Husband Sargent Shriver, daughter Maria, and son-in-law Arnold Schwarzenegger were joined by family, friends, and others appreciative of Shriver’s advocacy for the disabled through the Special Olympics. "Eunice's life was... More »

Mourners Assemble in NY for Richardson Wake

(Newser) - Family and friends assembled in New York today for the wake of Natasha Richardson, the AP reports; husband Liam Neeson, their sons, and mother Vanessa Redgrave were among them. “It’s been a very, very sad few days and I think it will stay that way,” said family... More »

Corpse Proves Yankee Fan a Stand-Up Guy

Puerto Rico man receives last wish: to be mourned upright

(Newser) - A Puerto Rican man has been granted his wish to remain standing—even in death. A funeral home used a special embalming treatment to keep the corpse of 24-year-old Angel Pantoja Medina standing for his 3-day wake, the AP reports. Dressed in a Yankees cap and sunglasses, Pantoja was mourned... More »

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