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Murder After Chinese Family Needed a Body to Cremate

They wanted to bury their son, but the body swap took a grim turn

(Newser) - In some parts of China, particularly densely populated ones, burials are not permitted. The BBC reports one family's desire to get around this ended in murder. The case is only now coming to light and involves a family living in Shanwei city in Guangdong province who wanted to be...

After Grisly Gang Rape, a Forced 3am Cremation

Family says police burned Indian victim's body without permission

(Newser) - Activists in India are urging police to explain the "inhumane decision" to cremate the body of a rape victim against her family's wishes—and after family members protesting the decision were allegedly beaten. The 19-year-old victim was a Dalit, meaning from the country's lowest caste. She spent...

Funeral Home to Nearly 100 Families: Uh, Hello?

Hamilton's Funeral Home in Des Moines is trying to unload people's ashes

(Newser) - An Iowa funeral home is calling on families to pick up the unclaimed cremated remains of nearly 100 people that it has been keeping in a locked closet for years, some since the mid-1990s, the AP reports. Lanae Strovers, of Hamilton's Funeral Home in Des Moines, told TV station...

Report: Luke Perry's Ashes Scattered on His Farm

TMZ says actor was cremated, and remains spread over his beloved Tennessee property

(Newser) - The initial confusion around Luke Perry's apparent burial appears to have been cleared up with a report he wasn't buried at all. Perry, who died March 4 after suffering a massive stroke, was cremated and his ashes spread over his Tennessee farm—"the place he most cherished,...

Scientists Discover Who's Buried at Stonehenge
Scientists Discover Who's
Buried at Stonehenge
new study

Scientists Discover Who's Buried at Stonehenge

Number of people from South Wales is a 'surprise'

(Newser) - Ever wonder who's buried at Stonehenge? Maybe not, but some of them apparently came from a ways off—which adds to our understanding of Stonehenge and shows how 5,000-year-old cremated remains can still be analyzed, the Guardian reports. A new study finds that 10 out of 25 remains...

Bourdain's Ashes to Head Stateside
Bourdain's
Ashes to Head
Stateside

Bourdain's Ashes to Head Stateside

CNN confirms chef was cremated in France

(Newser) - Anthony Bourdain was cremated in France on Wednesday, with his ashes to be sent to the US on Friday, a week after the beloved chef was found hanged, People reports, citing a source. A CNN rep confirms Bourdain has been cremated, per E! News . Bourdain had been in France filming...

Why More People Are Storing Their Dead at Home

Cremation has seen a resurgence in America

(Newser) - Visit someone's home nowadays and you may notice their dead loved one—on a shelf, on the floor, or wherever. "They are in my house," says Ellen Herman, an LA ad saleswoman, of her deceased parents. "Actually, in my bedroom! In boxes, under a bunch of...

'Like a Horror Story': Woman's Body Mistakenly Cremated

Family says funeral home then presented 2 different bodies as Sandra Bennett

(Newser) - The first body the funeral home showed them wasn't Sandra Bennett. Neither was the second. CBC reports a Canadian funeral home is under investigation after Bennett's family says it mistakenly cremated her body after she died in December at the age of 65 and then presented two other...

More than 2K Pieces of the 'Buddha' Found in Box in China

Also 260 statues and pieces of an ancient temple

(Newser) - When Siddhartha Gautama, aka the Buddha, died 2,600 years ago, legend has it that he was cremated and his remains split up among eight royal families, then eventually dispersed to several different countries. Now scientists in Jingchuan County, China, say they've found a box with thousands of pieces...

Dissident's Burial at Sea Has Unintended Consequence

Activists say it has created a global memorial

(Newser) - Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo's supporters say that in casting his ashes into the sea , the Chinese government hoped to deprive them of a permanent resting place to hold dear. What it did instead was create the world's biggest memorial, say those supporters, who plan to gather next to...

Navy Will Scatter Vet's Ashes at Site of Worst US Sub Disaster

'He felt he should have gone down with the Thresher'

(Newser) - For a half-century after the deadliest submarine disaster in US history, Navy Capt. Paul "Bud" Rogers struggled with feelings that it should have been him—and not his last-minute replacement—on the doomed voyage of the USS Thresher in which 129 men died. This week, at his family's...

Texas Rules Fetal Remains Must Be Buried, Cremated

Whether they're from miscarriages or abortions, no matter the gestational age

(Newser) - Texas women came forward earlier this month to tell their miscarriage and abortion stories to fend off proposed new funerary rules for embryonic and fetal tissue, but sharing their experiences apparently fell short of the mark. Per state health officials, starting Dec. 19, hospitals, abortion clinics, and other facilities will...

Scattering Ashes a Big No-No, Says Vatican

Keeping an urn full of ashes isn't allowed, either

(Newser) - Keeping the cremated ashes of a loved one in an urn on your mantel is officially against the rules for Catholics. New guidelines from the Vatican state that ashes must never be scattered or kept by family members, but held in a "sacred place" like a cemetery, reports the...

Thief May Have Thought Human Ashes Were Drugs

Mass. woman says her mom's remains were stolen out of her Jeep

(Newser) - A woman whose mother's ashes were stolen from her car fears an addict stole and ingested them thinking they were drugs, the AP reports. Carolyn Parker tells the Enterprise of Brockton, Mass., the ashes were in a plastic bag inside a small white box in her glove compartment. They...

Family Sues Mortuary After Body Left in Garage 2 Years

Remains of 3 others were also found

(Newser) - After 50-year-old Brigitte Godfrey died of an asthma attack in March of 2013, her family contacted Living Waters Funeral Home near Chicago to cremate the body, reports Courthouse News Service . That never happened: Two years later, Godfrey's corpse was found with three other bodies and a bag of organs...

Flameless Cremation Offers an Eco-Friendly Finale

An alkaline solution quickly dissolves human bodies

(Newser) - Even in death, you have one final way to go green. The flameless cremation uses an alkaline solution of potash, salt, and water to quickly dissolve human bodies in a pressurized vessel—doing the work of 15 to 20 years in the ground in less than two hours, the CBC...

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...

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...

Goodwill Donor Mistakenly Donates Cremated Remains

But workers were able to ID and return them

(Newser) - Two boxes of cremated human remains mistakenly included among household items donated to an Indiana Goodwill have been reunited with the deceased's next of kin. Goodwill employees sorting through donated items found two small, white boxes filled with the remains, a Lafayette police sergeant tells the Journal & Courier ...

Final Resting Place for Man's Ashes: 100 Countries

CJ Twomey's mom has made it her mission to ensure her late son sees the world

(Newser) - Over the past year, CJ Twomey has been scuba diving in the waters off the Dominican Republic, flown over Turkey in a hot-air balloon, and ascended Peru's Machu Picchu. He's visited more than 100 countries, thanks to the kindness of hundreds of strangers who are helping CJ—who...

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