Human composting is modeled after green burials, a practice that avoids using metal or concrete containers. In a green or natural burial, the body is not prepared with embalming fluids. "The goal is complete decomposition of the body and its natural return to the soil,"
January marked the 50th anniversary of my brother Dennis’s death. The sheer volume of days, months, and years is staggering. But it’s more than that. I’m amazed that after five decades, the dull ache of loss persists.
RALEIGH, N.C. (RNS) — How do you understand the meaning of life and death? And, more urgently, how do you grieve? J. Dana Trent is helping to facilitate discussions about a good death, both in the classroom and to church groups.
`In December, my best friend, Charles, passed away. I was devastated. From the outside looking in, someone might wonder how Charles and I ever became friends, especially since there’s a 57-year age difference.
Rev. Sabrina Gray is the director of Planning Ahead, a three-part program at Bethel AME in Boston, in which participants map out their end-of-life plans. Since the program’s inception, Gray has helped some 200 people prepare for their final season of life.
(RNS) — The scripture readings for the First Sunday of Advent speak to us of the second coming of Christ (not the coming of baby Jesus at Christmas). This is not an imaginary exercise, either, because Jesus is coming, we just don't know when.
HERMITAGE, Tenn. (BP) -- Clayton Gangji would have been 16 years old on June 6. Yet, more than two years ago, Clayton was killed by gunfire at the age of 14 after being involved in a robbery involving stolen cars.