Tag Archives: Burial Practices

Funeral and Burial Practices in Liberia

Even during the Ebola outbreak, Liberians insisted on proper burials for their loved ones

Honoring loved ones who have died is very important for the Liberian people. Though there are many regions in Liberia that have differing customs, there are certain beliefs and practices that are employed by many Liberians across the West African … Continue reading

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Cremation Rates Exploding In The United States

More Americans are choosing cremation over burial for its environmental and economic benefits

In 1960, about 3.6 percent of the population opted for cremation. However, that number has risen steadily ever since. The Cremation Association of North America reports that in 2014, the national cremation rate reached 46.7 percent. That’s an astounding 1211.80 percent … Continue reading

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The Ancient Practice of Sky Burial

How the nomads of Mongolia return their loved ones to the universe

For thousands of years, the nomads of Mongolia have roamed the steppes of Central Asia, carrying their belongings and setting up their tents, called “gers,” on the harsh, inhospitable land. One of the last remaining nomadic cultures on Earth, these … Continue reading

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Suspended Burials in China

A fascinating and beautiful tradition that left coffins suspended on cliff sides

There are countless unique and fascinating burial and death traditions across the world. But one that is especially intriguing — and quite beautiful — is the practice of suspended burials. This form of “burial” was practiced by the Bo people of … Continue reading

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A Clash Between Science and Culture

How western medicine came to grips with centuries-old burial traditions in West Africa

When the Ebola epidemic ravaged West Africa in 2014 through 2015, much of the Western world was focused on one thing – containing the disease. But in the villages of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, where the virus claimed over … Continue reading

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Swiss Pragmatism Extends into Death

The ever-pragmatic Swiss approach burial practices and cremation scattering with a heavy dose of reality

Since many members of our SevenPonds team have tapped into their ethnic roots for this column, I’m long overdue to contribute. I’m half Swiss, so I’m familiar with Switzerland’s more progressive burial practices (and cremation scattering.) Let’s face it, the … Continue reading

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