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It’s that time of the week again when we do a wrap-up of interesting death stuff from around the web:
Yesterday, we had the great pleasure of attending the Digital Legacy Conference in London (a full recap coming soon!) where we heard a range of excellent talks from speakers in the fields of death, medical care and the tech industry on how the digital age is changing dying, grief and memorials. Now let’s all go and make a Social Media Will! Dead Social has a whole bunch of free tutorials to help you get your digital affairs in order.
In other news, scientists in South Africa may have just found the world’s oldest preserved human skin, on a 2 million year old fossil of Australopithecus sediba. This could offer new insights into our evolutionary ancestry and is possibly the oldest human soft tissue ever discovered.
Hyde Park pet cemetery. Image from “19th century photographs” online. Photographer unknown.
The BBC ran an article on the rising popularity of pet cemeteries in the UK. Instead of burying Rover in the back garden, more and more people are looking for a permanent memorial and funeral for their companion animals. Of course, this is not a new thing, as this article on London Insight on the beautiful Victorian Hyde Park pet cemetery shows.
Ever wondered what actually happens to your body after you die? Of course you have! Ars Technica gives you all the details.
Finally, how did we miss this? Everyone’s favourite mortician and founder of the Order of the Good Death, Caitlin Doughty, examines the hidden dead of London along with Dr Lindsey Fitzharris, medical historian and all-round lovely person. Check out Lindsey’s channel, Under the Knife, as well.
Hello and happy Sunday! Welcome to another Sunday Sundries post, where we share interesting things that we have found from around the Internet this week.
First up is a powerful talk from David R. Dow. Prof. Dow is a death penalty defence lawyer and runs a death penalty clinic at University of Houston Law Centre where law students help with representing individuals currently serving time on death row. He is also the founder of the Texas Innocence Network where law students investigate claims of actual innocence by Texas prisoners.
In this talk, Prof. Dow talks at length about the stages that a person goes through that can lead up to their execution, looking at both influences in their lives and upbringing as well as the legal process. A lot of what Prof. Dow speaks of relates to preventing murders. On Deathly Ponderings, we discuss representations of death and dying in many different parts of society, and murder is certainly not excluded from these discussions.
Next up we have something completely different from Prof John Troyer from the Unversity of Bath’s Centre for Death and Society who talks about the concept of Future Death. For those of you that went to the recent Death Salon UK, Prof Troyer gave a relatively similar talk so you might remember some of this. For those of you that were not able to attend, here’s a chance to catch up!
Finally, some fun links.
First up we have a superbly wonderful deathly Death Acceptance Reading List from the lovely folk at The Order of the Good Death. We’re certainly going to be adding some of these to our reading wishlists! What would you add to this list?
Next we have an interesting article from Mashable that looks at various business ventures that focus on death, disposal and remembrance. What would your entrepreneurial new deathly business idea be?
Lastly, a very powerful quote from writer Caitlin Moran and illustrated by the wonderfully talented Gavin Aung Thang, the person behind Zen Pencils. Certainly gives you something to think about when trying to be accepting of death and reality that that brings.
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