Digital Dying Weekly News: 3/27/2015

By: Funeralwise | Date: Fri, March 27th, 2015

Dean Smith Trust
Courtesy Serge Zwikker As well as the check, Dean Smith's trust sent letters on behalf of the coach to all of his former players. (Source:

From the touching news that legendary coach Dean Smith had remembered his former players in his will to the coverage of the epic journey of King Richard III to his final resting place, this week’s news is filled with stories that will touch your heart and some that will make you shake your head.

Digital Dying Weekly News: 3/27/2015

PBS’ ‘Cancer’ an epic, vital story Ken Burns just couldn’t refuse

Mar 27, 2015 – LA Times: Edward Herrmann had collapsed at the studio in New York, and no one knew why. The actor had arrived to record his narrator part for Ken Burns’ latest documentary epic for PBS, “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.” The three-part, six-hour film, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, traces the story of the disease from its earliest accounts in ancient Egypt to the latest scientific breakthroughs and their impact on real-life patients… Read the full story

Digital Dying Weekly News: Dean Smith Trust

Courtesy Serge Zwikker
As well as the check, Dean Smith’s trust sent letters on behalf of the coach to all of his former players. (Source:

Dean Smith remembers players in will

Mar 26, 2015 – ESPN: Dean Smith got a chance to thank his players one last time. As well as the check, Dean Smith’s trust sent letters on behalf of the coach to all of his former players. The former North Carolina coach, who died last month at 83, directed his trust in his will to give $200 to every letter winner who played for him during his 36 seasons as head coach at the school… Read full story

Smutty meets sacred: Funeral strippers make a comeback in China

Mar 25, 2015 – Asian Correspondent: The sacred and the smutty are converging at funeral services in rural China. According to a recent ‘Shanghaiist’ article, many urban Chinese residents hailing from the northeastern province of Hebei were shocked to learn, upon returning to their hometowns for Spring Festival, that strippers were being hired to perform for mourners… Read full story


Insite the hot and noisy world of Taiwan’s stripper funerals

Letter to my readers upon my death

Mar 25, 2015 – Mundane Faithfulness. I just wrote the simple title: Letter to my readers upon my death, and I’m undone. This is a letter I have written in my head for months, but putting the first words on paper is my undoing. I cannot begin to use this simple language to express the heart of what I feel for this community. There is so much love in this community I can barely take it all in at times. I have been prayed for, cried over, my story shared over and over. You all can’t know the love I have felt from each of you… Read full story

Digital Dying Weekly News: Richard III Burial

The coffin is carried by the military bearer party during the service for the re-burial of Richard III at Leicester cathedral. Photograph: Will Johnston/Leicester Cathedra/PA. Source: The Guardian

Past McDonald’s and KFC, last of the Plantagenets makes his final journey: ROBERT HARDMAN witnesses one of the strangest royal processions in history as Richard III is taken to last resting place

Mar 23, 2015 – The Daily Mail: Five centuries after supposedly uttering the most famous last wish in the English language, Richard III was finally rewarded yesterday evening. ‘A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!’ he is said to have cried in his dying moments. Last night, watched by tens of thousands of onlookers and millions of television viewers, the most vilified monarch in our history was carried to his last resting place on a gun carriage hauled by two dark mares and a pair of handsome geldings called Egor and Hagrid. You wait 529 years for a horse and four come at once… Read full story


King Richard III reburial: Time, funeral route and all you need to know

Richard III: Leicester welcomes king’s remains

Richard III funeral – live updates

Urban Death Project seeks to compost dead humans to feed the crops: has it really come to this?

Mar 22, 2015 – Natural News: A Seattle architect named Katrina Spade has proposed a new solution for urban food production: convert the recently deceased into nutritious compost to feed the food crops. The project is called the Urban Death Project, and it describes the process of turning dead humans into food as follows: The Urban Death Project is a compost-based renewal system… Read full story

Abraham Lincoln funeral train replica won’t recreate historic trip

Mar 21, 2015 – Northwest Herald: A hefty fundraising shortfall has dashed plans to send a replica of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train car to trace the journey that brought the assassinated president’s body back to Springfield, Illinois, from Washington… Read full story

Digital Dying Weekly News: Ancient Budda Head

A terra cotta head of Buddha discovered during excavation. Source:

Large, Rare Statue Portraying the Death of Buddha Unearthed at Ancient Bahmala Stupa Site

Mar 21, 2015 – Ancient Origins: Two rare and ancient Buddha statues have been unearthed at the Bhamala Stupa site in Pakistan. The largest ever statue found at the site depicts the death of ancient sage Buddha. A second statue unearthed is a Buddha with a double halo, the first of this type to be found at Bhamala Stupa… Read full story


Rare discoveries made at Bhamula Stupa site

Bhamla Stupa Site, Khanpur

 A Dying Neurosurgeon’s Exquisite Message To His Daughter

Mar 20, 2015 – Huffington Post Gratitude: In residency, there’s a saying: The days are long, but the years are short. In neurosurgical training, the day usually began a little before 6 a.m., and lasted until the operating was done, which depended, in part, on how quick you were in the OR. A resident’s surgical skill is judged by his technique and his speed. You can’t be sloppy and you can’t be slow. From your first wound closure onward, spend too much time being precise and the scrub tech will announce, “Looks like we’ve got a plastic surgeon on our hands!” Or say: “I get your strategy — by the time you finish sewing the top half of the wound, the bottom will have healed on its own… Read full story

How to recreate a Viking funeral – minus the human sacrifice

Mar 20, 2015 – The Conversation: When most people think of Vikings, they think of the usual stuff: longships, raiding, fighting, loot, burial and paganism. Scholars are increasingly aware that the reality was more complicated, but no doubt the popular associations will remain – and are reinforced by the likes of last year’s Viking exhibition at the British Museum in London… Read full story

Digital Dying Weekly News: Grieving Doctor

The photo of a grieving doctor taken by an EMT in California and then posted on social media after receiving the doctor’s permission.

Heart-wrenching photo of doctor crying goes viral. Here’s why.

Mar 20, 2015 – Outside of a Southern California hospital, an ER doctor is crouched down against a concrete wall grieving the loss of his 19-year-old patient. A paramedic snaps a photo of the tender scene. His coworker, a close friend of the doctor, posts the photo (with permission) online. Minutes after the photograph, the doctor returns to work “holding his head high… Read full story


Paramedic shares heart-breaking photo of ER doctor grieving after losing 19-year-old patient

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