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Historic Burial Grounds of the New Hampshire Seacoast By Glenn A. Knoblock

Arcadia Publishing has releases a new title in the Images of America series, the historic account of the cemeteries along the New Hampshire Seacoast. This collection is a must for anyone interested in local history, genealogy, or colonial-era art. Please visit Arcadia Publishing to purchase your copy of Historic Burial Grounds of the New Hampshire Seacoast and browse other cemetery books!

Green-Wood Cemetery By Alexandra Mosca

Arcadia Publishing announces the release of the historic account of one of New York's most famous cemeteries. Aracdia Publishing's Images of America series has an extensive catalog of many cemetery publications! Please visit Arcadia Publishing to purchase your copy of Green-Wood Cemetery.


Quoting Death in Early Modern England: The Poetics of Epitaphs Beyond the Tomb By Scott L. Newstok

An innovative study of the Renaissance practice of making epitaphic gestures within other English genres. A poetics of quotation uncovers the ways in which writers including Shakespeare, Marlowe, Holinshed, Sidney, Jonson, Donne, and Elizabeth I have recited these texts within new contexts. Visit Palgrave Macmillan and purchase your copy today!

Living by the Dead By Ellen Ashdown with illustrations by Mary Liz Moody.

A memoir about living beside a cemetery--and about the members of my family who came to rest at Roselawn Cemetery in Tallahassee, Florida. Please visit Kitsune Books for more information.

Graveyards of Chicago: The People, History, Art, and Lore of Cook County Cemeteries By Matt Hucke And Ursula Bielski.

Discover a Chicago That Exists Just Beneath the Surface - About Six Feet Under! Take a tour of Chicago's permanent residents! Please visit the Lake Claremont Press website to purchase your copy of Graveyards of Chicago today!

Epitaphs: The Magazine for Cemetery Lovers By Cemetery Lovers

For information regarding subscriptions, single issues, submission guidelines, deadlines, classifieds or advertising for future issues, please visit The Cemetery Club.

Guardians of the Soul: Angels and Innocents, Mourners and Saints with photography by John Bower and foreword by Claude Cookman

Indiana's remarkable cemetery sculpture is now available. Please visit Studio Indiana for more information.

West Springfield Massachusetts: Stories Carved in Stone by Rusty Clark

Features information on early New England gravestone carvers with more than two hundred photos and illustrations. Please visit the Dog Pond Press website.


Arrete! C'est ici L'Empire de la Mort -- "Stop! This is the Empire of Death."
Historic Burial Grounds of the New Hampshire Seacoast
Media Reviews
Thursday, 05 November 2009
Historic Burial Grounds of the New Hampshire Seacoast by Glenn A. Knoblock is the newest release by Arcadia Publishing. This new title in the Images of America series is a photographic study of Colonial Era-burial grounds along the New Hampshire seacoast. The author uncovers the fascinating history of the area from the 1680s to 1810. Through the author’s collection of photographs, one can see the entire range of images present in the area’s old burial grounds, including grinning skulls and crossbones, heavenly cherubs, and epitaphs that tell magnificent tales. This collection is a must for anyone interested in local history, genealogy, or colonial-era art.
Editorial: What an autopsy should be
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
An editorial By Dale McFeatters, Scripps Howard News Service

Strange as it may seem to a layperson, there is no legal definition of what constitutes an autopsy. An autopsy can range from a quick visual examination of the body to an exhaustive study and testing of organs and tissues. That ambiguity will change if Congress, as it should, enacts a bill by Sen. Frank Lautenberg and Rep. Frank Pallone, both New Jersey Democrats, that would mandate that "a comprehensive autopsy shall include a full external and internal examination of all major organs and tissues including the brain, complete radiographs, metabolic testing and toxicology screening of the infant and child involved."

Beloved husband & dad is mourned, but it's not his body in the casket
Interment Errors
Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Philadelphia - The mourners knew it wasn't Tex. Nearly everyone who passed the silver casket at Tindley Temple United Methodist Church yesterday morning whispered to each other. That's not Tex, they said. But the corpse was wearing his blue suit and black boots. The late Kenneth "Tex" Roberts, 80, who died Monday of a heart attack, was a jovial, mustached, retired tractor-trailer driver who loved to tell jokes, play cards and help people when they were down.

Widow selling husband's tomb above Marilyn Monroe
Famous Graves
Monday, 17 August 2009

LOS ANGELES - An American widow is selling her husband's burial spot directly above film legend Marilyn Monroe so that she can pay off her mortgage. Elsie Poncher has put an advertisement on eBay to auction off the tomb in Westwood Village Memorial Park, Los Angeles. "Here is a once in a lifetime and into eternity opportunity to spend your eternal days directly above Marilyn Monroe ," says the advertisement.

Ill. cemetery's jumbled bones will be hard to ID
Grave Mistakes
Friday, 17 July 2009
CHICAGO - Human remains strewn amid overgrown weeds have deteriorated into jumbled bones. Paper records in a rusted metal cabinet have dissolved into dust. Days after horrified relatives learned that former workers at a historic black cemetery near Chicago allegedly dug up hundreds of bodies in a scheme to resell grave plots, relatives are learning that DNA likely won't help them find their loved ones. The piles of bones and deteriorated records may make identifying many remains impossible.
Quoting Death in Early Modern England
Media Reviews
Friday, 10 July 2009
Quoting Death in Early Modern England The Poetics of Epitaphs Beyond the Tomb
by Scott L. Newstok
Palgrave Mcmillian Publishing

An innovative study of the emergent Renaissance practice of making epitaphic gestures within other English genres. Quoting Death argues that the post-Reformation preoccupation with textual remembrance led to a remarkable proliferation of epitaphic gestures beyond the putative gravestone. A poetics of quotation uncovers the fascinating ways in which writers have recited (or re-sited) these texts within new contexts. This study modifies conventional genre studies by detailing the situatedness of quoted text—a compositional habit that became markedly prevalent with the continued expansion of printing and literacy in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Cemetery with missing grave sites declared crime scene
Grave Mistakes
Friday, 10 July 2009

ALSIP, Illinois -- A Cook County cemetery where hundreds of graves were dug up and allegedly resold has been declared a crime scene, meaning that relatives of people believed buried there will not be allowed to visit for several days, an official said Friday. "It would be the height of irresponsibility for me to invite people in, to raise expectations and then crash them," Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart told reporters in a news conference held at Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Illinois. He pleaded for patience, saying he hoped to reopen the 150-acre cemetery to the public in five to seven days.

Found: Skeleton of the younger sister Cleopatra had murdered
Thursday, 16 April 2009

Archeologists and forensic experts believe they have identified the skeleton of Princess Arsinöe, the younger sister Cleopatra had murdered. The remains of Princess Arsinöe, who was murdered more than 2,000 years ago on the orders of the Egyptian queen, are the first relics of the Ptolemaic  Dynasty to be identified. The breakthrough, by an Austrian team, also suggests the Egyptian queen was part-African. Traditional thinking has always been that the monarch  was Greek Caucasian.

Egyptians hope to find Cleopatra's tomb
Famous Graves
Thursday, 16 April 2009
Last Titanic survivor selling mementos to pay bills
Thursday, 16 April 2009
LONDON, England (CNN) -- The last living survivor of the Titanic, 97-year-old Millvina Dean, is auctioning off her remaining mementos of the doomed ship to pay nursing home bills. The auction, which is expected to raise up to $50,000 for her, is set to take place Saturday near her home in England. It is the second auction in less than a year for Dean, who was a 9-week-old when the ship sank on its maiden voyage in 1912.
Prison for Detroit couple accused of grill cremation
Strange and Unusual
Thursday, 16 April 2009
DETROIT — A Detroit couple accused of trying to cremate their dead 2-year-old son on a barbecue grill, and then hiding the remains while collecting welfare benefits for the child, were both sentenced to prison today. Nickella Reid, 23, pleaded guilty last month in Wayne County Circuit Court to involuntary manslaughter and welfare fraud in connection with the death of her son, Deuntay Miller. She was sentenced today by Judge Michael Callahan to 10 to 15 years.
Recession leaves funeral business in grave state
Funeral Industry
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
By Evan Buxbaum

NEW YORK (CNN) -- The saying goes, "Nothing is certain but death and taxes." But the current troubling economic times has even the "death" industry feeling a bit lifeless, as families look to cut funeral costs. More than 21,000 funeral homes are in the U.S., employing some 105,000 people, according to the National Funeral Directors Association. The $11 billion-a-year industry is largely comprised of privately run firms, with 89 percent of all funeral homes being owned by families, individuals or small independent corporations.
Ellen Ashdown Library Reading a Delight
Media Reviews
Saturday, 11 April 2009
Octoner 2, 2008

By Lois Swoboda
Times Staff Writer, Apalachicola Times

On Monday, Sept. 22, about 30 people attended a luncheon at the St. George Island United Methodist Church to benefit the Franklin County Public Library. Featured speaker was Ellen Ashdown, of St. George Island, who read from her newly published book, “Living by the Dead.” The book is a memoir containing tableaus from throughout Ashdown’s life, most centered on the years she and her husband, Gary, lived in a house adjacent to Roselawn Cemetery in Tallahassee. It’s labeled a memoir and it definitely is,” Ashdown told her audience. “I don’t think I would have written it if I hadn’t lived next door to a cemetery and while these are reflections on a cemetery, they are not all that gloomy.”
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taphophilia (taf′ō-fil′ē-ă)

From the Greek words taphos, meaning "tomb" or "sepulcher" and philia, meaning "attraction or affinity to something, in particular the love or obsession with something"

DEFINITION: 1. An excessive interest in graves and cemeteries. 2. A love or fondness for funerals, graves, and cemeteries. 3. In psychiatry, a morbid attraction to graves and cemeteries

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According to the census bureau, about 2.4 million Americans died in 2000. About 6.5 million are expected to die in 2080.

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Carlisle, MA 1793


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