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SOUNDING on Death, August 31, 2010

Some death-related links I’ve noticed in the past few weeks.

The Death Reference Desk continues to cover the controversy over the monks at St. Joseph’s Abbey in Louisana’s coffins.  Yes, their coffins.  Turns out that like most traditional monasteries, these monks have a trade, and that’s building traditional Benedictine caskets.  But the locals object.

One of the lesser-known classic blunders is trying to prevent jovial Benedictine monks, living peacefully in their Louisiana monastery, from selling hand made wooden caskets to the general public. Not unlike starting a land war in Asia or a battle of wits with a Sicilian. Stated simply, the odds aren’t that good.

Joviality aside, the objections are commercial – the monastery is not a “Funeral Establishment” which are the only establishments permitted to sell “Funeral Merchandise.”

Roadside crosses planted in memory of deceased Utah State Troopers by the state have been ruled a violation of the Establishment Cause.  This is an important ruling that, in the wake of the Mojave Cross Supreme Court Decision last year, seems destined to be overturned.

Finally, if you’re an old-school music lover, go ahead and have your cremated remains pressed into a record of your choosing. via BoingBoing

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