Family holds an ‘Animal Crossing’ Funeral service for a young gamer taken by COVID-19

What better way to honor an avid gamer than in a game? Family honors loved one with an Animal Crossing funeral. A New York family was struck with tragedy when a young man of 23 passed away from COVID-19. An…

Colombian innovation born out of the darkness around hospital bed and coffin shortages

Inspired to help prevent any more tragedies around coffin and hospital bed shortages,  Rodolfo Gómez got creative and invented a multipurpose cardboard hospital bed that, if needed, could be turned into a coffin. The world was shocked when the news…

Canada planning to open its first human taphonomy facility

Canada improves law enforcement efforts by investing in a human taphonomy facility This spring Canada is planning on opening its first ever Secure Site for Research in Thanatology (SSRT) in Becancour, Quebec. Also commonly referred to as a “body farm”…

Face mask innovation for the deaf & hard of hearing

The world is donning masks at every level of society, from grocery store clerks to medical professionals, protecting not just themselves, but the community from the spread of coronavirus. However, there is one group who is seriously handicapped by the…

Digital Spaces to commemorate loved ones

As life becomes increasingly digital so does the interest in creating a digital, potentially multifaceted, memorial of those who have passed. Obituaries have traditionally been placed in a local paper so the community can learn of a passing or potentially…

Louisiana makes steps to have statewide electronic advance planning

Care professionals continue to remind families and patrons about the importance of making end of life wishes known. However, it still remains a difficult conversation to have. One step towards making these wants known and recorded is creating an electronic…

Will the new app Ikaria help the bereaved? 

Still in Beta, Ikaria is a new app that is hoping to improve society’s mental health by connecting people through technology in a meaningful way. Utilizing not only current relationships, but allowing for connection with people going through similar issues,…

AI and facial recognition tech mean less Jane Does for death care professionals 

Artificial Intelligence (AI), together with the biometric technology of facial recognition, is creating more data about people than ever before. This database is a rich source of information that can allow for not only recognition of the living, but also…

Colorado is planning on becoming the second state to legalize recomposition

Following Washington State which legalized natural organic reduction or the contained accelerated conversion of human remains to soil this past May, Colorado represenatives want to bring what is commonly called recomposition to the state.  A representative with a mission Representative…

Cryogenically freezing… an option for the future?

Cryonics is freezing and storing a body after death with the hope that technology of the future will be able to resurrect those who have passed. While the technology has yet to be invented and no one has been brought…