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The remains of the day

 

“It is possible to cremate someone in the United States today, ‘without ever speaking to, much less seeing a human being’.

You can arrange it online, pay by credit card, order the body to be picked up, and have the ashes FedExed.”

Source: Review in the Times Literary Supplement by Thomas Meaney of The Work of the Dead: A cultural history of mortal remains by Thomas Laquer.