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.