Ask a Mortician: What's the Difference Between a Traditional and a…

Did you know that it's practically impossible to put a naked corpse in the ground? Most cemeteries won't allow it. Our favorite mortician, Caitlin Doughty, explains the difference between traditional burial — the one with the embalming and coffins — and natural burial, which is, you know, natural. Tune in for the… » 10/16/12 5:15pm 10/16/12 5:15pm

Bumbling TSA Agent Accidentally Spills Grandpa's Ashes All Over Airport…

At this point, it's beginning to seem like the TSA needs to create a new agency—the Dignity Protection Administration—whose sole job is just to stand next to TSA agents and make sure they don't do anything dumb. One thing that the DPA could do, for instance, is prevent TSA agents from opening jars containing people's… » 6/27/12 9:30am 6/27/12 9:30am

Our Favorite Mortician Reveals What Happens to Corpses in Space

This week, our pal Caitlin gets some help from Mary Roach, author of Stiff, as she talks about space burials. We also learn the best way to cremate someone who is obese, and whether or not it's cool to ask a funeral director for a lock of hair from a deceased loved one. Pour yourself a cup of tea and get… » 1/17/12 6:10pm 1/17/12 6:10pm