Oregon Cascade Highway, photo by Michelle Lindblom

Death and Ritual — Why We Need to Embrace Them

Michelle Lindblom

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Life Span

It was not that long ago that death was part of the everyday experience and came early. If one survived childhood over 200 years ago they were lucky to get to 30 or 40 years of age. Being retired was certainly not a concept.

From the late 18th century until the early 20th century, life expectancy for Americans was less than 40. But thanks to

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