This mortal month: November 2015


5 things that we learned about death and dying this week on social media

Taking a look at changing attitudes to death and funeral traditions


People want trees instead of gravestones

An eco-friendly idea by brothers Gerard and Roger Moliné in Barcelona, Spain, for a cremation urn containing a seed that will grow into a tree is now gathering interest worldwide. Could this change graveyards into forests of remembrance?



An ancient Roman skeleton could be the first known transgender person

DNA carried out by the Museum of London on a Roman skeleton believed to date from 50 to 70AD and first unearthed in London in 1979 shows that the skeleton has a female appearance but carries male chromosomes and could be the first known transgender person.



Monthly vigils held at graveyard for 12th century sex workers

The Friends of Crossbones group has saved Crossbones Graveyard in Southwark, London, from development, and holds monthly vigils to remember the 12th century prostitutes who were denied a Christian burial.



100 handwritten love letters given to strangers by grieving widow

A man in Charlotte, North Carolina, whose wife died of ovarian cancer wrote one hundred love notes to her and handed them out to strangers on the anniversary of her death. “One of the things my wife was most concerned about was being forgotten,” said Hyong Yi.



Barts Pathology Museum in London has a famous skull who tweets!

The most famous specimen at Barts Pathology Museum is the skull of John Bellingham, the only person to have ever assassinated an English Prime Minister – Spencer Perceval – in May 1812. He even has his own Twitter account! @BellinghamSkull