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FEMA Can Help With Covid-19 Funeral Costs. Here’s What to Know.

FEMA Can Help With Covid-19 Funeral Costs. Here’s What to Know.

Business
Funerals can be expensive. The median cost of an adult funeral — including a coffin, a viewing of the body, a ceremony and burial, was $7,640 in 2019, according to the National Funeral Directors Association. (Updated data is expected this summer.)Cremations have been increasingly popular in recent years and are typically less expensive. The median cost of a “direct” cremation, with a container provided by the family, was $2,395 in 2019. (In a direct cremation, the body is cremated shortly after death without services like embalming or visiting hours.)Here are some questions and answers about funerals and FEMA’s aid program:How do I apply for funeral help from FEMA?Applicants should call the agency’s help line at 844-684-6333. According to FEMA’s website, no online applications will be acce...
What Should I Wear to a Funeral?

What Should I Wear to a Funeral?

LifeStyle
I anticipate, sadly, attending funerals — older family members, very close relatives and friends — in the coming warm-weather months and, most probably, into the fall and winter, Covid-related and not. Can you advise what to wear? I need to be prepared. — Edith, New York. N.Y.This is indeed a sad situation but one I think more and more of us may experience as vaccine progress allows us to gather again, not just for celebrations but for the group mourning and memorializing that was denied us last year.It may seem bizarre to worry at all about what to wear given the tragedy that so many have experienced, but dressing correctly is a mark of respect for the person whose absence is being marked, and a way of honoring their life.And funeral attire is also no longer as clear, rule-wise, as it onc...
How Lies on Social Media Are Inflaming the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

How Lies on Social Media Are Inflaming the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Technology
In a 28-second video, which was posted to Twitter this week by a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip appeared to launch rocket attacks at Israelis from densely populated civilian areas.At least that is what Mr. Netanyahu’s spokesman, Ofir Gendelman, said the video portrayed. But his tweet with the footage, which was shared hundreds of times as the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis escalated, was not from Gaza. It was not even from this week.Instead, the video that he shared, which can be found on many YouTube channels and other video-hosting sites, was from 2018. And according to captions on older versions of the video, it showed militants firing rockets not from Gaza but from Syria or Libya.The video was just one piec...
Lies on Social Media Inflame Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Lies on Social Media Inflame Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Technology
In a 28-second video, which was posted to Twitter this week by a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip appeared to launch rocket attacks at Israelis from densely populated civilian areas.At least that is what Mr. Netanyahu’s spokesman, Ofir Gendelman, said the video portrayed. But his tweet with the footage, which was shared hundreds of times as the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis escalated, was not from Gaza. It was not even from this week.Instead, the video that he shared, which can be found on many YouTube channels and other video-hosting sites, was from 2018. And according to captions on older versions of the video, it showed militants firing rockets not from Gaza but from Syria or Libya.The video was just one piec...
The Earliest Human Burial in Africa

The Earliest Human Burial in Africa

Technology
Researchers have identified the earliest known human burial in Africa at Panga ya Saidi, a cave near the Kenyan coast. A child, probably a boy of about 2-1/2 to 3 years old, was placed in a pit about 78,000 years ago, laid carefully on his side, curled up, likely with some kind of pillow under his head.Modern humans and Neanderthals buried their dead in Europe and the Middle East at multiple sites that have been dated as 120,000 years old. But little evidence of burial behaviors has been uncovered in Africa, the acknowledged origin of modern humans. One possible burial in South Africa dates to about 74,000 years ago and another in Egypt to 68,000 years ago.The burial of this person the researchers named Mtoto, meaning “child” in Swahili, clearly shows intentional care that characterizes wh...
Human Composting Could Soon Be Legal in Colorado

Human Composting Could Soon Be Legal in Colorado

Technology, World
DENVER — Food scraps and biodegradable utensils are common fodder for compost, but in Colorado, human remains could soon be transformed into soil too.The Colorado state Legislature passed a bill on Tuesday that would allow composting of human remains in lieu of traditional processes like burial and cremation.State Representative Brianna Titone, a Democrat who sponsored the bill, said she had gone to funerals and, seeing burial or cremation as the two options, thought, “I don’t know if I want either one of these things.”When she learned about human composting, she said, “It really excited me.”If Gov. Jared Polis signs the bill into law, which legislators said was likely, Colorado would become the second state to legalize human composting. Washington State did so in 2019, and legislators in ...