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Cellist Vedran Smailović returned home to Sarajevo at the height of the Bosnian war to find his city in ruins. Sarajevo was being attacked every night. But rather than head for the bomb shelters, he went to the town square, climbed onto a pile of rubble that had once been the fountain, took out his cello, and played Christmas carols through the bombs. When questioned as to why he had chosen to do such a thing, Smailović replied that it was to show that the spirit of humanity was still alive.

1890’s Riedeman, Meyers & Co. Funeral Diredtors and Embalmers taken by Vincent on 308 ½ South Spring St., Los Angeles, California.

Great care is taken to close the eyes. The traditional method for doing this involves placing a bit of cotton between the eye and eyelid. Many times after death the eyes sink back into their sockets, so small plastic “eye caps” are placed on each eye ball. A small amount of stay creme is placed on the eyecap to avoid dehydration of the eyelids. Contrary to popular myth, the eyelids are never sewn shut, but in some cases that may be glued together to prevent separation.

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Vintage Embalming Rod Morticians Tool by Undertaker's Supply Chicago Illinois - Trocar

Vintage Embalming Rod Morticians Tool by Undertaker's Supply Chicago Illinois. $95.00, via Etsy.