Rosa Bonheur Memorial Park is a cemetery dedicated to the burial of pets. It is located in Elkridge, Maryland and was built in 1935 and remained in operation until 2002. Over this time more than 8,000 Rosa Bonheur animals have been placed there. However, the cemetery is so large that there is enough room for more than 24,000 pet graves.
Animal graves have become commonplace, but not all pet cemeteries cater to all types and sizes of animals. There are some pet cemeteries that do not allow for horses to be buried on their grounds. However, there are many cultures that practice horse burial as a part of the ritual involving human burial. Horse graves do have a place in many cultures.
The Ancient Chinese preserved bodies as well, if not better, than did the Egyptians, so say the archaeologists who found the tomb of Lady Dai Xin Zhui (wife of the ruler of the Han fiefdom of Dai) in 1971 while excavating Han Dynasty tombs. Well preserved artifacts helped them to determine that she died between 178 and 145 BC at the age of 50. Though she was buried before more than two millennia, her skin, body and organs were well intact
A shroud is a covering that drapes in a corpse for security purposes, spiritual reverence or utilitarian needs in preparation for funeral, cremation and mummification. Some believe that the shroud was the first burial product used on human remains and that it was made of animal skin. In some Native American cultures when someone passed away he or she was swathed in hides and then placed on a funeral platform with his or her most prized possessions. Together they returned to the Creator…
Many ancient cultures, such as the Greeks, Egyptians and Chinese used honey as a main commodity for death rituals. These honey death rituals were intended to ensure nourishment for the deceased during his or her after life.
During 18th and 19th century, Sin Eaters were hired in select Scottish and Welsh communities to take away the sins committed by deceased people. When a man or woman died, the family members kept a piece of bread on his or her breast and then brought in their village Sin Eater to eat the bread. It was believed that by doing so the deceased would be absolved of his or her sins whether or not the sins were forgiven or confessed. This was especially important when the death was unexpected.