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Perhaps passing through the gates of death is like passing quietly through the gate in a pasture fence. On the other side, you keep walking, without the need to look back. No shock, no drama, just the lifting of a plank or two in a simple wooden gate in a clearing. Neither pains, nor floods of great light, nor great voices, but just the silent crossing of a meadow.

-Mark Helprin

 

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Friday, May 09, 2008
No embalming necessary: 'Green cemetery' rises
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On his 66th birthday last May, Harry E. Echols learned he had esophageal cancer.

The prognosis was grim enough that Echols decided against treatment that might only slow the inevitable. With the help of his sister, Janet Ferguson, the Atlanta man began putting his affairs in order and arranging his funeral.

Echols never liked the idea of an embalmed body lying in a casket, a semblance of a former self, displayed for grieving family and friends. Cremation didn't appeal to him, either.

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