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Yarauvi, a necropolis in the Dead Sea

In Cemeteries, Cremation on June 19, 2011 at 3:50 pm

By Miró Rivera Architects



Approaching Yarauvi

Death and humans’ response to it have long held the power to bind cultures together and create places that transcend time and custom.

Our collective respect for the dead and where they are laid to rest reaches across cultures like few other human experiences. It is the commonality of this reverence that guides the creation of Yarauvi, a necropolis at the center of the Dead Sea.

The entrance to Yarauvi

Yarauvi is a place where any person regardless of nationality, race, religion, age or affluence can be laid to rest. By choosing this site as a final resting place, any citizen of the world can contribute to a growing monument to tolerance, reconciliation and unity.


Yarauvi on the Dead Sea


Coit Tower to light up in red in honor of fallen San Francisco firefighters

In Public, San Francisco on June 8, 2011 at 3:27 pm

In Memorium

…From the San Francisco Examiner:
San Francisco’s Coit Tower has always been a monument to the bravery of San Francisco firefighters. It was erected by Lillie Hitchcock Coit, a wealthy socialite who liked to chase fires herself, or so the story goes.
But for the next four nights (until June 10), the tower atop Telegraph Hill takes on a special meaning for the Fire Department. The City plans to light it up the color red in honor of firefighter-paramedic Anthony “Tony” Valerio and Lt. Vince Perez, who died from injuries sustained fighting a blaze Thursday morning in the Diamond Heights district of San Francisco.
“Coit Tower and its storied history with the San Francisco Fire Department is a fitting location to offer a tribute to honor both Lieutenant Vincent Perez and firefighter Anthony Valerio, two firefighters who dedicated their lives to protecting the people of San Francisco,” Mayor Ed Lee said in a statement.

Where Do You Want Your Ashes to Go?

In Cremation on June 5, 2011 at 10:40 am

If you’ll be cremated, where do you want you ashes to go?

Cremation Urns, Den Bosch Cemetery, The Netherlands

Scattered in the ocean?

Coastside scattering

Scattered on land?

Scattering at a place that means something to you

Scattered in the air?

By plane

 Under the sea?

Jason Rew of Great Burial Reef with urn

The Burial Reef come to life…

The Living Reef

How ever and and where ever, think about it and let your wishes be clearly known…600,000 people are cremated in the US each year (25%)- and 60,000 sets of remains are never claimed– mostly because people don’t know what to do, and then “forget” about dealing with remains, procrastinate forever, and many more human reasons.

Memorial Day

In Uncategorized on June 5, 2011 at 10:14 am

On Memorial Day I visited my Great Aunt’s and Uncle’s gravesite in the San Francisco National Cemetery in The Presidio. A beautifully mild day.

San Francisco National Cemetery

It was moving to see so many people attending the cemetery at the same time. And I’d never been to a cemetery in the US so decorated.

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