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The rituals around death and dying have changed dramatically in recent history. Today, most people die in a hospital or health care setting. Not long ago, people used to die at home and their own family members prepared the bodies for burial. Exactly how has death changed throughout the centuries? History Guy, Chris Wolf, at PRI’s The World presents A Very Short History of Death.
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