The Why Factor - Burial
Why do we bury the dead, a practice that has been carried out for centuries by different cultures and religions around the world.
Burial is a practice that’s been carried out for centuries by different cultures and religions around the world – but why do we do it? Mike Williams goes to a Jewish cemetery where Mitzi Kalinsky from the Jewish Joint Burial Society explains the reasons behind their burial practices. He talks to Caitlin Doughty, an American mortician who is trying to revolutionise burial practices in the US and considers what he would like to happen to his body, after he dies. (Image: Gravestones in a cemetery. BBC copyright)
- Broadcast on BBC World Service, 9:32AM Mon, 7 Oct 2013
- Available until 12:00AM Thu, 1 Jan 2099
- First broadcast BBC World Service, 7:32PM Fri, 4 Oct 2013
- Duration 18 minutes