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US ‘Death Cafes’ Put Focus on Finale

It’s hard to imagine that death was once an intimate part of American life. That was the case during the Civil War, this nation’s bloodiest, which killed more than 600,000 people. Grainy, black-and-white photos of 1860s battlefields littered with corpses give a glimpse of the scale of death. Proportionately, it would be like losing 7 million, or 2.5 percent, of the country’s current 319 million residents. "Almost everyone lost a loved one or knew someone who lost a loved...

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