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Category: Death in New Mexico

Death in New Mexico

Keeping the Dead Company

Through the mid-twentieth century the tradition of staying with a dead loved one at night was practiced in New Mexico. Family members sat vigil with the

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Death in New Mexico

Dilemma Even in Death

Cremation or a coffin? It’s a quandary that many Baby Boomers now ponder. If you live in New Mexico there’s another option to the tradition

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Death in New Mexico

New Mexico’s Death Tourism

New Mexico has become part of the growing trend of “Death Tourism.” The graves of Smokey Bear in the Capitan Mountains and Billy the Kid

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Death in New Mexico

Ghost Bikes

The increase of bicyclists on the road has led to the deaths of several people killed by motorists. The term Ghost Bikes is a dedicated

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Death in New Mexico

A Lasting Memory

In the early 1930s the process of capturing images known as the daguerreotype was invented in Europe. That creation was followed by the advent of

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Death in New Mexico

Vestige of Another Culture

In New Mexico the tápalo, (mourning shroud) was the requisite garment for women to wear for one full year after the passing of a loved one.

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Death in New Mexico

Santa Fe’s Descansos

As I go about my day enjoying the beauty of Santa Fe I can’t help but notice the constant reminders of death. I see these

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