Life Everlasting

The Animal Way of Death

Heinrich, Bernd

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Life Everlasting
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"When a good friend with a severe illness wrote, asking if he might have his "green burial" at Bernd Heinrich's hunting camp in Maine, it inspired the acclaimed biologist/author to investigate a subject that had long fascinated him. How exactly does the animal world deal with the flip side of the life cycle? And what are the lessons, ecological to spiritual, raised by a close look at how the animal world renews itself? Heinrich focuses his wholly original gaze on the fascinating doings of creatures most of us would otherwise turn away from--field mouse burials conducted by carrion beetles; the communication strategies ravens, "the premier northern undertakers," use to do their work; and the "inadvertent teamwork" among wolves and large cats, foxes and weasels, bald eagles and nuthatches in cold-weather dispersal of killed prey. Heinrich reveals, too, how and where humans still play our ancient and important role as scavengers, thereby turning--not dust to dust--but life to life."-- "Bernd Heinrich receives a letter from a severely ill friend asking if he might have a "green burial" at Heinrich's hunting camp, and the acclaimed biologist/author sets out to explore exactly how the animal world deals with the death-to-life cycle and what we can learn from the process, both ecologically and spiritually"--

Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ©2012.
ISBN: 9780547752662
0547752660
Characteristics: xiv, 236 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm

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Sep 03, 2014
  • Ham625 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Almost a religion. Profound.

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