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Author Mark Harris to Discuss Funeral Industry and Natural Burial

Bethlehem, Pa., September 6, 2007— Author Mark Harris will discuss issues related to death and dying contained in his new book, Grave Matters: A Journey through the Modern Funeral Industry to a Natural Way of Burial, at Moravian College on Tuesday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. in Dana Lecture Hall.  His presentation will explain the new green burial movement. He follows families that conduct burials in “natural” cemeteries, others that hold home funerals, hire carpenters to build pine coffins, and scatter ashes at sea, among other green strategies.

Harris is a former environmental columnist with the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, and his articles and essays have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, Reader’s Digest, Vegetarian Times and Hope. His new book, Grave Matters (Scribner, 2007), has been featured on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, CNN, USA Today, the Baltimore Sun and other media. Publisher’s Weekly reviewed his book as “practical, powerful and affirming.” E: The Environmental Magazine reported that “Grave Matters is a beautifully written narrative journey that documents how an intrepid few are opening some closed doors, getting rid of the toxic embalming fluids and polished caskets, and allowing people to leave their bodies with dignity.”

All students, particularly those studying issues of death and dying in fall courses, and the general public are invited to attend this free lecture to gain insights on this important and well researched topic. Dana Lecture Hall is located in the Collier Hall of Science on Moravian’s Main Street Campus near the corner of Main and Locust Streets in Bethlehem.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.