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‘The cremated Catholic: the ends of a deceased Guatemalan’, Body & Society, 7:2-3, 111-120.

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‘Are cremation and alkaline hydrolysis morally distinct?. National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, 16:2, 233-242.

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