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Touching Death

Volunteers waiting in the back of ambulance for next call to an accident scene.

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Touching the dead, to many, is taboo. But every society needs people to handle our remains. In the Philippines, people unable to afford permanent burial plots must rent temporary ones. Meet a man who "evicts" bodies when their five-years is up. Travel to L.A., where an autopsy entrepreneur is tapping into the market of people willing to pay to find out how their loved ones died. And in Thailand, a volunteer prepares the body for its trip to the morgue and then performs the Buddhist rituals.