After stopping by the funeral home to offer condolences to a friend’s mother who had lost her boyfriend:

Lauren: Mom, when did he die?

Me: Hmm… Thursday evening.

Lauren: How many days ago is that?

Me: Well, it’s Sunday. So three days ago now.

Lauren: Oh, well, then he’s probably already back in a new baby by now.

Me: You think?

Lauren: Oh, sure. I wonder if he’s still a boy.

Speaking of death, reincarnation, brains and souls, here’s a TED talk about death that I found strangely comforting.