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The Difference Between a Coffin and a Casket

How a Coffin and a Casket are Different

The terms “coffin” and “casket” are often used interchangeably. However, contrary to popular belief, a coffin and a casket are not the same thing. While both a casket and a coffin serve the same general purpose, the difference between the two is ...

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What Is The Average Cost of a Funeral?

Funerals are not one size fits all. They can be very simple affairs or full-service events with all the bells and whistles. The average costs of a full-service funeral in the USA is over $7,000, which does NOT include cemetery costs such as the plot, opening and closing of ...

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FCA and CFA National Funeral Price Survey Results

October 15, 2015


The Cost of Dying is Variable and Non-Transparent

Press Teleconference Reveals New Data on Costs, Price Disclosures and Laws Which Fail to Protect Bereaved Consumers. The Full Press Release can be found here and is excerpted below.

Washington, D.C. – "Today ...

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Consumer group survey: Funeral costs vary in Philly, but prices difficult to compare

By Elana Gordon for WHYY Newsworks

Determining the costs of funeral services can be really difficult in Philadelphia, according to a new survey from the Funeral Consumers Alliance and the Consumer Federation of America.

Federal law mandates that funeral homes give price lists to consumers who walk in the door ...

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World Funeral Customs: Hindu Funeral Traditions

Background on Hinduism

Hinduism is the dominant religion of the Indian sub-continent and the third largest religion in the world, with around a billion followers. It is also widely held as the oldest organized religion in the world. Hinduism is considered to be a fusion of ancient cultural traditions from ...

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Funeral for one: Why burial decisions still matter when you don't have kids

Looking ahead to end-of-life decisions is never easy. But having children, or close family members, sometimes tidies the to-do list. You choose a burial site where your kids can easily travel. There's an obvious loved one to handle all the decisions and paperwork.

So individuals who don't have children — ...

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World Funeral Customs: Quaker Funeral Traditions

About The Quaker Religion

Although Quakerism has evolved greatly since the outset, its founding principle still prevails throughout the religion. This primary belief is that the ‘inner light’ of Christ (and by extension, God) lives inside the soul of every human. And, thus, this ‘light’ should be cultivated individually without ...

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The Difference Between A Viewing and Visitation

A viewing or visitation gives family and friends a place and time to gather, grieve, and console one another. But what is the difference between them?

Defining a Viewing and Visitation


A "Viewing" is when the body is present in an open-casket.


At a "Visitation" the body ...

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VIDEO: Everything You Need to Know About The Good Death

The Good Death | Dying on Your Own Terms

Irina Jordan, founder of Artisurn talks about the "good death" and all that it entails on this TEDX Talk. From green burials, to home funerals to death doulas, to death with dignity laws, Irina neatly sums up all the good ways to ...

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$100,000 from AOL Founder Down to 8 Finalists Read

By Jared Shelly for PhillyMag

After more than 130 Philly companies applied, the quest for a $100,000 investment from one of the world’s best-known angel investors has narrowed to eight semi-finalists. Steve Case — AOL founder and champion of tech cities not named Silicon Valley, San Francisco and New ...

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