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VIDEO: Don't Mean to Dwell on This Dying Thing

A TEDX by Rebecca Brown on The Discomfort With Death:

Rebecca Brown challenges our American discomfort with death by sharing experiences from her work with hospitalized adolescents and young adults who are suffering or dying. She suggests that our "pornographic" relationship with death creates fear, anxiety, and loneliness for those ...

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VIDEO: 'Ask a Mortician' on Advance Directives and Why You Should Have One

We’re quick to have conversations about how we want to live our lives but steer away from the ones concerning how we’d like to prepare for them to end. We all deserve the chance to communicate our preferences in who handles our care and how we want to be treated ...

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Inside A Home Funeral

Melissa Roberts Weidman, a hospice writer and administrator, recounts her experience with a home funeral. After the death of her best friends’ 22-year-old son, Weidman was asked to help arrange his home funeral. In the article, she describes the intimate details of preparing his body, as well as the emotions ...

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Fear, Death, and Pumpkins

Last week, I'm Sorry to Hear was featured as the go-to source for at-need funeral planning on NPR's "The Pulse." In the hour-long segment, reporters touched on the growing appeal of Death Salons, Death Cafes, and featured "death-tech" companies in the Innovation segment. The whole broadcast is fascinating. Our ...

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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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