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World Funeral Customs: Eastern Asia

This section provides an overview of funeral rituals and customs in East Asia. Click on one of the following countries to skip to that section and learn about the specific and unique funeral practices of ChinaSouth KoreaVietnam and Philippines.

Basic Spiritual Beliefs

A common belief in ...

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Cemetery Glossary: Common Cemetery Jargon That You Should Know

Funeral360's Cemetery Glossary is guide to the cemetery jargon you should know when planning for your end-of-life care.

Burial

Synonymous with Interment, the placing of human remains in an underground enclosure.

Cemetery

Grounds dedicated to the burial and memorialization of human remains.

Columbarium

Sometimes referred to as “Urn Mausoleums”. A building ...

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How to Appoint a Designated Funeral Agent

Appointing a designated funeral agent is a legal way for you to specify a person to be in charge of arranging your funeral. This could entail trusting them to follow through with your personal funeral preferences or allowing them to be in charge of all funeral decisions and the arrangement of your ...

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Philadelphia 'death cafes' argue it's time to bring death out of the closet

By Brandon Baker for Philly Voice

Social franchise aims to topple death taboos

Rachel Zeldin was unprepared for what came next.

When her great-uncle died in 2011 without an immediate family to address his funeral needs, Zeldin was stunned that she and her family had been left to both foot ...

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State By State Guide to Advance Directives

Advance Directives, aka Advance Healthcare Directives, are documented preferences that allow you to communicate the extent and type of medical treatment you would want if you become incapacitated and unable to communicate for yourself. Forms for this purpose vary by state and may be generalized or quite specific in terms of ...

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10 Books to Help Children Understand and Cope with Death

Death is an inevitable and natural part of life. However, when tragedy strikes a family, it is often times difficult for children to conceptualize what death is, how we grieve, and what it means to die. We at Funerals360 have compiled a list that details 10 great books about death ...

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Five Things an Executor Should Do Right Away

When you are named as executor after someone has died, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Ideally, the deceased told you in advance that they were planning to name you as executor and you had a chance to discuss their wishes and gather information. But that is ...

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Social Media After Death

According to a 2007 study conducted by Microsoft, the average web user has 25 online accounts ranging from social network accounts to banking and financial accounts. In America alone, nearly 72% of American adults have an online presence or use social media sites.

These accounts are a part of the ...

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Social Media After Death: How to Close A Facebook Account

With our digital assets growing with each new online account opened, many social media websites have created policies on how to close an account of the deceased.  Below you will find Facebooks’s policy on how closing or memorializing a Facebook account of a deceased loved one:

Memorializing a Facebook account:

Memorialized Facebook ...

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What the Supreme Court Decision Legalizing Same Sex Marriage Means for Funeral Planning

The recent Supreme Court decision on the Obergefell v. Hodges case has legalized same sex marriage but what does the decision mean for end-of-life and funeral planning? Traditionally, legal authority over funeral planning goes first to an individual's living spouse, then next of kin (children), then parents, or if appointed ahead ...

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