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Know Your Options: Burials

Know Your Options: Burials
A burial is defined as an act or ceremony of burying a dead person or object in a grave, often synonymous with "interment," the placing of human remains in an underground enclosure. In the funeral industry, a burial is a means of final disposition that ends with burial in the ...
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Vatican issues guidelines on cremation, says no to scattering ashes

Vatican issues guidelines on cremation, says no to scattering ashes
Rome (CNN) The Vatican announced Tuesday that Catholics may be cremated but should not have their ashes scattered at sea or kept in urns at home. According to new guidelines from the Vatican's doctrinal office, cremated remains should be kept in a "sacred place" such as a church cemetery. Ashes should ...
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The Women Who Love Death

The Women Who Love Death
By JEN ORTIZ Oct 31, 2016 for Marie Claire Young women are more paranoid about their own demise than ever before. Enter "death positivity," a new female-driven trend aimed at turning that fear on its head. About a dozen people are gathered at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn, New York for ...
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FCA Philadelphia Newsletter: Summer 2016

FCA Philadelphia Newsletter: Summer 2016
Beating the high cost of funerals: With hard work from our board and volunteers, we now have over 140 General Price Lists from funeral homes all over the greater Philadelphia area. Direct cremation ranges from $700 to $4,465 (for the same thing!), and immediate burial from $900 to over $7,000! ...
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Cremation Not Included: FCA Study Reveals All

Cremation Not Included: FCA Study Reveals All
When a loved one passes away, those tasked with arranging funerals and settling estates have to make a multitude of decisions during a stressful time and on a deadline. Cremation? Burial? Embalming? Organ Donation? The possibilities are endless and the choices made often have a lasting effect and although we ...
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Everything You Need to Know About Death Certificates

Everything You Need to Know About Death Certificates
Photo: Alan Crawford, Getty Images When a loved one dies, you'll need to order death certificates to submit to certain agencies to shut down accounts or collect benefits. But how many death certificates should you order? Below you'll learn about the purpose of death certificates, typical uses, how to order ...
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Funeral Customs & Traditions: The Surprising History Behind Gravestones

Funeral Customs & Traditions: The Surprising History Behind Gravestones
"Shhh," I'd whisper to my little brother, index finger pressed tightly to my lips, "Don't make any noise or you'll wake the dead." We'd stare out the window, holding our breath, as our car passed yet another cemetery. Watching in anticipation as the granite gravestones rushed past in a grey ...
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Estate Planning: When We Leave Pets Behind

Estate Planning: When We Leave Pets Behind
Since 1947, when the term 'nuclear family,' was first popularized, house-pets have been considered a crucial part of the basic social unit in America. There are over 70 million cats and over 70 million dogs occupying over 30% of American households. That is more than enough furry friends to stretch ...
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The cost of dying is steep for the unprepared

The cost of dying is steep for the unprepared
By Marion Callahan for PhillyBurbs The last thing grief-stricken people may think about when a loved one dies is the cost of the final arrangements.  With little time to plan during a vulnerable time, they could end up with a hefty bill, paying far more on services than they planned -- ...
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10 Do's & Don'ts of Condolence Etiquette

10 Do's & Don'ts of Condolence Etiquette
Mourning online can be a difficult line to walk; between the giving and receiving of condolences, there is no universally acceptable or unacceptable way to pay your respects. There are many unspoken rules of social media etiquette and when combined with a topic like death, it becomes nearly impossible to ...
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