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Cremation by Water

In a 12-minute video, TIME on YouTube explained to the audience about an increasingly popular cremation alternative. It is still cremation in the end, except instead of using fire to cremate the body, it is water. Cremation rates are rising within the U.S., and researchers expect the number to ...

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Getting Buried at Arlington Cemetery May Take Forever

Don R. Sykes was killed in Vietnam on Aug. 12, 1969. Ten days later he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. His widow, Lorraine Tharp, isn’t eligible to be buried with Sykes because she remarried, but her current husband is a Vietnam veteran, and she thought they would both be ...

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Ask a Mortician: Alkaline Hydrolysis

Alkaline hydrolysis, otherwise known as flameless cremation, or liquid cremation, or water-based cremation, or even green cremation, is the process of liquefying the body after death. The 10-12 hour process combines pressure, heat, and lye to help dissolve the body. Some benefits of alkaline hydrolysis is the lowered impact it ...

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Death with Dignity Gains More Attention, Meaning More Control for End-Of-Life Decisions

Death with Dignity, a movement to give the dying more control of their end-of-life care and decisions, has been gaining more media attention as of late. The Death with Dignity National Center advocates for mentally competent adults given six months or fewer to live the option to request medication from ...

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New Jersey Assembly approves death with dignity bill

By JESSICA FIRGER CBS NEWS November 13, 2014, 7:03 PM

Lawmakers in New Jersey passed a bill Thursday that would allow physicians to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients. The Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act passed the state Assembly 41 to 31, although it's not clear if the ...

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Brittany Maynard, 29-Year-Old With Terminal Cancer, Explains Why She’s Delaying Ending Her Life

10/30/2014 11:36 am ET

Amanda L. Chan Managing Editor, Healthy Living

Brittany Maynard, who moved with her family to Oregon to access the state’s Death With Dignity law after being given a terminal cancer diagnosis, has decided to delay ending her life, she announced in a video ...

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'Every dollar you prepay to a funeral home has to be guaranteed' Ryder funeral home scandal prompts forum

Published in print: Thursday, October 16, 2014

By Chad Cain for the Daily Hampshire Gazette 

NORTHAMPTON — A visit to a funeral home early Wednesday to pay respects to a friend got Claudia E. Hodges thinking hard about what kind of funeral she wants after she dies — and how she ...

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Baby Boomers Planning Ahead, and Green Burials are On the Rise

Jay Castaño knows exactly what his funeral will be like.

A few days after he dies, friends and family will gather in Southeast Washington, say a few kind words and put his unembalmed body straight into the Earth.

“I want to be wrapped in a shroud like a little burrito ...

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Caleb Wilde talks "Embracing Death"

Funeral director Caleb Wilde spoke at a local TEDx event regarding the idea of death acceptance within our culture. Through a journey of small steps, our culture had shifted from a healthy acceptance of death to denial of it. The sixth generation funeral director explored options to help us return ...

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A Comparison of Crowdfunding Platforms for Funerals and Memorials

Whether a death is sudden or expected, it is always sad and often stressful pulling together details and finances in a short amount of time. Given that most people do not save for their funeral, those remaining are not only left with grief, but also a lot of expenses. You ...

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