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Obituaries and Death Notices Explained

Within the puzzling series of events and course of action that follow a loved one’s death, there is often a formal announcement of the death - the placing of an obituary or death notice in a newspaper and/or online. The announcement of death is never something someone wants to hear ...

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'I’m Sorry to Hear' Welcomed into Project Liberty Digital Incubator

Founded by Drexel grad Rachel Zeldin, the former Baiada Institute company is touted as the "TripAdvisor of funeral planning."

Rachel Zeldin, founder of online funeral planning resource I’m Sorry to Hear, LLC, has found a new home at 801 Market Street in Project Liberty’s Digital Incubator. 

The incubator ...

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What Is a General Price List and What You May Find In It

Before The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s Funeral Rule went into effect in the year 1984, prices within the funeral industry were extremely foggy to consumers. Funeral homes often showed consumers packages that forced the consumers to purchase everything that was offered, even if some of those items or services ...

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What You Need to Know About Advance Directives

Planning for the end of life entails contemplation of possible terminal scenarios. No one likes to imagine one’s final passage, but by giving it some thought ahead of time you will be doing yourself and your life companions a foresighted favor. You can complete this favor with an advance directive ...

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Project Liberty Welcomes 5th Class!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (Ben Franklin) announced the fifth startup company class of the Project Liberty Digital Incubator.  The program is hosted by Interstate General Media (IGM), operated by Ben Franklin, and funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Project Liberty ...

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Shark Tank of the Mainline Interview with Rachel Zeldin

On June 19, 2014 Rachel Zeldin of I'm Sorry to Hear and Funerals360 chatted with Rick Anthony of TEN Radio (The Entrepreneurs Network Radio) about the innovative funeral planning website. 

You can download or listen to the podcast here online:

TEN Radio

Business impresario Rick Anthony hosts The Entrepreneurs ...

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D2D Podcast with Rachel Zeldin, Death Planning Entrepreneur

 

On June 1, Brant Huddleston, host of the Dance to Death Afterlife Podcast (D2D Podcast) chatted with Rachel Zeldin of I'm Sorry to Hear about the innovative funeral planning website, as well as the concept of death cafes, and planning for the inevitable. The podcast brought to mind the ...

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What Are Cash Advance Items in Funerals?

A cash advance in funeral planning is money you pay in advance to the funeral home to cover charges of certain items or services obtained from third party vendors. The funeral home may make these purchases on your behalf, and then pay the vendors with the money you have given ...

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Why Cremation is Rising A Trend

Aside from the green burials with mushroom suits and biodegradable coffins, a more significant trend in the death care industry is an old favorite: cremation. Cremation goes back at least 20,000 years ago to Australia where archaeologists found the Mungo Lady, a partly cremated body of a woman at Lake ...

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What Do Funeral Directors Do?

What are funeral directors?

Funeral directors have existed throughout history. Also referred to as morticians and undertakers, in history these men and women were actually viewed as unclean in their dealings in the business of the dead, and were even ostracized.

Since ancient time, the act of burying the dead is ...

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