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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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Green Funerals - With Death Comes Life

We are all individuals and we are entitled to our own varying beliefs in this life. There are so many things we can believe in, and so many factors affecting our perception of life and death. With so many beliefs, however, there is one constant we could all agree upon ...

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Casket Terminology You Should Know

When you’re planning for a funeral, a lot of important decisions are made and often on short-notice with very little information provided.  One of the most significant costs of the funeral is the casket you choose. There is a lot to consider when it comes to choosing a casket.

There are ...

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A Guide to Pre-Planning a Funeral

Thinking ahead in life is a human constant - even when the future and the end is not the main focus of your mind it still hovers there within your circus of thoughts. Like the end, funerals and deaths are not something most people like to think about, but once it ...

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Behind the Scene of the Entrepreneur Invasion

By Micheal Bradley for Main Line Today, May 2014

Rachel Zeldin has worked for a global financial-services company and isn’t a naturally shy person. Even so, she confesses to being a little intimidated at one particular business meeting last February. She didn’t doubt the quality of her product, I’m Sorry to Hear, a website ...

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Do Your Ashes Long to Travel?

The easiest way to travel with cremated remains is to pack them in your checked luggage. However, if you prefer to carry them on, you have to be sure that the container will pass successfully through airport security. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers are not permitted to open urns to ...

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Planning Your Own Funeral: Making Your Funeral a Unique Send Off

Funerals are no longer just about mourning a loss; today they are becoming more of a celebration of life.  Practically unheard of just a few years back, it is now increasingly common to plan your funeral yourself and even pay for it before you die.

The folks at Laurel Funerals ...

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