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Ask a Mortician: Alkaline Hydrolysis

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 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

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

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 posted on her website Thursday. ...
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'Every dollar you prepay to a funeral home has to be guaranteed' Ryder funeral home scandal prompts forum

'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

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"

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

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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Crowdfunding for Funeral and Memorials

Crowdfunding for Funeral and Memorials
What is Crowdfunding? Crowdfunding is a means of fundraising for a particular, product, project, or event. Many of us are familiar with the crowdfunding site, Kickstarter, which is great for creative and entrepreneurial endeavors, but they don’t do anything for funeral, memorials, or charity events. However, there are a variety of ...
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General Price List (GPL) Definitions

General Price List (GPL) Definitions
Funeral Home General Price List Glossary (A-Z) A General Price List (GPL) is a list of all the products and services that a funeral home offers for sale. It is comprised of an itemized lists of those products and services and may include "packages" of services and a Casket, Urn, ...
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