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A Funeral May Cost You Thousands Less Just By Crossing The Street

Ellen Bethea at her home in Jacksonville, Fla. After her husband died, she paid $7,000 for her husband's cremation and funeral. She was unaware that the same company offered the same cremation services for much less.

Photo: Laura Heald for NPR

Story By Riley Beggin of NPR

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Carrie Fisher's urn is shaped like a giant Prozac pill, which she would've loved

 

IMAGE: CLINT BREWER / SPLASH NEWS

By JOSH DICKEY for Mashable

January 6, 2017

Carrie Fisher's legacy as a mental health advocate and her fiercely ironic sense of humor were encapsulated in one final gesture: Her Prozac pill-shaped urn.

Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, who died a day apart last ...

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From Ashes to Diamonds

By Mandy Kennedy for 22 Words; Photo Credit: Bear Creek Funeral

A New Technology Creates This Bizarre and Beautiful Alternative To Burying Your Deceased Loved Ones

As traditional in our culture as funerals and burials of loved ones have become, it's a pretty wasteful practice. A company out of ...

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Stonemor Might Be Writing Its Own Obituary

January 27, 2017

By by Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer for Philly.com 

When the Archdiocese of Philadelphia two years ago announced plans to lease its 13 cemeteries to a private company, the deal was heralded as one to help the church recover from a dire financial situation.

Now, the Bucks ...

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Big For-Profit Cemetery Owner Settling Suits with Jews Who Say It Dug Up Their Loved Ones’ Bones

By Julie Masis, January 17, 2017

Not long ago, Jean Bergman, an 88-year-old retired manicurist, received a check for $1,000. She deposited it without giving it too much thought.

“I wasn’t told any of the details,” she said.

The check arrived in connection with her husband’s grave at ...

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Funeral Glossary

Planning a funeral can be overwhelming and understanding funeral terminology is it's own challenge. Below find the definitions to common funeral terms that you'll hear when planning a funeral.

Alternative Container

An unfinished wood box or other non-metal receptacle without ornamentation, often made of fiberboard, pressed wood, or composition materials ...

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If You Want to Save On a Funeral You Better Shop Around

By NATASHA LINDSTROM for TribLive

About 50 polished caskets line the showroom at Duster Funeral Home in Tarentum.

Their price tags range from $1,100 to more than $15,000.

"Solid bronze is really the top, then below that copper, stainless steel and, of course, expensive woods: cherry, mahogany," ...

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Know Your Options: Cremation

Cremation is quickly becoming one of the most popular funeral options with a national average topping 50% of Americans choosing cremation over burial. It has grown in popularity so much it is now recognized by the vatican as an acceptable means of final disposition. And while the process of cremation is ...

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'Today We Are His Family': Teen Volunteers Mourn Those Who Died Alone

Jan. 25, 2016 courtesy of Arun Rath and NPR.

On the drive to Fairview Cemetery in the Boston neighborhood of Hyde Park, six seniors from Roxbury Latin boys' school sit in silent reflection. Mike Pojman, the school's assistant headmaster and senior adviser, says the trip is a massive contrast to ...

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Casket Guide

Picking out a casket for yourself or a loved one can be a daunting task. Before you pick out a casket, you should know what your options are.

You have the option of purchasing caskets and urns from the funeral home or a 3rd party such as Willow & ...

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