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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.

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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


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 Amazon, Costco ...

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Know Your Options: Burials

A burial is defined as an act or ceremony of burying a dead person or object in a grave, often synonymous with "interment," the placing of human remains in an underground enclosure. In the funeral industry, a burial is a means of final disposition that ends with burial in ...

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Vatican issues guidelines on cremation, says no to scattering ashes

According to new guidelines from the Vatican's doctrinal office, cremated remains should be kept in a "sacred place" such as a church cemetery ...

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The Women Who Love Death

By  Oct 31, 2016 for Marie Claire

Young women are more paranoid about their own demise than ever before. Enter "death positivity," a new female-driven trend aimed at turning that fear on its head.

About a dozen people are gathered at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn ...

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FCA Philadelphia Newsletter: Summer 2016

Beating the high cost of funerals:

With hard work from our board and volunteers, we now have over 140 General Price Lists from funeral homes all over the greater Philadelphia area. Direct cremation ranges from $700 to $4,465 (for the same thing!), and immediate burial from $900 to over ...

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Cremation Not Included: FCA Study Reveals All

When a loved one passes away, those tasked with arranging funerals and settling estates have to make a multitude of decisions during a stressful time and on a deadline. Cremation? Burial? Embalming? Organ Donation? The possibilities are endless and the choices made often have a lasting effect and although we ...

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