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Man's Grave Occupied By Stranger; Offered $15 Refund

Man's Grave Occupied By Stranger; Offered $15 Refund
By Chris Chmura, Joe Rojas and Christine Roher for NBC Bay Area John Wilson, 74, plans to be buried in Benicia's city cemetery, beside his parents. “My dad said, ‘It’s got a really nice view of the Bay.’”   James and Madge Wilson bought two plots back in 1955. They’re buried together in plot 36a., ...
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Why Pre-Plan Your Funeral?

Why Pre-Plan Your Funeral?
There are many benefits to planning ahead for our major life milestones. We plan weddings to celebrate love, baby showers to celebrate new life, birthday parties to acknowledge how we’ve grown, and even anniversaries to recognize continued achievements. However, there’s one life event that many people don’t even like to ...
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Hulmeville Funeral Director Stole $297,000 for Pre-Arrangements

Hulmeville Funeral Director Stole $297,000 for Pre-Arrangements
HULMEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania funeral director has been charged with stealing nearly $297,000 from 54 people who paid for prearranged funerals since 1999. Bucks County authorities say those thefts came to light after 52-year-old David Faust was arrested in April on charges he forged seven death certificates and fraudulently ...
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NFDA Consumer Survey: Funeral Planning Not a Priority for Americans

NFDA Consumer Survey: Funeral Planning Not a Priority for Americans
The National Funeral Directors Association’s 2017 Consumer Awareness and Preferences Study Reveals Inconsistency in Funeral Planning Practices For the fifth consecutive year, the National Funeral Directors Association’s (NFDA) annual Consumer Awareness and Preferences Study indicates that consumers acknowledge the importance of preplanning their own funeral, but fail to do so in practice. This ...
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Chicago Archdiocese opens first cremation garden in a cemetery

Chicago Archdiocese opens first cremation garden in a cemetery
By Maya Brachear Pashman for the Chicago Tribune  Amid the sound of cascading water, Claire Thom and her sister Lori Van Buren ambled through a maze of orange day lilies, bronze markers, maple trees and granite benches Monday in search of their parents' final resting place. Their father, Edmund Sylwestrak, ...
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Vermont man's home burglarized while he attends wife's funeral

Vermont man's home burglarized while he attends wife's funeral
By Crimesider Staff for CBS News HYDE PARK, Vt. — Burglars targeted the Vermont home of an 82-year-old man while he was attending the funeral for his wife of 59 years over the weekend. Carl Fortune said that whoever burglarized his Hyde Park house during the day on a busy Vermont ...
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Illinois Catholic Bishop decrees no Holy Communion, funerals for same-sex couples

Illinois Catholic Bishop decrees no Holy Communion, funerals for same-sex couples
By Susan Hogan for The Washington Post The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Ill., is calling on priests there to deny Holy Communion and even funeral rites to people in same-sex unions unless they show “some signs of repentance” for their relationships before death. The decree by Bishop Thomas Paprocki also ...
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PA House Bill 1078 Introduced to Require Funeral Pricing Online

PA House Bill 1078 Introduced to Require Funeral Pricing Online
By State Rep. Jason Dawkins for PhillyVoice Over a year ago, my grandfather, Billy Gambrel, passed away. He was a larger-than-life figure in Frankford, a neighborhood in Northeast Philadelphia, and the recreation center that bears his name is a testament to the decades he devoted to mentoring and supporting young people ...
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State of Colorado Issues Cease and Desist to Heritage Cremation

State of Colorado Issues Cease and Desist to Heritage Cremation
State Orders Controversial Cremation Company To Cease And Desist By Brian Maass for CBS Denver DENVER (CBS4) – A cremation company that some consumers labeled as nothing more than “body brokers” has been ordered to immediately stop doing business in Colorado following a CBS4 Investigation. The Colorado Office of Funeral Home and Crematory Registration summarily suspended the registration ...
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A Growing Movement Of ‘Death Doulas’ Is Rethinking How We Die

A Growing Movement Of ‘Death Doulas’ Is Rethinking How We Die
For end-of-life doulas, accompanying the dying is anything but morbid. By Antonia Blumberg for the Huffington Post Amy Levine has sat with many dying individuals in her capacity as a hospice social worker. She’s often felt the same, uncanny feeling as the moment of death approaches. “All I can tell ...
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