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Bringing the Funeral Industry into the 21st Century

Bringing the Funeral Industry into the 21st Century
On April 23, 2017 the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Princeton is hosting their annual conference featuring guest speaker, Josh Slocum, Executive Director of the National Funeral Consumers Alliance (FCA). He will deliver a talk on "Bringing the Funeral Industry into the 21st Century" which includes:  Why is the funeral industry ...
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Sorry, Nobody Wants Your Parents’ Stuff

Sorry, Nobody Wants Your Parents’ Stuff
Advice for boomers desperate to unload family heirloom By Richard Eisenberg for Next Avenue, February 9, 2016 After my father died at 94 in September, leaving my sister and me to empty his one-bedroom, independent living New Jersey apartment, we learned the hard truth that others in their 50s and 60s need ...
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FTC Covert Funeral Home Investigations Reveal Violations

FTC Covert Funeral Home Investigations Reveal Violations
February 15, 2017 via FTC News Federal Trade Commission investigators working undercover in nine states found failures to disclose pricing information to consumers, as required by the FTC’s Funeral Rule, in 31 of the 133 funeral homes they visited during 2015 and 2016. The FTC conducts undercover inspections to ensure ...
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Unlicensed West Philly undertaker sentenced to two years' probation

Unlicensed West Philly undertaker sentenced to two years' probation
By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer for Philly.com An unlicensed West Philadelphia funeral director whose mortuary was closed by the state in 2015 has been sentenced to two years’ probation and ordered to repay $5,000 to three families whose dead relatives were mishandled. Blair Hawkins, 54, of Laurel Springs, who operated ...
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Northeast Texas Cremation Costs Vary Dramatically

Northeast Texas Cremation Costs Vary Dramatically
By George Hale • MAR 21, 2017 for 88.9 KTR In Northeast Texas, the cost of a cremation can be unpredictable. In Paris, for example, the Peaceful Rest funeral home charges $950. Go two miles east, to Bright Holland funeral home, and it's more than $2,000. Three others in Paris charge somewhere in between. In comparing cremation ...
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When is dying a laughing matter?

When is dying a laughing matter?
By Allie Shah for the Star Tribune March 6, 2017 Roy Cato is dying. But that hasn’t stopped him or his caregivers from finding a way to keep laughing. Whether it’s jokes about enemas (“the enemy,” Cato calls them) or his long-term planning (“I need a calendar”), he has embraced humor as a ...
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You May Want to Marry My Husband

You May Want to Marry My Husband
By Amy Krouse Rosenthal , featured in the New York Times March 3, 2017 I have been trying to write this for a while, but the morphine and lack of juicy cheeseburgers (what has it been now, five weeks without real food?) have drained my energy and interfered with whatever prose prowess ...
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What happens to gold teeth when someone is cremated?

What happens to gold teeth when someone is cremated?
March 09, 2017  By Karin Price Mueller for NJ Advance Media, NJ.com  Cremation is growing in popularity in the United States. In 2015, 48.6 percent of Americans who died were cremated, according to the Cremation Association of North America (CANA). That number is expected to rise to 54.3 percent by 2020. New ...
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No-Frills ‘Green Burials’ Offer New Way to Go to the Great Hereafter

No-Frills ‘Green Burials’ Offer New Way to Go to the Great Hereafter
By MOLLY SMITH for Reporting Texas on Jan 6, 2017 Ellen Macdonald got the idea to open the first green cemetery in Central Texas while watching an episode of “Six Feet Under,” an HBO series about a family that owned a funeral home, in 2007. “It was the first time I ...
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When A Mother Decides To Stop Cancer Treatment And Face Death

When A Mother Decides To Stop Cancer Treatment And Face Death
Originally published Aug 5, 2016 By Dr. Annie Brewster and Leah Meyer for 90.9 WBUR More than a decade ago, Colleen Lum was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer. Her children, Kyle and Kiara, were 11 and 8 years old at the time. A few months ago, after battling the disease for 13 years, ...
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