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Grieving Santa Rosa Family Reclaims Old Ways, Brings Son’s Body Home to Say Good-bye


When Carl Hamilton got the news that every parent dreads, his fatherly instinct kicked in. His son Chris was lying alone at the Sonoma County Coroner’s Office, the victim of a middle-of-the-night car crash. Against all modern convention, Hamilton decided he ...

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Tennessee 'Natural' Burial Ground Will Offer A Simpler Farewell — Casket Optional

Larkspur Conservation in Sumner County, Tenn., is a beautiful, parklike setting, with hiking trails and picnic areas and, soon, occasional burial plots. The 112 acres of serene rolling hills are protected by a conservation easement through the Nature Conservancy. Larkspur's founders hope it will offer families a greener — and ...

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Scattering Ashes: What You Need to Know

Scattering ashes, also called cremated remains, is a poplular choice when a person or family chooses cremation. If you're seeking answers on what you can do with the ashes, look no further. Below you can find guidelines about what you can do with the ashes on land, water, and air.

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Don't Burn Your Body When You're Dead: Dissolving Yourself Is Much More Eco-Friendly

Liquifying a body is cleaner and greener than traditional burials and cremation.

By Robin Scher / AlterNet January 25, 2018, 8:30 PM GMT

There are many ways to embark on the journey to the great beyond. One popular custom is the coffin burial. Or rather it was, until ...

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Burial Practices That Nourish the Earth

In this TedMed Talk by Caitlin Doughty (Ask a Mortician), she dives into greener death practices that nourish our earth.

Practices like composting of the dead and natural burials on conservational burial grounds. You will also learn about the affects of cremation, how green it is, and America's current death-care ...

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Top Non-Religious Rituals for Celebrations of Life

One of the best parts of being a Funeral Celebrant is helping families think of Rituals for the Ceremony. Some of these create interaction with the guests attending. Words and music are important; however, the Rituals are something visual that almost everyone remembers. People will often comment, I ...

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Snapchat filters for funerals? Yes, that's really a thing

Aaron Robinson/CNET

BY  for CNET, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017

Snapchat geofilters are normally for birthdays and weddings. But people are making them for funerals, too.

A somber mood enveloped Stephenie Buchanan's family after her brother Tarrence's funeral.

Following the service in May, family and friends gathered in a ...

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What to do When Someone Dies

To a lot of people, death seems scary. The vast majority of Americans (around 80%) die in hospitals and nursing homes rather than at home, in part because it seems easier to leave death in the hands of medical professionals than to handle the end-of-life process ourselves. In reality, a ...

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Consumer Guide to Understanding Final Expense Insurance

Final expense insurance is one of several options for preplanning and paying for a funeral or memorial. Though there is a lot of information on the internet about final expense insurance, it can still seem overwhelming and confusing. If you’re wondering if it’s a good option for you, we’ve asked ...

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Which Flowers Are Best?

Sending flowers as a sentiment of sympathy is a tradition that dates back many years. Whether a loved one passes away, an old friend becomes ill, or a coworker experiences a loss, sending flowers to express your sympathy may feel like the ‘right’ thing to do. But what do you ...

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