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Should Children Come to Funerals?

Should Children Come to Funerals?
When a loved one leaves us, the choice of whether or not to take a child to the funeral can be a difficult one. There may be strong reasons to do so, but – then again – there could be excellent (and very understandable) reasons to leave the child with ...
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A Brief History of Caskets

A Brief History of Caskets
Caskets are a common purchase that many families make when planning a loved one’s burial. So where did caskets originate, and how did they become so popular?  What is a Casket? A casket is an enclosed burial vessel for human remains. While the terms “coffin” and “casket” have sometimes been ...
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How to Plan a Funeral

How to Plan a Funeral
When a loved one passes, grief can make any task seem overwhelming, let alone planning the funeral. However, armed with the right knowledge you can make confident and informed decisions. These simple steps can make the prospect of planning your loved one’s funeral much less daunting. Step 1: Consult Your ...
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Funerals of the Future: Space Burials, Greener Cremations, and… Human Composting?

Funerals of the Future: Space Burials, Greener Cremations, and… Human Composting?
Nothing is impervious to change, including the way we bury and memorialize the dead. Factors such as our society’s increasing emphasis on sustainability and the rise of the digital age have led to significant changes in funerals, burials, and cremations. Here are some recent developments that could shape the trends ...
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What’s In Embalming Fluid?

What’s In Embalming Fluid?
Embalming is a common part of funerals throughout the United States today. However, many people don’t realize that embalming is not a requirement in most cases, and it is not widely practiced outside of North America.   The decision to embalm is entirely up to the individual.  For someone planning ...
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Introducing Our New Premium Service

Introducing Our New Premium Service
Funerals360 is excited to announce an all-new suite of funeral planning services through our Funerals360 Premium Membership plans. In response to the feedback we have gathered from our member survey and direct interactions with site users over the past couple of years, the results were clear: 1. Consumers want and deserve funeral pricing transparency and better tools ...
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How to Save $3,800 on a Funeral

How to Save $3,800 on a Funeral
Here’s a true story about a man named Mike, who contacted me recently via Funerals360. His elderly father had passed away, and after the dust settled, he was worried that he had overpaid for the direct cremation his family had purchased from the local funeral home. Even though his father ...
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A buried problem at country’s top funeral home chain?

A buried problem at country’s top funeral home chain?
BY AIMEE PICCHI, UPDATED ON: MARCH 7, 2017 / 1:20 PM / MONEYWATCH Families dealing with the death of a loved one are often struggling with a range of bereavement issues. The pain of getting overcharged by a funeral home may only add to their grief.  Rates and price disclosures from Service ...
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Washington passes bill to become first state to compost human bodies

Washington passes bill to become first state to compost human bodies
By Ben Guarino; April 26, 2019 for the Washington Post It may soon be legal for the dead to push daisies, or any other flower, in backyard gardens across Washington state. The state legislature recently passed a bill that, if signed by the governor, allows human bodies to be composted — and ...
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How Cremation Diamond Jewelry is Made

How Cremation Diamond Jewelry is Made
If you’ve recently lost someone special, cremation jewelry can provide a unique and personalized way of keeping your loved one close. Some bracelets, rings, earrings, and necklace pendants can be made from small amounts of ash of the deceased, including cremation diamonds. Other cremation jewelry, such as urn pendants, can ...
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