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From Ashes to Diamonds

From Ashes to Diamonds
By Mandy Kennedy for 22 Words; Photo Credit: Bear Creek Funeral A New Technology Creates This Bizarre and Beautiful Alternative To Burying Your Deceased Loved Ones As traditional in our culture as funerals and burials of loved ones have become, it's a pretty wasteful practice. A company out of Switzerland has recognized this ...
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Funeral Glossary

Funeral Glossary
Planning a funeral can be overwhelming and understanding funeral terminology is its own challenge. Below you can find definitions of common funeral terms that you may hear when planning a funeral. Alternative Container A simple, unfinished cardboard, wood, or other non-metal box that is without ornamentation, and is typically used for cremation, green ...
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If You Want to Save On a Funeral You Better Shop Around

If You Want to Save On a Funeral You Better Shop Around
By NATASHA LINDSTROM for TribLive 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," supervisor J. Rodney Duster said. ...
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Know Your Options: Cremation

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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Casket Guide

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, Walmart, a local ...
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Know Your Options: Burials

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 the ...
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Vatican issues guidelines on cremation, says no to scattering ashes

Vatican issues guidelines on cremation, says no to scattering ashes
Rome (CNN) The Vatican announced Tuesday that Catholics may be cremated but should not have their ashes scattered at sea or kept in urns at home. According to new guidelines from the Vatican's doctrinal office, cremated remains should be kept in a "sacred place" such as a church cemetery. Ashes should ...
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Cremation Not Included: FCA Study Reveals All

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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Everything You Need to Know About Death Certificates

Everything You Need to Know About Death Certificates
Photo: Alan Crawford, Getty Images When a loved one dies, you'll need to order death certificates to submit to certain agencies to shut down accounts or collect benefits. But how many death certificates should you order? Below you'll learn about the purpose of death certificates, typical uses, how to order ...
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Funeral Customs & Traditions: The Surprising History Behind Gravestones

Funeral Customs & Traditions: The Surprising History Behind Gravestones
"Shhh," I'd whisper to my little brother, index finger pressed tightly to my lips, "Don't make any noise or you'll wake the dead." We'd stare out the window, holding our breath, as our car passed yet another cemetery. Watching in anticipation as the granite gravestones rushed past in a grey ...
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