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'Every dollar you prepay to a funeral home has to be guaranteed' Ryder funeral home scandal prompts forum

'Every dollar you prepay to a funeral home has to be guaranteed' Ryder funeral home scandal prompts forum
Published in print: Thursday, October 16, 2014 By Chad Cain for the Daily Hampshire Gazette  NORTHAMPTON — A visit to a funeral home early Wednesday to pay respects to a friend got Claudia E. Hodges thinking hard about what kind of funeral she wants after she dies — and how she ...
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Baby Boomers Planning Ahead, and Green Burials are On the Rise

Baby Boomers Planning Ahead, and Green Burials are On the Rise
Jay Castaño knows exactly what his funeral will be like. A few days after he dies, friends and family will gather in Southeast Washington, say a few kind words and put his unembalmed body straight into the Earth. “I want to be wrapped in a shroud like a little burrito,” ...
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Caleb Wilde talks "Embracing Death"

Caleb Wilde talks "Embracing Death"
Funeral director Caleb Wilde spoke at a local TEDx event regarding the idea of death acceptance within our culture. Through a journey of small steps, our culture had shifted from a healthy acceptance of death to denial of it. The sixth generation funeral director explored options to help us return ...
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A Comparison of Crowdfunding Platforms for Funerals and Memorials

A Comparison of Crowdfunding Platforms for Funerals and Memorials
Whether a death is sudden or expected, it is always sad and often stressful pulling together details and finances in a short amount of time. Given that most people do not save for their funeral, those remaining are not only left with grief, but also a lot of expenses. You ...
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Crowdfunding for Funeral and Memorials

Crowdfunding for Funeral and Memorials
What is Crowdfunding? Crowdfunding is a means of fundraising for a particular, product, project, or event. Many of us are familiar with the crowdfunding site, Kickstarter, which is great for creative and entrepreneurial endeavors, but they don’t do anything for funeral, memorials, or charity events. However, there are a variety of ...
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General Price List (GPL) Definitions

General Price List (GPL) Definitions
Funeral Home General Price List Glossary (A-Z) A General Price List (GPL) is a list of all the products and services that a funeral home offers for sale. It is comprised of an itemized lists of those products and services and may include "packages" of services and a Casket, Urn, ...
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How to Handle Funeral Costs

How to Handle Funeral Costs
By Susan Johnston for US News and World Reports They say the only certainties in life are death and taxes. Uncle Sam withholds money for taxes, but there's no forced savings for a funeral. Most people don't give it much thought until they're grieving the loss of a loved one – ...
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Obituaries and Death Notices Explained

Obituaries and Death Notices Explained
Within the puzzling series of events and course of action that follow a loved one’s death, there is often a formal announcement of the death - the placing of an obituary or death notice in a newspaper and/or online. The announcement of death is never something someone wants to hear, ...
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What Is a General Price List and What You May Find In It

What Is a General Price List and What You May Find In It
Before The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s Funeral Rule went into effect in the year 1984, prices within the funeral industry were extremely foggy to consumers. Funeral homes often showed consumers packages that forced the consumers to purchase everything that was offered, even if some of those items or services within ...
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What You Need to Know About Advance Directives

What You Need to Know About Advance Directives
Planning for the end of life entails contemplation of possible terminal scenarios. No one likes to imagine one’s final passage, but by giving it some thought ahead of time you will be doing yourself and your life companions a foresighted favor. You can complete this favor with an advance directive. ...
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