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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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D2D Podcast with Rachel Zeldin, Death Planning Entrepreneur

D2D Podcast with Rachel Zeldin, Death Planning Entrepreneur
  On June 1, Brant Huddleston, host of the Dance to Death Afterlife Podcast (D2D Podcast) chatted with Rachel Zeldin of Funerals360 (formerly "I'm Sorry to Hear") about the innovative funeral planning website, as well as the concept of death cafes, and planning for the inevitable. The podcast brought to mind the topic of death in ...
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What Are Cash Advance Items in Funerals?

What Are Cash Advance Items in Funerals?
A cash advance in funeral planning is money you pay in advance to the funeral home to cover charges of certain items or services obtained from third party vendors. The funeral home may make these purchases on your behalf, and then pay the vendors with the money you have given ...
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Why Cremation is Rising A Trend

Why Cremation is Rising A Trend
Aside from the green burials with mushroom suits and biodegradable coffins, a more significant trend in the death care industry is an old favorite: cremation. Cremation goes back at least 20,000 years ago to Australia where archaeologists found the Mungo Lady, a partly cremated body of a woman at Lake Mungo, ...
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What Do Funeral Directors Do?

What Do Funeral Directors Do?
What are funeral directors? Funeral directors have existed throughout history. Also referred to as morticians and undertakers, in history these men and women were actually viewed as unclean in their dealings in the business of the dead, and were even ostracized. Since ancient time, the act of burying the dead is ...
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Green Funerals - With Death Comes Life

Green Funerals - With Death Comes Life
We are all individuals and we are entitled to our own varying beliefs in this life. There are so many things we can believe in, and so many factors affecting our perception of life and death. With so many beliefs, however, there is one constant we could all agree upon, ...
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Casket Terminology You Should Know

Casket Terminology You Should Know
When you’re planning for a funeral, a lot of important decisions are made and often on short-notice with very little information provided.  One of the most significant costs of the funeral is the casket you choose. There is a lot to consider when it comes to choosing a casket. There are ...
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