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Planning Your Own Funeral: Making Your Funeral a Unique Send Off

Planning Your Own Funeral: Making Your Funeral a Unique Send Off
Funerals are no longer just about mourning a loss; today they are becoming more of a celebration of life.  Practically unheard of just a few years back, it is now increasingly common to plan your funeral yourself and even pay for it before you die. The folks at Laurel Funerals ...
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Funeral Celebrants: What is a Funeral Celebrant and Where Can I Find One?

Funeral Celebrants: What is a Funeral Celebrant and Where Can I Find One?
What is a Funeral Celebrant? Funeral celebrants are ceremony specialists who have a sound background in the history of ritual, ceremony, and funeral traditions in many cultures and religions. Celebrants take the time to learn about your loved one and will weave their life story into a unique end-of-life ceremony. ...
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The Business of Death: An Infographic

The Business of Death: An Infographic
The team at Best Medical Degrees put together this great info graphic on the business of death. Learn what the World Death Rate is per year, day, hour, minute, and second. Also learn the most popular methods of disposal and the most common "alternatives" in this visual representation of the business ...
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Who Has The Legal Right to Arrange a Funeral

Who Has The Legal Right to Arrange a Funeral
By Josh Slocum, Executive Director Funeral Consumers Alliance  The question of who has the legal rights to arrange a funeral comes up surprisingly often. Conflicts between family members and interested parties over who has the legal right and precedence to make funeral arrangements for a person are sadly common. Here ...
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Paying For a Funeral

Paying For a Funeral
Planning a funeral can get pricey.  The fees for hiring a funeral director, having a service, buying a casket, and anything else you want for your loved ones can add up. The average funeral in America in 2012 topped $12,000 including cemetery plots and fees. However, funerals don’t have to ...
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Body Donation: Everything You Need to Know About Body Donation

Body Donation: Everything You Need to Know About Body Donation
This article answers all the questions you and your family might have about the process of donating your body. Click here to learn how to donate your body and where your body goes after being donated.  The following section outlines the general process along with several national organizations that help facilitate ...
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Funeral Assistance for Those Who Need It

Funeral Assistance for Those Who Need It
Funerals today are very expensive and not everyone is able to afford them. Because of this some states offer burial or cremation assistance or benefits for indigent persons or families without a means to pay for funeral expenses for a loved one who received welfare of social service benefits. Indigent ...
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Dramatic Funeral Customs From Around the World

Dramatic Funeral Customs From Around the World
Cover Photocredit: Design Indaba Around the world, there are many different ways to commemorate and respect the deaths of those who have passed. In North America, cremation and ground burial are the most common means of burial. Here we are highlighting five (5) dramatic (and graphic) death customs that were or ...
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Top 5 Creative Ways to Spread Cremated Remains

Top 5 Creative Ways to Spread Cremated Remains
When it comes to cremating your loved ones, it can sometimes be hard to think of the perfect way to remember them and honor their life.  Here at I’m Sorry To Hear we have seen a lot of different and creative ways to say good bye to your loved ones. ...
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What to Know About Scattering Ashes (and some creative ways to do it)

What to Know About Scattering Ashes (and some creative ways to do it)
Can I scatter my ashes in the backyard? How about at my local park? How about in a baseball stadium like in that one movie? With more people opting for cremation than ever before, finding the right place to scatter is important, though the legality of it is is even ...
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