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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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A Guide to Pre-Planning a Funeral

A Guide to Pre-Planning a Funeral
Thinking ahead in life is a human constant - even when the future and the end is not the main focus of your mind it still hovers there within your circus of thoughts. Like the end, funerals and deaths are not something most people like to think about, but once ...
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Do Your Ashes Long to Travel?

Do Your Ashes Long to Travel?
The easiest way to travel with cremated remains is to pack them in your checked luggage; however, you need to check with the airline on their policy since some airlines will not accept cremated remains in checked luggage, while others may only accept it as checked luggage.   If you ...
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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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