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Death Over Dinner

Death Over Dinner
It has become apparent in the recent months that talking about death is trendy. That's right, TRENDY. From Death Cafes to new end-of-life planning websites (too many to list here) to Death Over Dinner, the most recent addition to the global movement to talk about death before it is too ...
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Shiva 101 - A Simple Guide to Shiva Practices

Shiva 101 - A Simple Guide to Shiva Practices
Funeral and mourning rituals and traditions vary greatly between different cultures and religions. Today we are taking a look at the Jewish mourning tradition of "sitting shiva".  To help us understand what this means and what we can do as mourners or supporters of mourners, we have consulted with "The ...
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How Much Does It Cost to Die? The Answer Might Surprise You...

How Much Does It Cost to Die? The Answer Might Surprise You...
Une Belle Vie released this helpful infographic on the true cost of death. The infographic illustrates how much funerals, memorials, cremations and other death care options costs have risen from 1960 to 2010. It also provides the breakdown cost between burials and cremations and their impact on the environment. According ...
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What to Do When A Loved One Dies Away From Home?

What to Do When A Loved One Dies Away From Home?
Transportation of Remains by Air It is stressful enough when a loved one dies, but when a loved one dies away from home there is an added layer of complexity. What is the common process of transporting the deceased home or to the location of the funeral? To get answers ...
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Grief Talk with Audrey featuring Rachel Zeldin on Funeral Planning

Grief Talk with Audrey featuring Rachel Zeldin on Funeral Planning
Funeral Planning by Grief Talk with Audrey on Blog Talk Radio Rachel Zeldin of Funerals360 (formerly I'm Sorry to Hear) chatted with Audrey Pellicano, the Wise Widow about funeral planning, caskets, the Funeral Rule, and other need-to-know items when planning a funeral. Listen online or download to be an informed funeral onsumer. ...
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What You Need to Know About Home Funerals

What You Need to Know About Home Funerals
Home funerals are on the rise all over the country, and home funeral guides are leading the way. But what is a “home funeral” and what is a “home funeral guide?” We spoke with Lee Websiter from the National Home Funeral Alliance  and a Home Funeral Guide, to get answers to some ...
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New Credit Card Regulations May Affect Your Funeral Cost

New Credit Card Regulations May Affect Your Funeral Cost
As a follow-up to the article on payment options for funerals, below you can find more information on the credit card regulations allowing funeral homes to impose credit card surcharges on funeral costs. Funeral Homes May Impose Credit Card Surcharges Starting Jan. 27 Posted: January 21, 2013 By T. Scott ...
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What You Need to Know When Paying for a Funeral

What You Need to Know When Paying for a Funeral
Did you know that the average cost of a full-service "traditional burial" in the United States is over $7,000 excluding cemetery and reception costs?! This ranks funerals as the 2nd or 3rd most expensive life event. Unfortunatley, less than 1/3 of the US population pre-plans for this life event and ...
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How to Support a Friend After the Death of a Loved One

How to Support a Friend After the Death of a Loved One
Many of us struggle to find the right words to say to a friend or family member who is at the beginning stages in grieving the death of a loved one. If you know someone who is grieving but you are searching for an appropriate thing to say or do, ...
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To Keep or Not to Keep? Tips From a Home Downsizing Expert

To Keep or Not to Keep? Tips From a Home Downsizing Expert
What To Keep, Donate, Sell, and Discard When Cleaning Out a House of a Loved One Following the passing of a loved one such as a parent, grandparent, relative or close family friend what do I do with all of their household items? Since many people do not realize how ...
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