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Chicago Archdiocese opens first cremation garden in a cemetery

Chicago Archdiocese opens first cremation garden in a cemetery
By Maya Brachear Pashman for the Chicago Tribune  Amid the sound of cascading water, Claire Thom and her sister Lori Van Buren ambled through a maze of orange day lilies, bronze markers, maple trees and granite benches Monday in search of their parents' final resting place. Their father, Edmund Sylwestrak, ...
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Vermont man's home burglarized while he attends wife's funeral

Vermont man's home burglarized while he attends wife's funeral
By Crimesider Staff for CBS News HYDE PARK, Vt. — Burglars targeted the Vermont home of an 82-year-old man while he was attending the funeral for his wife of 59 years over the weekend. Carl Fortune said that whoever burglarized his Hyde Park house during the day on a busy Vermont ...
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Illinois Catholic Bishop decrees no Holy Communion, funerals for same-sex couples

Illinois Catholic Bishop decrees no Holy Communion, funerals for same-sex couples
By Susan Hogan for The Washington Post The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Ill., is calling on priests there to deny Holy Communion and even funeral rites to people in same-sex unions unless they show “some signs of repentance” for their relationships before death. The decree by Bishop Thomas Paprocki also ...
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A Growing Movement Of ‘Death Doulas’ Is Rethinking How We Die

A Growing Movement Of ‘Death Doulas’ Is Rethinking How We Die
For end-of-life doulas, accompanying the dying is anything but morbid. By Antonia Blumberg for the Huffington Post Amy Levine has sat with many dying individuals in her capacity as a hospice social worker. She’s often felt the same, uncanny feeling as the moment of death approaches. “All I can tell ...
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Introducing Online Memorials at Funerals360

Introducing Online Memorials at Funerals360
It can be difficult to adequately commemorate a loved one. Usually, obituaries are brief and include only a single photo of the deceased. Often, this limited nature of obituaries can make people feel like they are not appropriately honouring the lives of people they have lost. Funerals360’s new Online Memorials ...
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Introducing My Funeral Wishes at Funerals360

Introducing My Funeral Wishes at Funerals360
According to the NFDA the average cost of a full service burial is $12,243. Often, people will spend more money on a funeral than the deceased would have wanted simply because they are trying to honour their loved one in the best possible way but don’t know their preferences. My ...
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How to Help a Grieving Friend

How to Help a Grieving Friend
Things to Do When You’re Not Sure What to Do By Megan Devine for Huffington Post I’ve been a therapist for more than 10 years. I worked in social services for the decade before that. I knew grief. I knew how to handle it in myself, and how to attend to ...
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From Ashes to Diamonds

From Ashes to Diamonds
By Mandy Kennedy for 22 Words; Photo Credit: Bear Creek Funeral A New Technology Creates This Bizarre and Beautiful Alternative To Burying Your Deceased Loved Ones As traditional in our culture as funerals and burials of loved ones have become, it's a pretty wasteful practice. A company out of Switzerland has recognized this ...
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Funeral Glossary

Funeral Glossary
Planning a funeral can be overwhelming and understanding funeral terminology is its own challenge. Below you can find definitions of common funeral terms that you may hear when planning a funeral. Alternative Container A simple, unfinished cardboard, wood, or other non-metal box that is without ornamentation, and is typically used for cremation, green ...
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If You Want to Save On a Funeral You Better Shop Around

If You Want to Save On a Funeral You Better Shop Around
By NATASHA LINDSTROM for TribLive About 50 polished caskets line the showroom at Duster Funeral Home in Tarentum. Their price tags range from $1,100 to more than $15,000. "Solid bronze is really the top, then below that copper, stainless steel and, of course, expensive woods: cherry, mahogany," supervisor J. Rodney Duster said. ...
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