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Grieving Santa Rosa Family Reclaims Old Ways, Brings Son’s Body Home to Say Good-bye


When Carl Hamilton got the news that every parent dreads, his fatherly instinct kicked in. His son Chris was lying alone at the Sonoma County Coroner’s Office, the victim of a middle-of-the-night car crash. Against all modern convention, Hamilton decided he ...

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Tennessee 'Natural' Burial Ground Will Offer A Simpler Farewell — Casket Optional

Larkspur Conservation in Sumner County, Tenn., is a beautiful, parklike setting, with hiking trails and picnic areas and, soon, occasional burial plots. The 112 acres of serene rolling hills are protected by a conservation easement through the Nature Conservancy. Larkspur's founders hope it will offer families a greener — and ...

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Don't Burn Your Body When You're Dead: Dissolving Yourself Is Much More Eco-Friendly

Liquifying a body is cleaner and greener than traditional burials and cremation.

By Robin Scher / AlterNet January 25, 2018, 8:30 PM GMT

There are many ways to embark on the journey to the great beyond. One popular custom is the coffin burial. Or rather it was, until ...

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Burial Practices That Nourish the Earth

In this TedMed Talk by Caitlin Doughty (Ask a Mortician), she dives into greener death practices that nourish our earth.

Practices like composting of the dead and natural burials on conservational burial grounds. You will also learn about the affects of cremation, how green it is, and America's current death-care ...

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Houston funeral company to acquire Austin firm

Apr 10, 2017, 2:05pm CDT

Houston-based Service Corporation International, one of the largest funeral services companies in the world, is in discussions to acquire an independently owned Austin-based funeral chain.

Weed-Corley-Fish has four locations throughout central Texas and has been in business for more than 100 years, according ...

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Snapchat filters for funerals? Yes, that's really a thing

Aaron Robinson/CNET

BY  for CNET, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017

Snapchat geofilters are normally for birthdays and weddings. But people are making them for funerals, too.

A somber mood enveloped Stephenie Buchanan's family after her brother Tarrence's funeral.

Following the service in May, family and friends gathered in a ...

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Family-owned Allnutt Funeral Service sells after more than a century of operations in northern Colorado

One of Greeley's oldest and longest family-run businesses has changed hands.

The 132-year-old Allnutt Funeral Services is now a part of the Dignity Memorial network of funeral homes and cemeteries, operated by Houston-based Service Corporation International.

"We're excited for a new opportunity," Allnutt President Rick Allnutt said. "It's a ...

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End-Of-Life Advice: More Than 500,000 Chat On Medicare’s Dime

By JoNel Aleccia August 14, 2017 for Kaiser Health News

The 90-year-old woman in the San Diego-area nursing home was quite clear, said Dr. Karl Steinberg. She didn’t want aggressive measures to prolong her life. If her heart stopped, she didn’t want CPR.

But when Steinberg, a palliative care physician ...

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Man's Grave Occupied By Stranger; Offered $15 Refund

By Chris ChmuraJoe Rojas and Christine Roher for NBC Bay Area

John Wilson, 74, plans to be buried in Benicia's city cemetery, beside his parents.

“My dad said, ‘It’s got a really nice view of the Bay.’”


James and Madge Wilson bought two plots back in ...

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Hulmeville Funeral Director Stole $297,000 for Pre-Arrangements

HULMEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania funeral director has been charged with stealing nearly $297,000 from 54 people who paid for prearranged funerals since 1999.

Bucks County authorities say those thefts came to light after 52-year-old David Faust was arrested in April on charges he forged seven death certificates and ...

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