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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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NFDA Consumer Survey: Funeral Planning Not a Priority for Americans

The National Funeral Directors Association’s 2017 Consumer Awareness and Preferences Study Reveals Inconsistency in Funeral Planning Practices

Via the Nataional Funeral Directors Association June 22, 2017

nfda inforgraphic on pre-planning a funeralFor the fifth consecutive year, the National Funeral Directors Association’s (NFDA) annual Consumer Awareness and Preferences Study indicates that consumers acknowledge the importance ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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PA House Bill 1078 Introduced to Require Funeral Pricing Online

By State Rep. Jason Dawkins for PhillyVoice

Over a year ago, my grandfather, Billy Gambrel, passed away.

He was a larger-than-life figure in Frankford, a neighborhood in Northeast Philadelphia, and the recreation center that bears his name is a testament to the decades he devoted to mentoring and supporting young ...

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State of Colorado Issues Cease and Desist to Heritage Cremation

State Orders Controversial Cremation Company To Cease And Desist

By Brian Maass for CBS Denver

DENVER (CBS4) – A cremation company that some consumers labeled as nothing more than “body brokers” has been ordered to immediately stop doing business in Colorado following a CBS4 Investigation.

The Colorado Office of Funeral Home and Crematory Registration summarily ...

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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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Mississippi Funeral Home Refuses to Provide Services to Married Gay Couple

By Sandhya Somashekhar for Washington Post

For most of the 52 years he was in a relationship with Robert Huskey, Jack Zawadski doesn’t remember much in the way of anti-gay discrimination.

Not while they were trying to grow apples on a farm in Wisconsin. Not during the decades they spent as ...

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A funeral home displayed a Vietnam vet’s body without a coffin over a payment dispute

By Brian Murphy for the Miami Herald

A dispute over payment led to a deceased Vietnam War veteran’s body being placed on a gurney — not in a coffin — during his visitation at a funeral home in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, according to pictures posted by his family members.

George ...

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