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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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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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