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NFDA Consumer Survey: Funeral Planning Not a Priority for Americans

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 For the fifth consecutive year, the National Funeral Directors Association’s (NFDA) annual Consumer Awareness and Preferences Study indicates that consumers acknowledge the importance of preplanning their own funeral, but fail to do so in practice. This ...
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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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PA House Bill 1078 Introduced to Require Funeral Pricing Online

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 people ...
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State of Colorado Issues Cease and Desist to Heritage Cremation

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 suspended the registration ...
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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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Mississippi Funeral Home Refuses to Provide Services to Married Gay Couple

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

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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We’ve mastered weddings—but the funeral needs a lot of work

We’ve mastered weddings—but the funeral needs a lot of work
By Vanessa Quirk for Quartz April 4, 2017 The $20-billion-dollar death industry is ripe for disruption—and not of the zombie kind. A typical funeral service today is remarkably similar to one from 50 years ago. A funeral home will display the embalmed body, perhaps in an open casket, while a ...
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Bringing the Funeral Industry into the 21st Century

Bringing the Funeral Industry into the 21st Century
On April 23, 2017 the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Princeton is hosting their annual conference featuring guest speaker, Josh Slocum, Executive Director of the National Funeral Consumers Alliance (FCA). He will deliver a talk on "Bringing the Funeral Industry into the 21st Century" which includes:  Why is the funeral industry ...
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