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'Today We Are His Family': Teen Volunteers Mourn Those Who Died Alone

'Today We Are His Family': Teen Volunteers Mourn Those Who Died Alone
Jan. 25, 2016 courtesy of Arun Rath and NPR. On the drive to Fairview Cemetery in the Boston neighborhood of Hyde Park, six seniors from Roxbury Latin boys' school sit in silent reflection. Mike Pojman, the school's assistant headmaster and senior adviser, says the trip is a massive contrast to ...
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Vatican issues guidelines on cremation, says no to scattering ashes

Vatican issues guidelines on cremation, says no to scattering ashes
Rome (CNN) The Vatican announced Tuesday that Catholics may be cremated but should not have their ashes scattered at sea or kept in urns at home. According to new guidelines from the Vatican's doctrinal office, cremated remains should be kept in a "sacred place" such as a church cemetery. Ashes should ...
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The Women Who Love Death

The Women Who Love Death
By JEN ORTIZ Oct 31, 2016 for Marie Claire Young women are more paranoid about their own demise than ever before. Enter "death positivity," a new female-driven trend aimed at turning that fear on its head. About a dozen people are gathered at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn, New York for ...
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FCA Philadelphia Newsletter: Summer 2016

FCA Philadelphia Newsletter: Summer 2016
Beating the high cost of funerals: With hard work from our board and volunteers, we now have over 140 General Price Lists from funeral homes all over the greater Philadelphia area. Direct cremation ranges from $700 to $4,465 (for the same thing!), and immediate burial from $900 to over $7,000! ...
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Cremation Not Included: FCA Study Reveals All

Cremation Not Included: FCA Study Reveals All
When a loved one passes away, those tasked with arranging funerals and settling estates have to make a multitude of decisions during a stressful time and on a deadline. Cremation? Burial? Embalming? Organ Donation? The possibilities are endless and the choices made often have a lasting effect and although we ...
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The cost of dying is steep for the unprepared

The cost of dying is steep for the unprepared
By Marion Callahan for PhillyBurbs The last thing grief-stricken people may think about when a loved one dies is the cost of the final arrangements.  With little time to plan during a vulnerable time, they could end up with a hefty bill, paying far more on services than they planned -- ...
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Funeral Homes 101: What You Need to Know At a Vulnerable Time

Funeral Homes 101: What You Need to Know At a Vulnerable Time
Dialogues on Living & Dying Well with guest, Rachel Zeldin Without knowledge of the options available to us, we are unable to make the best choice for ourselves and support our loved ones to make their own choices as well. -Kim Adams View the June 9th webinar series featuring I'm Sorry To ...
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Philly funeral homes should post prices online

Philly funeral homes should post prices online
By Rachel Zeldin for Philadelphia Media Network Planning a funeral is extremely difficult, and not just because someone you love has died. The process is chaotic and time-consuming, and having many funeral homes stuck in the pre-Internet age doesn't help. If you are like most people, you have never purchased ...
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Philadelphia Media Network profits from digital incubator partnerships

Philadelphia Media Network profits from digital incubator partnerships
By Mark Toner for INMA When sales representatives for the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com call on clients, they know the advertising collateral on their iPads — rate cards, samples, and advertising guidelines — is up to date. That’s because a mobile document management system developed by ...
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VIDEO: More to Dying Than Meets the Eye

VIDEO: More to Dying Than Meets the Eye
In this TEDX Talk by Martha Atkins, she will explain deathbed phenomena and present on-going research about the topic. Accounts from the dying and bedside witnesses will be shared. Those who work with the dying are familiar with patients seeing long deceased loved ones, angelic beings, even hearing music and comforting ...
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