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Fear, Death, and Pumpkins

Fear, Death, and Pumpkins
Last week, I'm Sorry to Hear was featured as the go-to source for at-need funeral planning on NPR's "The Pulse." In the hour-long segment, reporters touched on the growing appeal of Death Salons, Death Cafes, and featured "death-tech" companies in the Innovation segment. The whole broadcast is fascinating. Our interview ...
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FCA and CFA National Funeral Price Survey Results

FCA and CFA National Funeral Price Survey Results
October 15, 2015 JUST RELEASED NATIONAL SURVEY RESULTS: The Cost of Dying is Variable and Non-Transparent Press Teleconference Reveals New Data on Costs, Price Disclosures and Laws Which Fail to Protect Bereaved Consumers. The Full Press Release can be found here and is excerpted below. Washington, D.C. – "Today, the ...
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Consumer group survey: Funeral costs vary in Philly, but prices difficult to compare

Consumer group survey: Funeral costs vary in Philly, but prices difficult to compare
By Elana Gordon for WHYY Newsworks Determining the costs of funeral services can be really difficult in Philadelphia, according to a new survey from the Funeral Consumers Alliance and the Consumer Federation of America. Federal law mandates that funeral homes give price lists to consumers who walk in the door, but if you're ...
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Funeral for one: Why burial decisions still matter when you don't have kids

Funeral for one: Why burial decisions still matter when you don't have kids
Looking ahead to end-of-life decisions is never easy. But having children, or close family members, sometimes tidies the to-do list. You choose a burial site where your kids can easily travel. There's an obvious loved one to handle all the decisions and paperwork. So individuals who don't have children — ...
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VIDEO: Everything You Need to Know About The Good Death

VIDEO: Everything You Need to Know About The Good Death
The Good Death | Dying on Your Own Terms Irina Jordan, founder of Artisurn talks about the "good death" and all that it entails on this TEDX Talk. From green burials, to home funerals to death doulas, to death with dignity laws, Irina neatly sums up all the good ways to die in the ...
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$100,000 from AOL Founder Down to 8 Finalists Read

$100,000 from AOL Founder Down to 8 Finalists Read
By Jared Shelly for PhillyMag After more than 130 Philly companies applied, the quest for a $100,000 investment from one of the world’s best-known angel investors has narrowed to eight semi-finalists. Steve Case — AOL founder and champion of tech cities not named Silicon Valley, San Francisco and New York — will make the investment on Sept. 29 after ...
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Philadelphia 'death cafes' argue it's time to bring death out of the closet

Philadelphia 'death cafes' argue it's time to bring death out of the closet
By Brandon Baker for Philly Voice Social franchise aims to topple death taboos Rachel Zeldin was unprepared for what came next. When her great-uncle died in 2011 without an immediate family to address his funeral needs, Zeldin was stunned that she and her family had been left to both foot ...
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What the Supreme Court Decision Legalizing Same Sex Marriage Means for Funeral Planning

What the Supreme Court Decision Legalizing Same Sex Marriage Means for Funeral Planning
The recent Supreme Court decision on the Obergefell v. Hodges case has legalized same sex marriage but what does the decision mean for end-of-life and funeral planning? Traditionally, legal authority over funeral planning goes first to an individual's living spouse, then next of kin (children), then parents, or if appointed ahead ...
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FTC proposes new guidelines for collecting debt from dead people

FTC proposes new guidelines for collecting debt from dead people
By Ylan Q. Mui for the Washington Post Monday, November 22, 2010 The Federal Trade Commission is seeking to revise the protocol surrounding two of life's touchiest subjects: debt and death. Debt collection has become an increasingly controversial practice as more Americans default on loan payments. Government data show the ...
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Credit Card Debt That Outlives Mom

Credit Card Debt That Outlives Mom
By SHERISSE PHAM for the New York Times MARCH 10, 2011 8:00 AM March 10, 2011 8:00 am Following a recent post on the rising levels of credit card debt among the elderly, several readers raised an important question: What happens when borrowers die? Do they take their credit card balances to the grave, ...
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