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Dying With Debt: Will Your Children Inherit Your Obligations?

Dying With Debt: Will Your Children Inherit Your Obligations?
By Jim T. Miller, Syndicated columnist, NBC Today contributor and creator of SavvySenior.org 04/11/2012 03:11 pm ET | Updated Jun 11, 2012 Dear Savvy Senior What happens to a person’s debt after they die? At age 78, I have accumulated quite a bit of credit card and medical debt over the past few years ...
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Cremation by Water

Cremation by Water
In a 12-minute video, TIME on YouTube explained to the audience about an increasingly popular cremation alternative. It is still cremation in the end, except instead of using fire to cremate the body, it is water. Cremation rates are rising within the U.S., and researchers expect the number to see ...
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Getting Buried at Arlington Cemetery May Take Forever

Getting Buried at Arlington Cemetery May Take Forever
Don R. Sykes was killed in Vietnam on Aug. 12, 1969. Ten days later he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. His widow, Lorraine Tharp, isn’t eligible to be buried with Sykes because she remarried, but her current husband is a Vietnam veteran, and she thought they would both be ...
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Ask a Mortician: Alkaline Hydrolysis

Ask a Mortician: Alkaline Hydrolysis
Alkaline hydrolysis, otherwise known as flameless cremation, or liquid cremation, or water-based cremation, or even green cremation, is the process of liquefying the body after death. The 10-12 hour process combines pressure, heat, and lye to help dissolve the body. Some benefits of alkaline hydrolysis is the lowered impact it ...
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Death with Dignity Gains More Attention, Meaning More Control for End-Of-Life Decisions

Death with Dignity Gains More Attention, Meaning More Control for End-Of-Life Decisions
Death with Dignity, a movement to give the dying more control of their end-of-life care and decisions, has been gaining more media attention as of late. The Death with Dignity National Center advocates for mentally competent adults given six months or fewer to live the option to request medication from ...
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New Jersey Assembly approves death with dignity bill

New Jersey Assembly approves death with dignity bill
By JESSICA FIRGER CBS NEWS November 13, 2014, 7:03 PM Lawmakers in New Jersey passed a bill Thursday that would allow physicians to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients. The Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act passed the state Assembly 41 to 31, although it's not clear if the state Senate will ...
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Brittany Maynard, 29-Year-Old With Terminal Cancer, Explains Why She’s Delaying Ending Her Life

Brittany Maynard, 29-Year-Old With Terminal Cancer, Explains Why She’s Delaying Ending Her Life
10/30/2014 11:36 am ET Amanda L. Chan Managing Editor, Healthy Living Brittany Maynard, who moved with her family to Oregon to access the state’s Death With Dignity law after being given a terminal cancer diagnosis, has decided to delay ending her life, she announced in a video posted on her website Thursday. ...
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'Every dollar you prepay to a funeral home has to be guaranteed' Ryder funeral home scandal prompts forum

'Every dollar you prepay to a funeral home has to be guaranteed' Ryder funeral home scandal prompts forum
Published in print: Thursday, October 16, 2014 By Chad Cain for the Daily Hampshire Gazette  NORTHAMPTON — A visit to a funeral home early Wednesday to pay respects to a friend got Claudia E. Hodges thinking hard about what kind of funeral she wants after she dies — and how she ...
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Baby Boomers Planning Ahead, and Green Burials are On the Rise

Baby Boomers Planning Ahead, and Green Burials are On the Rise
Jay Castaño knows exactly what his funeral will be like. A few days after he dies, friends and family will gather in Southeast Washington, say a few kind words and put his unembalmed body straight into the Earth. “I want to be wrapped in a shroud like a little burrito,” ...
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Caleb Wilde talks "Embracing Death"

Caleb Wilde talks "Embracing Death"
Funeral director Caleb Wilde spoke at a local TEDx event regarding the idea of death acceptance within our culture. Through a journey of small steps, our culture had shifted from a healthy acceptance of death to denial of it. The sixth generation funeral director explored options to help us return ...
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