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Four-Step Funeral Planning: Where to Start When You Don\'t Know How to Start Four-Step Funeral Planning: Where to Start When You Don\'t Know How to Start

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Common Funeral Myths Common Funeral Myths

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Cremation Explained Cremation Explained

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Did You Forget the Most Important Part of Funeral Planning? Did You Forget the Most Important Part of Funeral Planning?

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Earth Burial: a Tradition in Simplicity Earth Burial: a Tradition in Simplicity

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How to File a Funeral or Cemetery Complaint How to File a Funeral or Cemetery Complaint

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How to Plan a Memorial Service How to Plan a Memorial Service

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How to Read a Funeral Home Price List How to Read a Funeral Home Price List

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No One Wants to Talk About Death: How to Help No One Wants to Talk About Death: How to Help

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Organ and Body Donation Organ and Body Donation

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Prepaying Your Funeral: Benefits and Dangers Prepaying Your Funeral: Benefits and Dangers

Date added: 11/26/2007
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Simple and Cheap, My Father Said — by the Daughter of Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black Simple and Cheap, My Father Said — by the Daughter of Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black

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Starting a Funeral Consumers Alliance: You Can Do It! Starting a Funeral Consumers Alliance: You Can Do It!

Date added: 11/26/2007
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Ten Tips for Saving Funeral Dollars Ten Tips for Saving Funeral Dollars

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Viewing and Visitation: the Difference Viewing and Visitation: the Difference

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What Shall We Do With the Ashes? What Shall We Do With the Ashes?

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What You Should Know About Embalming What You Should Know About Embalming

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Death Away From Home Death Away From Home

Date added: 04/02/2008
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Information on death while traveling, and on how to cut costs when shipping a body for a distant burial.

Veterans Burial Benefits Veterans Burial Benefits

Date added: 04/28/2008
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Don\'t Get Buried in Debt: Benefits of Membership in a Funeral Consumers Alliance Don\'t Get Buried in Debt: Benefits of Membership in a Funeral Consumers Alliance

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Dangers of Prepaying

"Preneed" is a term coined by the funeral industry to describe the arrangement and payment of a funeral prior to death. Obviously, if you are to have any say in it, you must plan in advance of your death. "Prearrangement" is also used interchangeably with "preneed".

The marketing of preneed plans for funeral services and merchandise is increasingly prevalent. Various companies, including insurance companies, "for-profit cremation societies," and "preneed associations" flood the mail with advertising which touts the benefits of their preneed plans. There are a number of pitfalls, as well as options, about which consumers should be well-informed.

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