What we can learn from the funerals in “Game of Thrones”

— by funeral director Amy Cunningham, re-posted with permission. Check out her blog . With funeral options like earth-friendly burial in simple shroud or biodegradable casket, family-witnessed cremation, and full body sea submersion drawing more interest than ever, it’s a good time to notice that the end-of-life rituals in HBO‘s epic fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” are… Read More >

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Did You Forget the Most Important Part of Funeral Planning?

Funerals are for the Living Media and salespeople urge you to plan your funeral—for “peace of mind.” But a piece (or peace) will be missing if you have not included in the planning process those who are likely to survive you. As parents we try to help our children learn how to handle money; we… Read More >

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How To Help Grieving People

WAYS TO HELP A GRIEVING FRIEND OR RELATIVE SHAKESPEARE WROTE, “WORDS CAN STING, BUT SILENCE BREAKS THE HEART.” RELATIVES, FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS ARE OFTEN SUPPORTIVE AT THE TIME OF A DEATH AND DURING THE WAKE AND FUNERAL. SYMPATHY CARDS, FOOD, FLOWERS AND GUESTS ARRIVE TO EXPRESS CONDOLENCES AND SUPPORT THE BEREAVED. BUT AFTER THE FUNERAL,… Read More >

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How to shop for a casket

Why do Americans tend to spend so much on a casket? Well, you might want a grand display for a day or so. Some are even “more comfortable”—with an innerspring mattress and adjustable head-rest. More likely, however, low-cost caskets simply aren’t on display. As one reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times found out when the funeral shopper… Read More >

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2014 Biennial Conference

FCA National Conference, June 5-7, 2014, Minneapolis Events and accommodations at the Park Plaza Hotel, 4460 W 78th St Cir, Bloomington, MN 55435. (952) 831-3131. Everyone is welcome. You do not have to be a member of Funeral Consumers Alliance to attend. If you do, we know you’ll want to join! Click here for hotel reservations… Read More >

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I’m against being buried in the ground o

I’m against being buried in the ground or even my body entombed in a mausoleum. The thought of my body being probed and poked by the undertaker is real rough what they do to prepare the body for viewing for the family then to rot for all eternity is not my sort of pleasant idea… Read More >

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