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Art Intended to Make the End of Life Beautiful

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The New York Times
December 31, 2010

For most of his mother’s life, Tobi Kahn would make a present on each of her birthdays. The gifts began during his childhood as hand-drawn cards, more tender than precocious. As he grew into a formally trained and then a critically acclaimed artist, he made her a pocketbook one year, a desk set another, photographs worthy of museum exhibition.

Then, in the early summer of 2004, Ellen Schapiro Kahn lay in Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, dying at 75 of pancreatic cancer that had been diagnosed barely a month before. It was uncertain she would survive even long enough to be moved into a hospice near her home.

The Public Outcry for Funeral Reform Part II

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January 5, 2011

In "Funeral Costs: What They Average; Are They Too High? Can They Be Reduced?", a 1928 report for Metropolitan Life, John Gebhart, like Quincy Dowd, analyzed the competition between undertakers ..... Gebhart came to the following conclusions: that competition in the funeral business was not on the basis of price, that instead it was for "the possession of bodies;" that once the undertaker had possession of the body he could charge as much as possible .....
Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 January 2011 12:08 ) Read more...

Cyberspace When You’re Dead

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The New York Times
January 9, 2011

The Internet promises a kind of immortality. What if your last tweet is the one that defines you for all time?

Suppose that just after you finish reading this article, you keel over, dead. Perhaps you’re ready for such an eventuality, in that you have prepared a will or made some sort of arrangement for the fate of the worldly goods you leave behind: financial assets, personal effects, belongings likely to have sentimental value to others and artifacts of your life like photographs, journals, letters. Even if you haven’t made such arrangements, all of this will get sorted one way or another, maybe in line with what you would have wanted, and maybe not.
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City of Toledo mulls cremating dead indigents

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The Toledo (Ohio) Blade
January 04, 2011

Forest Cemetery running low on plots; action would cut costs

With some of Toledo's city-owned cemeteries filling up and its finances quickly dwindling, the Bell administration Tuesday plans to propose cremating dead indigent people rather than burying their bodies.
Read the full article in The Toledo Blade

Costs, convenience, wishes of deceased affect funeral decisions

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Dayton (Ohio) Daily News
Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Consumers typically spend more on funerals than any other one-time purchase except a home or vehicle.

The average cost of an adult funeral in 2009 was $6,560, a 17.5 percent increase from 2004, according to the National Funeral Directors Association.

The bill can exceed $10,000 when added to it are vaults, limousines, obituaries, flowers and other burial costs.
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