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More Alleged Victims of Funeral Home Stepping Forward

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Kansas City MO
December 23, 2010

A metro funeral home that is already in trouble with state regulators is facing new accusations from another family that has stepped forward to say the ashes they were given were not those of their loved one.

Earlier this week, the Missouri Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors revoked the license of Marts Memorial Funeral Home in Westport and owner Ronald Marts' personal funeral directors license effective at the end of the year. The move came after a Blue Springs man, Hadley Cutburth, said that the funeral home provided an urn with ashes inside for her funeral, but when Cutburth called the funeral home later to ask about his wife's death certificate, a secretary told him that she had his wife's ashes on her desk.
Read the full story and see video [3 min 8 sec] at
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 December 2010 12:52 )

District Attorney: Funeral processions should be banned

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The Monitor
McAllen (Rio Grande Valley), Texas
December 23, 2010

McALLEN -- Hidalgo County should ban funeral processions, county District Attorney Rene Guerra said Thursday.

A fatal crash during a funeral procession Wednesday has led to questions about the safety of the motorcades, where law enforcement officers guide traffic by blocking intersections. A Hidalgo County Precinct 2 constable’s deputy hit and killed an Alamo woman Wednesday when the deputy’s cruiser "t-boned" the vehicle she was traveling in.
Read the full article in The (McAllen) Monitor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 December 2010 12:18 )

Leon’s Home Funeral

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The Good Funeral Guide (UK)
Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Leon’s Home Funeral

Penny Rhodes of A Natural Undertaking, "a collaborative partnership that teaches families how to be in attendance at the passing of a loved one, and the time afterwards, in the setting of one’s own home," has just posted this slideshow account of her father’s home funeral.

Penny says of her father: "He always was a showman, and loved being on stage, and I think he would be happy to know that he is STILL on stage, and making a difference!"
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 December 2010 09:50 ) Read more...

Not your typical Christmas wish list: Missouri legislation

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Death Care Law Blog
December 23, 2010

Triggered by the NPS collapse, preneed reform rolled out of the Missouri legislature like a tsunami. When the funeral industry was slow to organize and respond to the situation, legislators worked with state officials to imposed sweeping changes.
Read the full article at Death Care Law Blog
Last Updated ( Saturday, 25 December 2010 13:21 )

Deaths spike on Christmas, New Year's, study finds

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December 21, 2010

A new U.S. analysis of mortality rates during different times of year found that people are more likely to die during the holidays -- notably on Christmas and New Year's Day -- and researchers cannot explain the yearly spike.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 December 2010 13:21 ) Read more...

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