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Green Burial Online Planning Tool

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The Family Plot Blog
January 3, 2011

Here’s some news on funeral planning for those who plan to go green with their burials.

The Green Burial Council (GBC) announced it has launched the first online planning tool designed to allow families to identify and work more closely with funeral service providers offering eco-friendly options.
Last Updated ( Monday, 03 January 2011 11:56 ) Read more...

The Caregiver’s Bookshelf: As the Goodbye Grows Longer

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The New York Times
January 3, 2011

Forty years ago, when Elisabeth Kübler-Ross published her landmark book "On Death and Dying," losing a family member was typically a swifter and more sudden event. Often people literally dropped dead with heart attacks. Today’s families usually confront a different reality.

The psychologists Barbara Okun and Joseph Nowinski, authors of the new book "Saying Goodbye: How Families Can Find Renewal Through Loss," call this experience "the new grief," a consequence of the way contemporary medicine can keep people with serious illnesses alive for extended periods.
Read the full article in The New York Times
Last Updated ( Monday, 03 January 2011 11:40 )

Houston museum offers a lively look at death

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The Dallas Morning News
Saturday, January 1, 2011

HOUSTON -- Cheerful wooden figures, loosely based on animals, a vegetable and some sea creatures, greet the eye. Each sweet, hand-carved figure, painted in pastels, stands larger than a person. Why so big?

The Rock Falls (Illinois) hearse, built in 1880, required two horses. The coach lamps and interior drapery and felt are all original.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 02 January 2011 13:19 ) Read more...

Report: Local South Carolina Funeral Homes Not Complying with Federal Laws

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Free Times
Columbia SC
Dec 29, 2010

About 30 percent of Midlands funeral homes are not complying with federal laws that require them to accurately disclose the prices for their services.

So says a recent report by the Funeral Consumers Alliance of South Carolina, a volunteer advocacy board that gathers comparative funeral price data and other information.
Read full article in the Free Times

Read the price list
Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 December 2010 14:32 )

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.
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 December 2010 12:52 )

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