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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...

The Public Outcry for Funeral Reform (A History)

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December 20, 2010

Diverging from the mythical story line which held the American way to be the most advanced, [Reverend Quincy L.] Dowd implies in the book "Funeral Management and Costs: A World Survey of Burial and Cremation" published in 1921] that America’s practices are actually backward and in desperate need of rehabbing. When he talks about the economics of death, and especially the burden placed on the middle and lower classes by the high cost of funerals, he raises questions about the wisdom of how people actually want to dispose of their dead.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 December 2010 07:37 ) Read more...

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