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Preneed irresponsibly sold to disabled person

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The flier that arrived in Carol Rognstad's mailbox sounded like a great deal. For only $38 a month, she could prepay for her future cremation.

The 48-year-old, who is mentally disabled, prides herself on doing things on her own. So she called the number listed and set up an appointment.
Last Updated ( Friday, 22 October 2010 19:39 ) Read more...
 

Grave curiosities

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17 Dirty Details on Death
The tradition of playing load, raucous music at an Irish wake originated with the belief that it would ward off evil spirits; the wake also presented an opportunity to watch over the "deceased" to see if they would "awaken."
This is just one of the interesting tidbits collected by iMortuary.com.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 October 2010 07:44 )
 

Supreme Court Considers Constitutionality of Military Funeral Protests

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The court is set to decide whether members of a fundamentalist church in Kansas who picketed Matthew [Snyder]'s funeral with signs bearing anti-gay and anti-Catholic invective have a constitutional right to say what they want.

Or, in intruding on a private citizen's funeral in a hurtful way, have the protesters crossed a line and given [Al] Snyder the right to collect millions of dollars for the emotional pain they caused?

The justices will hear arguments in the case next Wednesday [10/06/2010].

The Huffington Post (09/30/2010) has the full story.

Last Updated ( Friday, 26 August 2011 11:50 )
 

Congress passes bill allowing parents to be buried with fallen soldiers

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A bill allowing parents of fallen soldiers to be buried with their children in any of the 131 national veterans' cemeteries was passed this week by both houses of Congress, US Senator John F. Kerry’s office said today.

The Corey Shea Act, named for a 21-year-old Army specialist who was killed in Iraq in 2008, was sponsored by Kerry in the Senate and US Representative Barney Frank in the House.

Read about this bill in the Boston Globe (09/30/2010).

Last Updated ( Friday, 26 August 2011 11:50 )
 

FCA of Greater Kansas City Fall 2010 Newsletter Issued

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The Funeral Consumers Alliance of Greater Kansas City comes close to setting the standard for affiliate newsletters, and they have issued another great one for Fall 2010.


Topics include:

• Long path from son’s death Leads to casket-building project
• After so many calls, she knows most answers
• First, a deathly frame of mind helps at home funeral workshop
• Highlights and lowlights of FCA advocacy
• The paperwork of death
• Who pays for funerals when they die broke?
• The intimacies of preparing her body

Be the first on your block to read the FCA-GKC Fall 2010 newsletter.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 21 August 2011 14:59 )
 


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