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The Stewart Houston Times
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 December 2010 14:38 )
December 14, 2010
The civil suit was filed in Houston County Chancery Court on behalf of former Erin residents William and Sandra Covey, whose 26-year-old daughter, Wendy, died when the family home on Main Street was destroyed by fire on Jan. 26, 2002. According to court filings by Attorney for the Plaintiffs Vincent Zuccaro of Franklin, the Coveys always suspected foul play was involved in their daughter's death, even though an autopsy conducted the day after the fire by the office of the Tennessee State Medical Examiner in Nashville found no such evidence. It took the Coveys eight years to gather enough money to have their daughter's body exhumed from the Gray-Barnes Cemetery in Tennessee Ridge and to have a second, independent autopsy performed by Forensic Services LLC and Dr. E. Allen Griggs in Clarksville.
The New York Times
Last Updated ( Monday, 13 December 2010 14:50 )
December 12, 2010
The volunteers are taught to begin at the head, washing the face before proceeding to the neck and right shoulder. The right side is to be washed before the left side, the front before the back. There are prayers to say. Small talk is forbidden.
The Jewish protocol for tending to the dead governs almost every interaction between the living and the deceased from the moment of death until burial. The ritual, which has been part of religious law for two millenniums, mandates the protection of the physical and spiritual remains.
The Washington Post
Last Updated ( Sunday, 12 December 2010 13:22 )
Monday, November 22, 2010
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking to revise the protocol surrounding two of life's touchiest subjects: debt and death.
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Debt collection has become an increasingly controversial practice as more Americans default on loan payments. Government data show the charge-off rate on consumer loans spiked to 6.71 percent during the second quarter - the highest level in at least 25 years. (Five years ago, the charge-off rate - loans written off by their lenders as uncollectable - was 2.4 percent.) Meanwhile, debt collection ranked second on the FTC's list of most common consumer complaints last year after not even cracking the top 20 two years ago.
The Dallas Morning News
Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 December 2010 11:16 )
Thursday, December 9, 2010
It was at the funeral home, when she embraced her dead daughter, that Maria Guadalupe Soto noticed the difference.
"She was too light," Soto recalled.
It wasn't the imagination of a grieving mother. Medical records show that Sonia Soto's body weighed 157 pounds at the start of a hospital autopsy and only 100 pounds when it reached the funeral parlor.
December 8, 2010
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 December 2010 17:07 )
Survey of Funeral Choices
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New Funeralwise.com Survey Shows Contrasting Funeral Choices
People Prefer Either a "Celebration of Life" or No Funeral At All
Chicago, IL - The new survey conducted by Funeralwise.com revealed an important finding for the funeral industry - almost half of those surveyed would like a "celebration of life" ceremony versus only 11% that prefer a traditional funeral. Also, a startling fact came to light - over 30% do not want a funeral.
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