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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 )
 

Don't Plan to Die? "A Good Goodbye" is a Must-Read!

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Just as talking about sex won’t make you pregnant, talking about funerals won’t make you dead - and your family will benefit from the conversation.

People will plan their finances, their families, their retirement, just about everything except their funerals. Without end-of-life planning, life’s other plans can come undone, and the forthcoming book, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die (Light Tree Press), will help get the conversation started.

Read the complete story.

Last Updated ( Friday, 26 August 2011 11:52 )
 

Funeral bigwig recuses self on burial inquiry

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HERE WE GO AGAIN.....

The chairwoman of the [Massachusetts] Board of Registration of Funeral Directors and Embalmers recused herself at a board meeting yesterday from the investigation into the alleged mix-up of two dead bodies by a Brookline funeral home.

Kim L. Perry said she is a New England manager for Houston-based Service Corporation International, which owns Stanetsky Memorial Chapel in Brookline. Perry has been on the board since 2005. Her five-year term expires next month.

The Boston Herald has the full story.

Last Updated ( Friday, 26 August 2011 11:52 )
 


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