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Houston Chronicle: Houston megacompany can't shake cemetery woes

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"One of the great successes of Service Corporation International: Many of its customers have never heard of it."

Funeral and Cemetery conglomerate, Service Corporation International, continues to be steeped in controversy, but the fines they pay to settle disputes do little to touch their billions. The Houston Chronicle has the story here.


NPR: As Planned, Right-To-Die Advocate Brittany Maynard Ends Her Life

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On Saturday November 3, Brittany Maynard, who recently brought the right-to-die debate back into the forefront, carried out plans to end her own life. The 29 year old had been diagnosed with an incurable brain tumor. She died at home in Oregon. Read more at NPR.


The Atlantic: How to Be Eco-Friendly When You're Dead

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"Going green" is gaining popularity in many aspects of our lives, including death. But what options offered to us truly have the smallest impact on the environment?

"(Cemeteries) are kind of like landfills for dead bodies,” says philosophy professor, Phil Olson, a board member of the FCA of the Virginia Blue Ridge

Read more at the Atlantic.


No vacancy in Mexico City cemeteries

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In Mexico City, cemeteries are predicted to be at capacity in less than three years, with no more public space available, leading to a variety of issues. Read more at Fox News.


Go out with a bang!

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One of the latest of seemingly endless options to emerge in creative ways to honor the dead is having one's cremains mixed with fireworks for an explosive salute. While not everyone desires such a showy send-off, it's a great reminder to think outside of the box if you're interested in planning a unique memorial. 

KY3 News reports. 


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