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Funeral pyres an option in Colorado mountain town

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The Washington Post
Monday, January 31, 2011

CRESTONE, Colo. -- Belinda Ellis' farewell went as she wanted. One by one, her family placed juniper boughs and logs about her body, covered in red cloth atop a rectangular steel grate inside a brick-lined hearth. With a torch, her husband lit the fire that consumed her, sending billows of smoke into the blue-gray sky of dawn.

When the smoke subsided, a triangle-shaped flame flickered inside the circle of mourners, heavily-dressed and huddling against zero-degree weather.

"Mommy, you mean the world to me and it's hard to live without you," called out Ellis' weeping daughter, Brandi, 18. "It's hard to breathe, it's hard to see and it's hard to think about anything but you."
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Last Updated ( Monday, 31 January 2011 21:26 )
 

Funeral Buying Class - Resource Center

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FUNERAL BUYING - $ OR $$$$$

Emeritus Plus 50 Program
Richland College (Dallas Community College District)
Dallas TX

Once each fall and spring semester, members of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of North Texas [Dallas/Fort Worth] present a 4 hour non-credit class in the basics of funeral shopping and consumer protection.

An online resource center has been established for the benefit of class members. Others interested in becoming informed funeral consumers are welcome to use it.
Start using this valuable tool at Funeral Buying Class - Resource Center
Last Updated ( Monday, 31 January 2011 21:06 )
 

Cremation: Rising Trend Brings Rising Questions on Pricing

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The Business of Death
A Revealing Look From Beneath The Veil of Secrecy
Friday, January 28, 2011

The popularity of cremation has, for many years, been on the rise. These days, this option has become more popular than ever.

For consumers, cremation has provided a great number of benefits. With families scattered around the country and even the world, the option allows time. For those choosing a memorial service, one can be scheduled at any time. It is not uncommon for families to wait months before holding a service. Also, cremated remains may be shipped or taken anywhere, providing even more options. One other consideration, for many consumers, has been the costs. In most cases, the costs associated with cremation are typically lower than those associated with traditional services. I say in most cases, as the times are changing. Let me explain.
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What To Do When Someone Dies: Online Accounts

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iMortuary Blog
In our modern Internet age, there are multiple places where we interact and communicate online. From standard email accounts and Facebook to Foursquare and Twitter, an individual can juggle as many as several dozen online accounts at one time. And when an unexpected death occurs, this can leave several loose ends that need to be tied up before you can finally say your goodbyes.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 January 2011 13:20 ) Read more...
 

For the Funeral Too Distant, Mourners Gather on the Web

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The New York Times
January 24, 2011
In an age of commemorating birthdays, weddings and anniversaries on Facebook and Twitter, it was perhaps inevitable that live Web-streaming funerals for friends and loved ones would be next.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 January 2011 09:31 ) Read more...
 


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