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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...

With Poem, Broaching the Topic of Death

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New York Times
January 24, 2011

In Navajo culture, talking about death is thought to bring it about, so it is not discussed. Now health workers are trying to find a comfortable way to begin the conversation.....

The vehicle was a poem: "When that time comes, when my last breath leaves me, I choose to die in peace to meet Shi' dy' in" -- the creator. Written in both Navajo and English, it serves to open a discussion about living wills and advance directives.
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Life Cycle: part two

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Graceful Journey
January 22, 2011
Death. The word is fearsome, final ... fatal. Sometimes death lingers at the doorstep and at other times it comes with no warning. When is good time to die? We could debate the question, but apart from living a healthy lifestyle, buckling our seatbelts, and hopefully wearing good genes, we have little say in the matter.

What is not debatable is that each one of us will face our own death and have probably already experienced the loss of someone dearly loved. Until relatively recently, our culture reacted to death differently - as do most other cultures today.
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