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The Public Outcry for Funeral Reform Part II

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January 5, 2011

In "Funeral Costs: What They Average; Are They Too High? Can They Be Reduced?", a 1928 report for Metropolitan Life, John Gebhart, like Quincy Dowd, analyzed the competition between undertakers ..... Gebhart came to the following conclusions: that competition in the funeral business was not on the basis of price, that instead it was for "the possession of bodies;" that once the undertaker had possession of the body he could charge as much as possible .....
Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 January 2011 12:08 ) Read more...

Cyberspace When You’re Dead

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The New York Times
January 9, 2011

The Internet promises a kind of immortality. What if your last tweet is the one that defines you for all time?

Suppose that just after you finish reading this article, you keel over, dead. Perhaps you’re ready for such an eventuality, in that you have prepared a will or made some sort of arrangement for the fate of the worldly goods you leave behind: financial assets, personal effects, belongings likely to have sentimental value to others and artifacts of your life like photographs, journals, letters. Even if you haven’t made such arrangements, all of this will get sorted one way or another, maybe in line with what you would have wanted, and maybe not.
Read the full article in The New York Times

City of Toledo mulls cremating dead indigents

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The Toledo (Ohio) Blade
January 04, 2011

Forest Cemetery running low on plots; action would cut costs

With some of Toledo's city-owned cemeteries filling up and its finances quickly dwindling, the Bell administration Tuesday plans to propose cremating dead indigent people rather than burying their bodies.
Read the full article in The Toledo Blade

Costs, convenience, wishes of deceased affect funeral decisions

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Dayton (Ohio) Daily News
Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Consumers typically spend more on funerals than any other one-time purchase except a home or vehicle.

The average cost of an adult funeral in 2009 was $6,560, a 17.5 percent increase from 2004, according to the National Funeral Directors Association.

The bill can exceed $10,000 when added to it are vaults, limousines, obituaries, flowers and other burial costs.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 January 2011 10:55 ) Read more...

Green Burial Online Planning Tool

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The Family Plot Blog
January 3, 2011

Here’s some news on funeral planning for those who plan to go green with their burials.

The Green Burial Council (GBC) announced it has launched the first online planning tool designed to allow families to identify and work more closely with funeral service providers offering eco-friendly options.
Last Updated ( Monday, 03 January 2011 11:56 ) Read more...

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