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Good Grief!

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Obit Magazine
January 10, 2011
It’s fitting that Ruth Davis Konigsberg’s The Truth About Grief: The Myth of Its Five Stages and the New Science of Loss (Simon & Schuster) -- a tart, well-researched take-down of the bereavement industry Elizabeth Kubler-Ross spawned - takes place when "narcissistic personality disorder" has been eliminated from that psychiatric staple, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Given the sorry state of the world - the lousy economy, the violence at home and two wars abroad, and the surprising popularity of Taylor Swift - it seems like it’s time (OK, well past time) to get real.

Buyer Beware: Costs of Cremation

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KSAZ Fox 10 Phoenix
Wednesday, 15 Dec 2010

SUN CITY - Cremations are becoming more popular because they cost quite a bit less than a traditional funeral. But that doesn't mean you should make that kind of decision without doing some investigating.

It's a time most of us never think about, or we put it off to later because we believe we have plenty of time.

When a loved one passes away, when you should be grieving, you wind up having to make decisions with huge financial implications.
Read the full article and see video at KSAZ Fox 10 Phoenix

Donate Your Brain, Save a Buck

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Scientific American
January 4, 2011

Hard times are making tissue donation more appealing

The Great Recession changed the way many people live - and its repercussions appear to be altering how some people choose to die.

At least two prominent tissue banks have seen an increase in the number of individuals who are interested in donating their bodies to research in exchange for a break in funeral costs.
Read the full article at Scientific American

Missouri's Trust Funded Report: perserving self regulation

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Death Care Law Blog
January 15, 2011

The ‘deadline’ for Missouri preneed sellers to ‘voluntarily’ report their pre-SB1 trust funded sales is a mere two weeks away. Again, this is a voluntary report. As such, missing the ‘deadline’ or failing to use the Board’s form carries no penalty to the preneed seller. So, why file? ..... The voluntary trust report is the opportunity for those sellers to put their money where their mouth is. Granted, the financial examinations proposed by the Division are far more intrusive than what had been discussed. But, the failure to back up the talk to the legislature will ring hollow in the face of the Board’s initial efforts to back up the industry’s representations.
Read the full article at Death Care Law Blog

Funeral industry enters cyberspace: live online chats

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Toronto Star
Ontario, Canada
Wed Jan 12 2011

Ever had a question about caskets or cremation but were afraid to ask?

Walking into a funeral home to plan a loved one’s service can be a traumatic experience for grieving relatives.

A new offering from a Mississauga (Ontario)-based online discount funeral company aims to make the experience easier to handle. recently began offering live online chats with funeral directors. The free service is available seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is staffed by 2-5 funeral directors at any given time.
Read the full article in the Toronto Star


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