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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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The Ten Companies That Control The Death Industry

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24/7 Wall St
January 13, 2011

Death in America is a $15 billion a year industry. That includes funeral homes, crematoriums, and cemeteries, but excludes related costs such as headstones and crypts. It is expensive to die in the United States. The average cost of a funeral is $7,323, according to The National Funeral Directors Association. The addition of flowers and a burial plot raises that number closer to $9,000. Almost 2.5 million people died in the United States in 2008, and 1.8 million of these bodies were placed into coffins that were sold.
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