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A Full Measure of Devotion

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Obit Magazine
May 12, 2009

Would you, could you, say goodbye to a deceased family member by washing the body, laying it on a bed of dry ice - perhaps, like in old-timey Westerns, on the kitchen table right where the breakfast dishes were - gather the proper burial documents and dig a suitable hole?

More and more baby boomers in the United States are asking themselves that question lately, say members of the do-it-yourself (DIY) home funeral movement, which began about two decades ago.
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More couples finding out funeral home facilities can make great wedding chapels

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Indianapolis Star
Jan 10, 2011

Paulita and Tony Flores took their vows in an elegant rotunda with marble floors amid glimmering chandeliers and a bubbling fountain.

It didn't bother them that a room down the hall showcased caskets and urns. Or that the building was surrounded by a cemetery with 100,000 gravestones on 60 acres. Or that on other days, the facility hosts something a lot more somber -- funerals.
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New online death certificate system takes toll on efficiency, adds to grief

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Indianapolis Star
Jan 9, 2011
The first shock was her father's death the day before New Year's Eve. But Sonia Ardeel was even more surprised to discover how difficult getting a death certificate -- necessary to grant her father's wish to be cremated -- would be.

A new system that transformed the death certificate from a paper document to an electronic record lies behind the nightmare that Ardeel, 40, and her family have experienced. The system, which went into effect Jan. 1, requires funeral homes and doctors to sign up for a four-digit PIN to enter a record.
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FTC Law on Funeral Planning Simplifies Shopping

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Funeral Industry News
It doesn't matter how much you spend, it doesn't make a person any less dead. It doesn't mean you love them any more or less, and it isn't going to bring them back. Funerals should be treated like any other consumer transaction by comparing costs and services. Charges at different funeral homes in the same metropolitan area can vary by thousands of dollars, so it pays to shop around.
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Funeral home fraud (Michigan)

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Fox Toledo News 10
Dec 30, 2010

Brad Prochnow of Monroe, Mich., is facing 14 felony counts after allegedly stealing more than $65,000 from people who were trying to pre-pay for their funerals.

When Darrell Bennett sold his funeral home to Prochnow, he was excited for the future. His life-long business in the hands of someone he trusted, and he could finally retire to Florida.

Turns out, though, the funeral director was dead wrong.
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Former funeral director Brad Prochnow charged with defrauding customers (MonroeNews.com)
Last Updated ( Saturday, 08 January 2011 11:30 )
 


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