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Where did our ideas about cemeteries come from?

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Northwest Herald
McHenry County, Illinois
Sunday, October 31, 2010
The origin of the cemetery

The first rural cemetery containing winding roads and landscape was created in 1831 with Mount Auburn Cemetery in Massachusetts. Rural cemeteries like these sparked the public park movement.

Before then, burial grounds on church yards and in vacant lots were used. People weren’t necessarily buried in coffins or deep enough. The ground would freeze and thaw, and bones and parts of skeletons would resurface. burial grounds was a common practice.

By the 1830s, attitudes changed, along with the name. Cemetery meant sleeping chamber, "a domesticated haven, a place where all would be welcomed home."
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 November 2010 19:38 )
 

Ten uses for your body after you die

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CNN
October 28, 2010

(CNN) -- Like many Americans, you probably think you're pretty charitable. Perhaps you donate money to the needy or ill, give away your old clothes, volunteer at your child's school or participate in holiday gift drives in December.

But you may be missing something. As you're charitable in life, you could also be charitable in death. This holiday season -- Halloween -- you could start thinking about a kind of ghoulish donation: your body.
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 November 2010 09:18 )
 

Preneed in Missouri - Who's the Boss?

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Preneed

Death Care Compliance Law
October 31, 2010

That’s the question a member of the Missouri State Board [of Embalmers and Funeral Directors] asked of his staff last Wednesday during a discussion of controversial [preneed] examination procedures. Prior to the NPS fiasco, the answer to that question would have been "the Board is". While SB1 (appropriately) continued to vest preneed supervision in the State Board, the new law also vests concurrent authorities in other state bodies.
Read the full article at DeathCareLaw.com
Last Updated ( Monday, 01 November 2010 11:55 )
 

Jessica Mitford Drops a Bomb

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1963 saw the publication of Jessica Mitford‘s book, The American Way of Death. Her charges of corruption and abuse in the funeral industry were not drowned out, as many funeral directors had hoped, by the unanimity of grief surrounding the ceremonies for President Kennedy later in the year. The book was full of social criticism, wit, satire, and exposure of scandal - enough writing skill to make it a bona fide cultural phenomenon. Long after its appearance, the book continued to incite public denouncements of the industry.
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Last Updated ( Monday, 01 November 2010 11:55 )
 

Louisiana funeral home owner guilty of bank fraud

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KSLA News 12
Shreveport, Louisiana
Oct 29, 2010

A Vivian man pleaded guilty on Friday to bank fraud and admitted to defrauding 65 victims of more than $400,000 in prepaid funeral and burial services.  William James McGuire, 63, owner and operator of McGuire Funeral Home in Vivian (Louisiana) was entered in the plea in the U. S. District Court in Shreveport.
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Last Updated ( Saturday, 30 October 2010 13:29 )
 


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