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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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Last Updated ( Saturday, 08 January 2011 11:30 )

Going green underground: You CAN take it with you when it comes to environmental values

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Los Altos (CA) Town Crier
Tuesday, 04 January 2011

Lowering your carbon footprint - it’s all about switching from regular bulbs to CFLs, recycling garbage and buying produce from local farmers. It’s the least we can do while we’re here to sustain a future for generations to come.

Lowering your final footprint? It’s all about the options available to the environmentally conscious - a way to stay green even after you die, a way to help push up the daisies, so to speak - a way to return as dust to the earth with minimal harm to the Earth.
Last Updated ( Saturday, 08 January 2011 10:30 ) Read more...

Art Intended to Make the End of Life Beautiful

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The New York Times
December 31, 2010

For most of his mother’s life, Tobi Kahn would make a present on each of her birthdays. The gifts began during his childhood as hand-drawn cards, more tender than precocious. As he grew into a formally trained and then a critically acclaimed artist, he made her a pocketbook one year, a desk set another, photographs worthy of museum exhibition.

Then, in the early summer of 2004, Ellen Schapiro Kahn lay in Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, dying at 75 of pancreatic cancer that had been diagnosed barely a month before. It was uncertain she would survive even long enough to be moved into a hospice near her home.

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.
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