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Costs, convenience, wishes of deceased affect funeral decisions

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Dayton (Ohio) Daily News
Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Consumers typically spend more on funerals than any other one-time purchase except a home or vehicle.

The average cost of an adult funeral in 2009 was $6,560, a 17.5 percent increase from 2004, according to the National Funeral Directors Association.

The bill can exceed $10,000 when added to it are vaults, limousines, obituaries, flowers and other burial costs.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 January 2011 10:55 ) Read more...

Green Burial Online Planning Tool

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The Family Plot Blog
January 3, 2011

Here’s some news on funeral planning for those who plan to go green with their burials.

The Green Burial Council (GBC) announced it has launched the first online planning tool designed to allow families to identify and work more closely with funeral service providers offering eco-friendly options.
Last Updated ( Monday, 03 January 2011 11:56 ) Read more...

The Caregiver’s Bookshelf: As the Goodbye Grows Longer

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The New York Times
January 3, 2011

Forty years ago, when Elisabeth Kübler-Ross published her landmark book "On Death and Dying," losing a family member was typically a swifter and more sudden event. Often people literally dropped dead with heart attacks. Today’s families usually confront a different reality.

The psychologists Barbara Okun and Joseph Nowinski, authors of the new book "Saying Goodbye: How Families Can Find Renewal Through Loss," call this experience "the new grief," a consequence of the way contemporary medicine can keep people with serious illnesses alive for extended periods.
Read the full article in The New York Times
Last Updated ( Monday, 03 January 2011 11:40 )

Houston museum offers a lively look at death

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The Dallas Morning News
Saturday, January 1, 2011

HOUSTON -- Cheerful wooden figures, loosely based on animals, a vegetable and some sea creatures, greet the eye. Each sweet, hand-carved figure, painted in pastels, stands larger than a person. Why so big?

The Rock Falls (Illinois) hearse, built in 1880, required two horses. The coach lamps and interior drapery and felt are all original.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 02 January 2011 13:19 ) Read more...

Report: Local South Carolina Funeral Homes Not Complying with Federal Laws

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Free Times
Columbia SC
Dec 29, 2010

About 30 percent of Midlands funeral homes are not complying with federal laws that require them to accurately disclose the prices for their services.

So says a recent report by the Funeral Consumers Alliance of South Carolina, a volunteer advocacy board that gathers comparative funeral price data and other information.
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Read the price list
Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 December 2010 14:32 )

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