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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 )

How do I explain death to children?

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Lifetimes: The  beautiful way to explain death to children

While written primarily for Baby-Preschool reading level, this excellent illustrated book has important concepts for adults.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 October 2010 14:46 ) Read more...

Buried in a Shoe? Ghana's Custom Coffins Celebrate Lives of the Dead

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AOL News
Oct 26, 2010

Ghana's Custom Coffins

A coffin might be your most lasting purchase -- so shouldn't it make a lasting impression?

Craftsmen in the African nation of Ghana have gained international acclaim for their flashy, custom-built coffins, which are individually designed to resemble an object with special meaning to the person who died.
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 October 2010 08:39 )

Missouri's Show Me Procedures || Preneed

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Death Care Compliance Law
October 26, 2010

Missouri's Show Me Procedures

The Missouri State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors has released its proposed preneed examination procedures. The release comes just 24 hours before the Board’s October 27th meeting, and so few funeral directors will be prepared to ask questions.
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 October 2010 20:48 )

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