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Starting a conversation as elderly loved ones age

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NBC Nightly News
Aired on December 12, 2012

It is difficult for families to talk about death and dying, but by proactively resolving complicated end-of-life issues it’s possible to stave off future financial worries and stress.

NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports.

See the video (2:45) at NBC Nightly News


"Dying has never particularly scared me" (VIDEO 2:39)

In the end, making hard decisions about dying brings personal, financial benefits. (TEXT & VIDEO 4:08)

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 December 2012 21:01 )

Cutting the high cost of end-of-life care

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Money Magazine
December 12, 2012


You've gotten the phone call no one wants to receive: A close family member has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, or one battling a terminal condition has begun to fail. And so begins a medical saga that could last weeks, months, or years, during which you will face some of the most difficult choices you'll ever make.

People do not like to talk about death -- to prepare for its inevitability when they're healthy or to acknowledge its proximity when a family member is terminally ill.

Read the full article at CNNMoney


The high cost of saying goodbye


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 December 2012 14:57 )

Prejudiced Against Embalming?

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Mortuary Management
December 11, 2012

For many years I have expressed a belief to my mortuary personnel, others and in articles written for our international audience: “Embalming is our best-known method of presenting a deceased person in state well through the memorial event.”

When colleges with funeral service programs educate students that embalming is performed to protect public health — and are tested accordingly — graduates believe it to be true. Unfortunately, rules often are influenced by self-serving practitioners of death care and made into law by bureaucratic legislators.

Read the full article at Mortuary Management


TEXAS : Green burials planned for state parks

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Austin TX
27 Nov 2012

Texas moving toward pilot project for the dead

Coffins and tombstones are not for everyone. Just ask the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department [TPWD]. It is now working toward a pilot project to bury the dead in state parks.

"I have never liked the idea of being pumped full of formaldehyde and stuffed in a plastic box,” said Ted Hollingsworth, director of land conservation at TPWD. “I never have, so I could see being a participant at some point."

Hollingsworth said the agency began a trial agreement with the Green Burial Council in 2009 to become the first state government in the nation to be involved in such a partnership. That agreement has since expired, but the two groups remain in talks for the future.

Read the full article and see video (2:15) at KXAN News


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