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Upright eco burial at vertical cemetery

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Herald Sun
Melbourne, Australia
October 05, 2010
Half the cost of a normal burial
No grave markers just a GPS coordinate

Allan Heywood lost his battle with cancer last Tuesday and was buried in the unusual, space-saving grave in the new vertical cemetery outside Camperdown in western Victoria....

Mr Heywood's decision to have a vertical burial was not just based on lower costs and environmental efficiency, but his belief that elaborate funerals were for the living.
Read full story in the Herald Sun.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 October 2010 07:40 )

NFDA Releases Results of 2010 General Price List Survey

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National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)
For Immediate Release: October 6, 2010

Brookfield, Wis. -- The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) released the results of its 2010 member General Price List (GPL) survey today. The report provides a comprehensive picture of the diversity of costs associated with a funeral, providing data that breaks down services by geographic region, size of firm and size of city/town.
Read the full NFDA News Release.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 October 2010 07:41 )

$8 fake skeleton turns out to be $3,000 real thing

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MyFox Tampa Bay
October 8, 2010

TAMPA - A Hillsborough County man thought he was buying a Halloween decoration when he spent $8 for a box of bones at a yard sale in Brandon. But when he and his wife got the box home, they realized it was an actual human skeleton.
Read the full story and watch video on MyFox Tampa Bay.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 October 2010 07:42 )

Commentary: What role for emotion? US Supreme Court (Snyder v. Phelps)

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When the Supreme Court meets in private Friday to discuss Snyder v. Phelps, a profound question will hang over the discussion: Should we -- and can we -- set aside our emotional reaction?

If the answer, implicit or otherwise, is no, the Justices may then proceed to craft a way to write into the First Amendment a  "funeral exception" to the right to speak out in public in outrageous and hurtful ways.
Last Updated ( Friday, 22 October 2010 19:37 ) Read more...

Human remains dumped in desert

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BISBEE [Arizona] - The owner of Memory Gardens Cemetery says he did nothing wrong disposing of human remains that were used for medical research.... A resident called police after finding the piles of bones out in the open on cemetery property.
There won't be any charges in this case because there is no state law to prevent this type of activity.

Read the full story and watch video report at KVOA [Tucson AZ].
Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 October 2010 19:04 )

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