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Couple looks to operate funeral pyre in Elephant Head (AZ)

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Green Valley News and Sun
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

An Elephant Head couple have built a funeral pyre on their property so that families can bid farewell to loved ones during an outdoor cremation in a scenic rural setting.

But Tina and Billy Hurley’s pyre, which resembles a block fireplace, faces an uphill battle before the first ceremony ever takes place.

The pyre on their five-acre property at the end of a road is surrounded by benches in a rustic amphitheater facing the Santa Rita Mountains. Tina Hurley said she recently hosted an open house for about 50 neighbors, an event that included a test-burning of an effigy in the pyre.

Some at the open house weren’t sure what to think, she said, while others wept and said they found the event “so beautiful, so moving.”

Read the full article in the Green Valley News and Sun

Thanks to The Good Funeral Guide Blog for alerting us to this article.


Suit alleges chemical used to embalm caused mortician's cancer

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

A lawsuit by a New Jersey mortician stricken with leukemia is casting a spotlight on embalming, a standard practice in the funeral industry.

William Moore, 38, of Secaucus claims his illness was caused by exposure to formaldehyde, an ingredient in embalming fluid. He is suing his workplace and several manufacturers of embalming chemicals.

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Last Updated ( Monday, 26 November 2012 12:10 )

Spaniards Scrimp on Funerals Amid Austerity

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The New York Times
Published: November 22, 2012

Europe’s grinding economic crisis has left hard-hit Spaniards scrimping on death. They are defaulting on cemetery plots — and thousands face being evicted from them. They are opting for inexpensive funerals, or financing them in monthly installments. Pricey extras like grief therapy, organists to play “Ave Maria” or elaborate floral arrangements are being pruned.

But while austerity tears at the funeral industry — and some say the social fabric of the country — it has been a boon for science. Donating a body has become such a popular alternative to the cost of a funeral that some medical schools complain they do not have enough refrigerators to store all of them.

Read the full article at The New York Times

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The Purpose and Value of Home Funerals

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18 October 2012

The difference between home and “traditional” funerals is subtle yet significant. When families choose to stay present to care for their loved ones in death they come to understand in a real and meaningful way that the physical relationship they had with the person who died is ending. While this can be a painful transition, it offers grieving people an opportunity for adaptation which is difficult to grasp when post death care is handled entirely by professionals. Participation is transformative. Those who stay involved seem to have an easier time locating the continuing bond they still share with the one who has died, and utilize those aspects of the relationship which survive death to move forward in their own lives....

Above all, home funerals bring dying and post death care back to the intimate setting of home. Families who choose to care for their own are usually those who accept that death is a normal and natural part of life that does not necessitate professional intervention. The intimacy of providing post death care for loved ones (as has been done throughout history) is a final act of love which can be surprisingly life affirming.

Read the full article at ehospice

Thanks to The Good Funeral Guide Blog for alerting us to this article.

Last Updated ( Friday, 23 November 2012 08:54 )

Burial Practices & Science: What Does The Future Of Death Hold?

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Posted: 11/12/201

Talk Nerdy to Me Blog

You know they say nothing's certain in life, except death and taxes. Well, I have no interest in helping you with your taxes, but have you ever thought about what happens to our bodies when we die? Why do we bury them six feet under, or cremate them and release their ashes? And are these things good for a planet with seven billion living people and an estimated 100 billion that are dead and gone?

While some (okay, most) may seem bizarre, many alternative burial practices on the horizon aim to be safer for our planet. Check out the video above to learn more, and don't forget to leave a comment at the bottom of the page. Come on, talk nerdy to me!

Read the full article and see video (3:51) at

Thanks to the DeathCare Discussion List for alerting us to this article & video.


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