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"Rest in place" : the new R.I.P.

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The Columbus Dispatch
Sunday August 19, 2012

A growing number of people are forgoing funeral homes and opting for do-it-yourself home funerals for their dearly departed relatives.

For the do-it-yourself crowd, add funerals to the list.

A small but growing number of people across the country are forgoing funeral homes and are caring for their deceased relatives on their own. Advocates say it can be therapeutic and provide better closure for families.

It also costs considerably less than traditional funeral arrangements.

Read the full article in The Columbus Dispatch

Thanks to the HVCC Mortuary Science Alumni & Student Assoc for alerting us to this article.


Taboo or not taboo?

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The Good Funeral Guide Blog
September 3, 2012

Posted by Michael Jarvis, onetime Manager of the Natural Death Centre (UK)

For very many people in the UK ‘death’ is a subject left unmentioned. If you are reading this then you are part of a minority. A minority, furthermore, who would generally like to see more public openness regarding dying, death and funerals. We know the benefits: peace of mind from discussing one’s individual wishes, removing an unnecessary burden of decision-making from the bereaved, possible financial advantages from advance planning, and so on.

Death seems to be a taboo subject for many, but does the general reticence to mention death, let alone discuss it, make it so?

Read the full article at The Good Funeral Guide Blog


My Passion: Consumers need to know about the cost of funerals

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Salem OR
Aug 27, 2012

Ken McGhehey of McMinnville is semi-retired from the funeral industry.

Recently I conducted a survey of six area funeral homes. The survey resulted from my desire to see consumers become better educated about funeral costs.

I spent 40 years in the industry, and I know from experience that investigating and planning for funerals usually is put off until the need is unavoidable.

After a death has occurred, the next step is often to call a funeral home. Sometimes it is a business recommended by a friend; sometimes it is whatever name we remember or whatever advertisement we see in the phone book.

But the public has options, and it’s wise to look into them ahead of time.

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


Being Hung out to Dry : The Pennsylvania Board of Funeral Directors

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Death Care Law Blog
Posted on August 26  2012

Federal Judge John Jones III has teed off (again) on the Pennsylvania Board of Funeral Directors. Awarding attorneys fees of more than a million dollars and issuing a permanent injunction against the State Board  Judge Jones rebuked Board members for their failure to show initiative towards a legislative fix to a Truman era problem.

And  the situation for the State Board is about to get worse. Judge Jones will also preside over Rabbi Wasserman’s lawsuit against the State Board.

Read the full article at Death Care Law Blog


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Funeral frustration

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Gainesville FL
August 23, 2012

Ninety-four years-old and still lively, Marjorie Berger made decisions now so her funeral arrangements could be put to rest for her family.

"Because I didn't want to leave them a bunch of trouble," Marjorie says. "I wanted to know it would be paid for, and the kids wouldn't have any problems."

However, Marjorie wound up with a problem anyway. She spent $9,000 dollars on a funeral package from Lohman Funeral Home in Ormond Beach, including a vault at Volusia Memorial Park.

Days later, Marjorie remembered she had already bought a vault directly from the same Volusia cemetery 35 years ago, in 1977. "I had put the papers away I had kept from my first husband," Marjorie explains. "And there it was in black and white that I had bought and paid for the vault."

Marjorie's daughter Marcie was excited to hear that news, "And I said, 'well great! Did you call Lohman's?' She said, 'Yes, but they're not going to do anything.'" Marcie recalls, "because they claim it was after 30 days after she signed the contract."

Read the full article and see video (3:39) at WOGX-FOX 51

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


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