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Friday Funeral Film: Harold and Maude

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The Family Plot Blog
November 2, 2012

By Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death™

Whenever I mention funeral films, invariably those of the baby boomer generation cite Harold and Maude, a cult classic comedy film from 1971. Ironically, while this movie is remembered for the main characters attending the funerals of people they don’t know (like me with my 30 Funerals in 30 Days Challenge), there are only two funerals depicted during the film. The message of living life to the fullest made Harold and Maude the outstanding story that it is.

Read the full article and see movie video trailer (2:12) at The Family Plot Blog


Dia de los BLOGtos

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Order of the Good Death Blog
November 2, 2012

Dia de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead, for us gringos) is the best holiday of the year.  It has all the food and presents and dressing up that make big American corporate holidays fun– or awful, depending on your point of view– but it’s also the day where the dead are invited to come back and visit the living.

Read the full article at Order of the Good Death Blog


Ashes To Ashes, And Death To Life: Lovelier, Greener Burial Options

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Apartment Therapy
October 30, 2012

There is perhaps no more appropriate time of year to discuss death than right now, on Halloween Eve, and Día de los Muertos Eve Eve. It's not the most fun subject, but thanks to a few new burial options, it's a bit more sustainable and even beautiful…

Scientific American says it well: "Modern western-world burial practices are arguably absurd, all things considered..."

Read the full article at Apartment Therapy

Thanks to ConnectingDirectors for alerting us to this article.


Eco-Afterlife: Green Burial Options (Funeral options that honor your loved one--and the planet)


Walmart Caskets and Other Spooky Funeral Service Trends

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October 31, 2012

Guest Article Contributed by: Krystal Penrose, FuneralOne

It’s Halloween! It’s time for trick-or-treaters, Halloween candy stomach aches, brains in a bag, drive-thru funerals… you know, the usual.

I’ve saved all the disturbing funeral service trends I’ve discovered online just for Halloween. Because really, what’s scarier than Walmart caskets and cheesy funeral home advertising?

While you’re in the Halloween spirit, enjoy these 5 scary funeral service trends!

Read the full article at ConnectingDirectors


Do Not Die Here

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Obit Magazine
September 9, 2008

If you plan to expire, avoid these States.

I know, I know. Right now you’re thinking to yourself, What kind of ridiculous headline is that? How am I supposed to control where I’m going to die? It could happen anywhere, at any time.

Believe me, that is no way to plan your future. Every year Americans spend between $11 to $15 billion on funerals.  In such a fun-scarce market, why should you want to be the top spender? After all, big lavish send-off or puny farewell, the end results are pretty much the same. And no matter how sumptuous the satin-lined coffin, the guest of honor never really gets to enjoy it.

A smart, which is to say frugal, funeral consumer understands that in order to leave a little something behind for the heirs, it helps to plan your death, right down to the most vital detail: namely, the state in which you would prefer to expire. Here’s why:

Read the full article in Obit Magazine


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