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Funeral homes will have to cover some losses from troubled Wisconsin Funeral Trust

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Wisconsin State Journal
October 14, 2012

Consumers worried about being cheated out of death investments probably will get what’s coming to them, but their funeral home directors will get less than 70 cents on the dollar to cover their costs, the court-appointed receiver for the troubled Wisconsin Funeral Trust said Friday.

Thousands of Wisconsin residents who thought they had taken steps to afford their funerals by buying a low-risk investment that paid off at their death — and hundreds of funeral home directors who thought they had locked in customers for that very service — are in premature mourning.

Read the full article in the Wisconsin State Journal

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


The 8 "Must Dos" Of Funeral Planning

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Oct 15, 2012

Little is more heart-wrenchingly difficult than the task of:


Most people in the bereavement industry are compassionate individuals who truly care about those whom they serve. However, as with any other business, the bereavement industry also has its fair share of "undesirables." At best, these undesirables can include funeral directors who use emotional manipulation and clichéd "hard selling" to push clients into purchasing items that they do not want or need. At worst, reported incidents of blatant fraud aren't uncommon.

For both your protection and your peace of mind, here are eight recommended "must dos" of funeral planning:

Read the full article at HuffingtonPost

Thanks to ConnectingDirectors for alerting us to this article.


Choosing who will choose: The Why and How of Selecting a Healthcare Agent

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OK to Die
30 May 2012

Will your cousin (who lives across the country) choose what you will have for lunch?

Did your mother choose which underwear you are wearing today?

All very unlikely -yet both of these relatives could end up choosing whether you have a feeding tube placed in you, or whether you are kept alive on a ventilator in a diaper at the end of your life.

This is sometimes the case when we haven't created advance directives, and haven't spelled out in detail what we want or don't want, and haven't selected and educated a healthcare agent(s).

Beyond the obvious, there are two critical reasons that you should not allow the medical decision making role to fall haphazardly to your closest or most demanding family member should you become unable to make decisions for yourself....

Read the full article at OK to Die


What's in a Name? When Artificial Life Support is Really Artificial Death Extension

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OK to Die
30 June 2012

The names of things often greatly affect our perception. In End-Of-Life lexicon, there is a movement underway to change the name of the medical order DNR (Do Not Resuscitate)  to AND (Allow Natural Death). No change in the medical reality of what occurs, but a radical change in our emotional reaction to the each term:

from "DNR"-- "they withholding a medical intervention" (evoking negative feelings)

to "AND"-- "they are giving care that allows death to occur naturally."

I certainly feel more comforted and assured by the latter, positive wording, although both phrases constitute the same medical pathway.

Read the full article at OK to Die


Obsessing Over Death Isn’t Just For Old People Any More

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Vice Media (UK)
October 13, 2012

Interview with Caitlin Doughty (Order of the Good Death)

VICE:  So, Caitlin. Death to a lot of people is a bad thing. A bummer, at least. What exactly is a ‘good death’?

CAITLIN DOUGHTY:  A good death starts when you’re still young. You have to live your life acknowledging that death is inevitable and let it affect your relationships and view on the world. A good death is about planning your death and what you want done with your body and taking delight in it. It’s about the quest to have everything in place – literally and emotionally – when you die. Preparing for death doesn’t mean preparing for some kind of afterlife. Preparing for death is to enhance the life you’re living right now.

Read the full article at Vice Media (UK)


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