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Plan Your Own Death and Funeral

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The Good Funeral Guide

Making plans for your dying and your funeral is a chore easily postponed.

But as the years go by and increasing physical decrepitude makes it clear that you are not, after all, going to be the first person in history somehow to duck under the radar of the Grim Reaper, it feels more and more acceptable, even desirable, to make plans. Decrepitude is nature’s way of reconciling us with the inevitable. Dementia may or may not be nature’s way of taking our mind off it.

If you’re going to sit down and plan your funeral, it makes sense, at the same time, to make plans for the process which leads up to it: your dying.

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Stages of Mourning

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Love to Know : Death & Dying
By Kelly Roper

Losing a loved one is never easy. Sometimes the passing is expected after a long illness, and knowing a loved one has been released from suffering eases the pain. Other times death comes suddenly, and the shock adds another dimension to the grief. Either way, people go through a variety of emotional stages as they mourn. Recognizing and understanding each stage may make the loss a little easier to bear for everyone concerned.

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Families, stop thwarting organ donors

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Vitals :
By Art Caplan, Ph.D.
Aug 7, 2012

Despite the great demand, very few Americans donate their organs when they die. But the reason for that may not be what you’d think -- it’s your relatives.

That’s what David Shaw, honorary lecturer at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, thinks the real problem is. In an article published Tuesday in the British Medical Journal, he writes that one of the biggest reasons more people don’t wind up donating is veto by their family.

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End of Life Planning Makes a Difficult Situation Much Easier

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The Good Funeral Guide Blog
Tuesday, 7 August 2012

The worst time to plan a funeral is when someone has died.

One of the toughest challenges anyone can face in their lifetime is losing a loved one and then having to guess what kind of funeral and memorial service they would have wanted, also to try to locate important documents and find the answers to key questions.  But it does not have to be this way, by documenting our preferences and important details in advance of need, families can be spared making the difficult decisions of what to do next and avoid all of this uncertainty.

End of Life Planning is about thinking, discussing, planning and documenting the final event in our lives before it actually happens.

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Last Updated ( Friday, 10 August 2012 19:39 )

The Pennsylvania State Board of Funeral Directors Needs a Shorter leash

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-Josh Slocum, Executive Director 

—Restoring Families' Right to Choose-a policy paper for lawmakers and consumers
—Dead Bodies and Disease: The Danger That Does Not Exist
—Hall of Shame: Pennsylvania Targets Grieving Daughter
—Circling the Hearses: the nationwide problem of corrupted regulatory boards

finalrightscoverfinalrightscoverFinal Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death.

A manual of funeral law for consumers.

Pennsylvania's state funeral regulatory board is out of control and needs to be reined in. Fresh from a defeat in federal court in which a judge tossed out 11 provisions of law for being anti-competitive, the board now faces a suit from a rabbi it has been harassing with threats of legal prosecution for performing traditional, undertaker-free Jewish funerals. Daniel E. Wasserman is suing the board on constitutional grounds; the regulatory board thinks it has the authority to bar Wasserman and his congregation from performing traditional Jewish funerals themselves. No, says the state—that would be practicing funeral service without a license. Never mind that Wasserman's chevra kadisha (Jewish burial society) charges no fees to grieving families for this traditional religious service.

This use of the Commonwealth's police powers under the pretext of "protecting health and safety" to restrain organized clergy for the benefit of professional funeral director licensees who seek only to profit is as shocking as it is unconstitutional. Even more shocking is the selective enforcement of [Pennsylvania commercial funeral law] against an Orthododox Jewish clergyman while the State Board knowingly allows the same or similar practices by persons of other faiths in instances where no profit can be expected by its licensees.—Wasserman v Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the US District Court, Middle District, Pennsylvania.


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