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Important Things to Consider When Preparing Your Will

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U.S. New & World Report
September 26, 2012

MONEY : Personal Finance

Dying without a will triggers intestacy laws, which means the state determines how a person's estate is distributed and how their assets are allocated. In other words, if you don't make a will, the state's law effectively does it for you. In most states, the estate is divided between the decedent's spouse and children, but not all states. There's a common misconception that people don't need a will if they just want their assets given to their spouse, says Elizabeth High, an estate planning lawyer with LeBlanc & Young in Portland, Maine.

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 06 October 2012 11:32 )

All That Remains

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The Good Funeral Guide Blog
Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Home Funerals & Green Burials

An interesting survey of the US funeral scene in 2009 if you’ve got 25 mins to spare.

Features among others Holly Stevens at a convention of home funeralists and Mark Harris, whose book Grave Matters is well worth reading.

See the video (26:55) at The Good Funeral Guide Blog


13+ Things A Funeral Director Won’t Tell You

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Reader's Digest Magazine
June/July 2011

By Michelle Crouch

Money-saving secrets funeral directors from across the country aren't taking to the grave with these insider tips for planning a funeral.

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Thanks to the FCA of North Texas for alerting us to this article.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 29 September 2012 15:59 )

Older funeral policies often insufficient

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Shreveport Times
Shreveport LA
Sep 22, 2012

Finances, particularly those related to final arrangements, can add a substantial burden when dealing with the death of a loved one. And as an older generation passes, many area residents are finding the policies they believed would carry those burdens won't suffice.

It's a scenario Shreveport funeral directors meet each month — a family sitting across from them wondering how funeral policies, sometimes held and paid diligently for decades, barely scratch the surface of the price to bury their dead.

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


Letting Children Share in Grief

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The New York Times
Published: September 19, 2012

A few decades ago, children often didn’t attend funerals. The thinking was that they should be sheltered from the pain of losing a loved one. And as Americans started living longer, the need to even broach the subject of death was delayed because many grandparents survived deep into their golden years.

But recently, the opposite view — that children should be as involved in the grieving process as adults are — has been taking hold, reflecting an increasingly common belief that children are better off when their grief is acknowledged and they are allowed to mourn in the company of relatives and peers.

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