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Prepaid Funerals: A Grave Error?

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AARP The Magazine
Dec. 2011/Jan. 2012 issue

In 1973, 49-year-old Evie Robinson of McComb, Mississippi, bought a prepaid full-burial policy from the local Hartman Funeral Home. But by the time she passed away in 2008, at age 84, the policy had gone missing; unaware it existed, Robinson's family paid Hartman $8,128 to lay their mother to rest. They later found the policy among her possessions. Evie's daughter, Johnnye Denman, presented the document to the funeral home and asked for a refund. Too late, they said. So Denman contacted On Your Side.

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Christmas: Buy Buy Bye-Bye $$$

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Last Rights of Pennsylvania
December 14, 2012

Retailers love Christmas and for good reason. All of us buy, buy and buy some more. It’s the one time of year when deals, sales and getting the most bang for the buck is on everyone’s mind. And yet, when it comes to making deals and negotiating the best price, most Americans stop short of applying these same tactics when shopping for funerals.

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Starting a conversation as elderly loved ones age

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NBC Nightly News
Aired on December 12, 2012

It is difficult for families to talk about death and dying, but by proactively resolving complicated end-of-life issues it’s possible to stave off future financial worries and stress.

NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports.

See the video (2:45) at NBC Nightly News

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 December 2012 21:01 )
 

Cutting the high cost of end-of-life care

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CNNMoney
Money Magazine
December 12, 2012

DENIAL IS THE ENEMY

You've gotten the phone call no one wants to receive: A close family member has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, or one battling a terminal condition has begun to fail. And so begins a medical saga that could last weeks, months, or years, during which you will face some of the most difficult choices you'll ever make.

People do not like to talk about death -- to prepare for its inevitability when they're healthy or to acknowledge its proximity when a family member is terminally ill.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 December 2012 14:57 )
 

Prejudiced Against Embalming?

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Mortuary Management
December 11, 2012

For many years I have expressed a belief to my mortuary personnel, others and in articles written for our international audience: “Embalming is our best-known method of presenting a deceased person in state well through the memorial event.”

When colleges with funeral service programs educate students that embalming is performed to protect public health — and are tested accordingly — graduates believe it to be true. Unfortunately, rules often are influenced by self-serving practitioners of death care and made into law by bureaucratic legislators.

Read the full article at Mortuary Management

 


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