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The Value-added Tombstone

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Death Reference Desk
22 May 2011
What’s the next best thing to placing flowers on your loved one’s grave marker? Teddy bears? Mylar balloons? Thanks to technology, those items are now passe. The latest way for you to pay your respects is via the QR code. The what??

For the uninitiated (or perhaps those without a smartphone) a QR code is a two-dimensional code readable by dedicated QR code readers and camera phones. In use in Japan since 1994, QR (or quick response) codes are now being used by various individuals, groups and businesses to promote all sorts of things. Advertising, music and business execs are using the codes to give people a value-added experience; scan the QR code and you are transported to a new layer of information about the product, artist or in the case of the funeral industry - the dearly departed.
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St. Paul Pioneer Press (May 2011)

QR Code (Wikipedia)

The rise of women undertakers

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Thursday 23 June 2011

Women are reclaiming their traditional role in funeral services
What image springs to mind when picturing funeral directors - men in black? Not for much longer. Largely excluded from funeral services for a couple of centuries, women at last are reclaiming their role in the ceremonies we perform for the dead.
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Burn the poor: Indigent funerals switching to cremations

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The Clay Center Dispatch
Clay Center (Clay County) KS
June 21, 2011
A change to a state statute and the state SRS discontinuing funding for indigent funerals a year ago has put the burden on counties to be responsible for these funerals instead of the state.

However commissioners believe they can meet the statute requirement by instead cremating indigents, an expense of about $500, including transportation to and from a crematorium.
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Funeral Preplanning Interview with Gail Rubin

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LoveToKnow - Death and Dying
While it's inevitable that someday you'll die, you can lighten your family's burden by preplanning your own funeral or memorial service. However, taking this step is not always easy.
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The Family Plopt Blog (June 30, 2011)

Tibetans Perform Celestial Burial Ceremony

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Avax News
June 2011
Sky burial or ritual dissection was once a common funerary practice in Tibet wherein a human corpse is cut in specific locations and placed on a mountaintop, exposing it to the elements or the mahabhuta and animals - especially to birds of prey. The location of the sky burial preparation and place of execution are understood in the Vajrayana traditions as charnel grounds. In Tibet the practice is known as jhator, which literally means, "giving alms to the birds."

The majority of Tibetans adhere to Buddhism, which teaches rebirth. There is no need to preserve the body, as it is now an empty vessel. Birds may eat it, or nature may let it decompose. So the function of the sky burial is simply the disposal of the remains. In much of Tibet the ground is too hard and rocky to dig a grave, and with fuel and timber scarce, a sky burial is often more practical than cremation.
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