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Nadine Jarvis Challenges Traditional Approach to Cremation

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July 17, 2011

The artist's thought-provoking approach to the grieving process through the application of cremation remains

Nadine Jarvis has turned the concept of the cremation vessel on its head with her Rest in Pieces, Birdfeeder, and pencil box projects. All of the projects utilize cremation ashes in unique and thought-provoking ways, and they are aimed at assisting in the grieving and healing process. Jarvis designed the projects with a focus on the concept of impermanence and renewal.

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Nadine Jarvis: Challenging Post Mortem Traditions (The Daily Undertaker)


End-of-Life Planning: Why It's Such a Smart Thing to Do

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February 28, 2011

Talking about dying and death is a huge social taboo. It is almost as though we collectively put our hands over our eyes like children who innocently think, "if I don't see it or look at it, it doesn't exist." But, it does. So, let's take a look at the truth of this matter.

The key to effective end-of-life planning is not to race through filling out legal documents, but rather to take our time to thoughtfully clarify our thoughts, attitudes, beliefs and feelings about dying and death first. It is important to understand that our mental and emotional posture serves as the foundation for how we live our lives, which includes how we live our dying.

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Thanks to SevenPonds Blog for altering us to this article.


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Consumer group says corporation charges 30 percent more for funeral services

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July 13, 2011

The last thing grieving family members want to think about is how much the funeral for a deceased loved one is going to cost, but the price point is hard to ignore. In most parts of the country, a traditional funeral requires a serious outlay - about $7,755 on average (minus the cemetery plot, flowers, monument marker and obituary), according to the National Funeral Directors Association.

Funeral prices in Vermont are low compared with the national average, but costs have gone up dramatically at a handful of funeral homes in southern Vermont that are owned by a multinational corporation, according to the alliance.

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Funeral Consumers Alliance of Vermont releases survey of funeral costs (July 6, 2011)

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Death and Budgets

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The New York Times
July 14, 2011

Much of the budget mess may stem from a deep cultural antipathy toward recognizing our own mortality.

I hope you had the chance to read and reread Dudley Clendinen’s splendid essay, "The Good Short Life," in The Times’s Sunday Review section. Clendinen is dying of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or A.L.S. If he uses all the available medical technology, it will leave him, in a few years’ time, "a conscious but motionless, mute, withered, incontinent mummy of my former self."

Instead of choosing that long, dehumanizing, expensive course, Clendinen has decided to face death as one of life’s "most absorbing thrills and challenges." He concludes: "When the music stops - when I can’t tie my bow tie, tell a funny story, walk my dog, talk with Whitney, kiss someone special, or tap out lines like this - I’ll know that Life is over. It’s time to be gone."

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The Good Short Life (New York Times, July 9, 2011)


Top Ten Tips for arranging a funeral

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The Good Funeral Guide
Friday, 15 July 2011

At the risk of seeming rather tabloid, especially during a difficult period for the press, we recently produced a list of tips for people who are arranging or planning a funeral. I presented this to a group of hospice workers and bereavement professionals who had a number of good suggestions to make, so I am hoping that others will be able to add to the list so that we can make it a TOP TWENTY or more.....

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