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Postmortem Options: A Workshop on the Dead Body

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Uploaded on Feb 2, 2011
Workshop Date: Jan 25, 2011

Speaker: Nancy Accola, Funeral Consumers Alliance

Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA

Sponsors: Decompiculture Society and MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology
See video (15:00) on YouTube
Last Updated ( Sunday, 03 July 2011 15:20 )

What a RIP-off! Her grave was robbed.

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New York Post
April 25, 2011
A Brooklyn family was devastated to find their long-dead father lying next to a stranger at Washington Cemetery -- in the same plot their mother purchased years ago for her future resting place.

Klara Tranis, 84, spent $3,200 on side-by-side plots in Section 5 of the city's largest Jewish cemetery in Midwood back in 1987, when her beloved husband of 42 years, Wolf Tranis, died at 59......

Houston-based Service Corporation International, which owns I.J. Morris and Nevsky Yablokoff [Memorial Chapels], declined comment.
Read the full article in the New York Post
Last Updated ( Saturday, 02 July 2011 12:54 )

Natural Burial - Outside the Box

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Uploaded on June 30 2011
CBC Documentary about the changing funeral industry in Canada - "Outside the Box" (2003) featuring Mike Salisbury from the Natural Burial Co-operative.
See the video (13:20) on YouTube

Thanks to The Good Funeral Guide for altering us to this video.
Last Updated ( Friday, 01 July 2011 21:03 )

Dark Clouds and Unfavorable Secular Trends: Cremation

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Death Care Law Blog
June 29 2011

A few months ago a stock analyst issued a critique warning against investment in the industry’s public companies. A few weeks later the critique got a second wind when chat pages and social media forums picked up on the critique’s conclusion and circulated the article as proof that certain trends will ‘haunt’ all funeral homes and cemeteries for years to come. Several weeks later the critique’s attempt to assess or explain the industry’s key issues continues to haunt me. If a professional who makes his living from investment assessments has difficulty grasping and explaining the intricacies of the death care industry, consider the difficulties our regulators and legislators may have understanding the business.

The critique identified "the" three issues impacting the industry’s revenues and profitability: cremation preneed and longer life expectancies. This post will focus on cremation.
Read the full article at Death Care Law Blog

Ammo Urn

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The Modern Mourner
Monday, June 13, 2011
Just had to share this vintage ammo box I bought on Etsy, which I believe will make the perfect readymade urn. I love the bright red paint and the little "bomb" on the side. What do you think? It's gotta be perfect for somebody, right ... ?
View image of vintage ammo box at The Modern Mourner

Thanks to The Good Funeral Guide for introducing us to The Modern Mourner web site.

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