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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.

Funeral Consumers Alliance Advocacy (Texas Legislature)

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Uploaded June 28, 2011

Texas Legislature
Committee on Public Health
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Hearing on House Bill 1708/Senate Bill 864
Jim Bates with the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Texas protects consumers by turning an apparent industry protectionist/consumer harming bill, to a fair law, agreeable to both groups. Testimony 4-13-11 at Texas Capitol.
See video of the testimony (5 min 46 sec) on YouTube
Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 June 2011 20:11 )

It’s the people who aren’t comfortable with their life that can’t talk about their death.

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The Good Funeral Guide
Wednesday, 29 June 2011
Last September, Barbara Baker learned that breast cancer had spread to her bones and she had six months to live. Lakin had already made a coffin for Baker’s cat. The choice to have her own made came naturally. He delivered it a week before Christmas, when Baker had a friend, Carla, staying over.

"Carla comes home at 4:30, and my mom says, 'Chuck’s coming and he’s bringing my casket today,'" Fenlason said. Carla pulled her aside and warned her: "I think there’s something wrong with your mother’s mind."
Read the full article at The Good Funeral Guide


How to Make the Quick Coffin

One Transformative Coffin Maker (text & video: 1 min 24 sec)

Personalizing Death with a Handmade Case (video: 2 min 52 sec)

Chuck Larkin's Other Wood Designs (video: 7 min 22 sec)

The Home Death Movement

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The Good Funeral Guide
Tuesday, 28 June 2011
I’ve been reading an interesting research report published last month in Australia. Its title: Bringing our Dying Home: Creating community at the end of life..... In the research reported here [the authors] found that people can and do care for their dying at home with the help of informal networks of community members. And they do it well.
Read the full article at The Good Funeral Guide
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 June 2011 13:20 )

The Hardest Cases: When Children Die, Justice Can Be Elusive

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June 28, 2011

Post Mortem: Death Investigation in America

Forensic Pathology
Many of the nation's morgues are staffed by doctors who aren't board-certified in forensic pathology. To become certified, doctors need an extra year of training and must pass a day-long test. Earlier this year, an investigation by ProPublica, "Frontline" and NPR showed that more than 100 physicians without board certification were working at the country's busiest coroner and medical examiner offices.
Read the full story in ProPublica


The Child Cases: Guilty Until Proven Innocent (NPR): Audio 7 min 48 sec

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 June 2011 09:52 )

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