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ART: Vadis Turner’s "Burial Party"

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SevenPonds Blog
July 10, 2011

Her newest installation reminds us of the possibilities of growth through loss and grief.

Vadis Turner is a Brooklyn artist who creates mixed-media sculptures, paintings, and installations with a colorful and whimsical take on various cultural and personal issues. Her most recent installation, Burial Party, was included last April at the Brooklyn Artists Ball at the Brooklyn Museum.

According to the artist’s statement, her creation of Burial Party was inspired by an interest in "the aesthetic bridges between diverse rites of passage." At significant turning points throughout our lives, we must simultaneously shed what we knew or what we were, and embody a new version of ourselves.

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PHOTOS: Burial Party - elements of ceremony and celebration with the processes of decay.


NFDA News Release: U.S. Government Classifies Formaldehyde as a Known Carcinogen

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National Funeral Directors Association
For Immediate Release: June 15, 2011

Brookfield, Wis. - On June 10, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Toxicology Program (NTP) issued the 12th edition of its Report on Carcinogens (RoC) and, for the first time, listed formaldehyde as a known human carcinogen. This new listing represents a significant change from the 11th RoC, issued in 2005, which classifies formaldehyde as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen."

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Library Journal Reviews "Final Rights" Book

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Updated (Sunday, 21 August 2011)
Social Sciences Reviews
July 2011

Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death
by Joshua Slocum, Lisa Carlson

Slocum (executive director, Funeral Consumers Alliance) and Carlson (executive director, Funeral Ethics Organization) offer a guide intended to prepare consumers to deal with what the authors claim is a deceptive and greedy funeral services industry. They look at the components of burying the dead, including choosing caskets and markers, dealing with cemeteries and funeral homes, understanding pre-need funeral purchases, and new and revived trends such as home funerals and green funerals. They offer numerous real-life examples of manipulation and questionable practices and provide tips for consumers to help avoid rip-offs, such as misleading perpetual-care arrangements and exorbitant embalming costs. There is practical advice on filing a complaint when wronged by the industry and a cautionary chapter on the Federal Trade Commission and what the authors see as its failure to enforce its own consumer protection rules.

VERDICT - This book is a boon for those looking to simplify and personalize caring for the dead. The inclusion of a compilation of each state's funeral laws, including statutory citations and guidance for those investigating home funerals and burials and body donation, make this an essential purchase for consumer-protection collections.

~ Joan Pedzich, Harris Beach PLLC, Rochester, NY

SOURCE || Social Sciences Reviews || July 2011


Review is listed under Jul 15, 2011 / LAW & CRIME. Scroll down or search web page for term: Final Rights

Last Updated ( Sunday, 21 August 2011 13:47 )

Alderwoods Funeral Homes, Operated By Industry Giant SCI, Force Unfair Labor Practice Strike

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PR Newswire
News Release
July 6, 2011

Teamsters Local 727

CHICAGO, July 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The funeral industry giant that operates four Alderwoods funeral homes in the Chicago area has forced Teamsters Local 727 to file unfair labor practice charges at the National Labor Relations Board and its employees to strike. The union-represented funeral directors, embalmers and livery drivers voted overwhelmingly to strike late Tuesday night.

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Art honors life with unique artist-made cremation urns

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The most beautifully designed and superbly crafted funerary urns and personal memorials, created by artists and artisans.

Art has the capacity to provoke, soothe, inspire, delight and help us reflect on the times in which we live and the unique individuals we come to know, love and lose in its passing. FUNERIA has explored the art of memorializing those we love since 2001. Thank you for joining us in considering how art honors life - and how it will stand in for each of us when we are no longer here to speak for ourselves.

See slide show of artisan urns at FUNERIA

Check out FUNERIA Portfolio links at the bottom of the web site for more artisan urns in the collection.

Thanks to SevenPonds Blog for altering us to this article.

NOTE FROM DAILY DIRGE EDITOR: Links to FUNERIA are not posted as a commercial endorsement, but for the artistic uniqueness of the urns.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 July 2011 19:25 )

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