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'Ecofunerals' on the rise in the US

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July 5, 2011

Evironmentally conscious Americans are opting for what are known as "ecofunerals."

The conventional US funeral is expensive and environmentally unfreindly. On the other hand,"green" funerals are cheaper than the traditional ones and appeal to the budget conscious as well.

A "green" burial is one where the decedent is buried without toxic embalming, an outer burial container, concrete liner or metal vault, in a 100 per cent biodegradable container.

Al Jazeera's Rob Reynolds reporting from Ferndale, Washington.

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Good luck finding funeral prices online

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7/8/2011—California's Senate Bill 658 would require funeral homes that have a website to either post its general price list online, or at least list the 16 categories of goods and services available and tell visitors that prices are available on request. Why do we need a bill to tell funeral homes to actually describe their services and prices on their websites? Because unlike every other business, most won't do it on their own. The Orange County Register found out just what consumers go through when trying to get necessary information to price out and plan a funeral:

Last Updated ( Monday, 25 July 2011 20:27 ) Read more...

The marble of our heroes' headstones

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CBS Sunday Morning
May 29, 2011

Serena Altschul traveled to the mountains in Danby, Vermont to see where the marble used in many of our National Cemeteries is found to commemorate our country's war dead.

See the video (4:53) at CBS Sunday Morning

Thanks to ConnectingDirectors for altering us to this video.


Crestone - one of only two legal U.S. open-air cremation sites

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The Good Funeral Guide
Monday, 31 January 2011

[Dad's] cremation was no abstract theology or philosophy about death, but a profound existential experience of it.

Read the full article at The Good Funeral Guide

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 July 2011 08:48 )

Relaxing, Touching the Memory, Music Helps With the Final Transition

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The New York Times
July 3, 2011
Every week, three music therapists from MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care crisscross the city and suburbs to sing songs to the dying. With guitars strapped to their backs, a flute or tambourine and a songbook jammed in their backpacks, they play music for more than 100 patients, in housing projects, in nursing homes and even in a lavish waterfront home. The time for chemotherapy and radiation is over.
Read the full article in The New York Times
Last Updated ( Monday, 04 July 2011 19:32 )

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