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The Changing Face of Funerals

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HubPages: James H. Patton

Changing tastes equates to more options
Today, because of the overall changes, the role of the funeral director has changed dramatically. We have become faced with the challenge of how to offer suggestions for personalization, displays, musical choices, stationary products and final disposition options. Someone recently compared my job to that of a wedding planner. I can see certain similarities, but would point out this important fact. A wedding is usually planned far in advance and there is a rehearsal involved. When a death occurs, we have a few days at best to prepare - and no rehearsal.
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Famous Death Masks

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May 18, 2011
Memory can fade over the course of time, erasing the details of even a loved-one’s face. As far back as 1323 BCE, people have endeavored to preserve, if not the memory, the essence of expression - the human face. Through the use of death masks in all of their forms, societies from all over the world have been able to retain one of the most precious mementos of their departed family members, royal elite, the famous and the infamous of popular culture.
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Types of Headstones

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011
One aspect of funeral planning that occurs at the cemetery is deciding which headstone to place on the grave. The headstone, or tombstone as it is traditionally known, has taken many different forms throughout history. From simple markers to more elaborate statues, people have used the headstone as a way to memorialize the loss of a loved one and to ensure that the grave can be found for future generations.
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Popular Funeral Verses

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April 29, 2011
One of the more common parts of a memorial service is the reading of favorite Bible verses or poetry that you and your family choose. As far as funeral planning goes, this isn’t the most difficult decision you’ll make, and there is no "wrong" way to choose a funeral verse, but it is good to take some time choosing what will be read and who will be responsible for the reading. That’s because in addition to honoring the deceased, there can be great healing to be found in the wisdom of others.
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Need a Kidney? A Skull? Just Bring Cash

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The New York Times
June 16, 2011
Books of The Times: The Red Market

Whereas black markets trade in illegal goods like guns and drugs, the "red market," the journalist Scott Carney says in his revealing if somewhat scattershot new book, trades in human flesh - in kidneys and other organs, in human corneas, blood, bones and eggs. Many of the real-life examples he cites in this chilling volume cannot help but remind the reader of a horror movie, or of Kazuo Ishiguro’s devastating dystopian novel "Never Let Me Go" (2005), in which we learn that a group of children are clones who have been raised to "donate" replacement body parts.
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Blood, Bones And Organs: The Gruesome 'Red Market' (NPR)

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