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Videos Make End-of-Life Choices Less Abstract

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The Family Plot Blog
Funeral Planning for Those Who Don't Plan to Die
Friday, June 3, 2011
The videos are making treatment options more real and less abstract for patients. Studies show that most patients who watch these videos change their minds about what they want and choose less aggressive care.

Palliative care, designed to make the patient comfortable in their final days, is so much more humane than inflicting treatments that only extend pain.
Read the full article at The Family Plot Blog


Advanced Care Planning Decisions Patient Education Videos (non-profit org.)

Preview Demo of ACP Decisions Videos (registration required)

Arizona Crematory Facing Trouble Over Mishandling of Bodies

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Funeral Consumer Advocate
Monday, May 23, 2011
MESA AZ: Arizona’s funeral board is moving to shut down a Mesa crematorium that a television station’s investigation found had stored dozens of bodies in unsanitary conditions in the business and others in a van outside.

The unanimous action Tuesday by the Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers was spurred by findings that incorporated the results of KNXV-TV’s April investigation.
Read the full article & see video [59 sec] at Funeral Consumer Advocate

St. Joseph Abbey monks suing for right to sell caskets scheduled to go to trial Monday (06/06/11)

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The Times-Picayune
New Orleans LA
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
A federal lawsuit brought by St. Tammany Parish monks fighting for their right to sell handcrafted caskets to the public without a state license is set to go to trial Monday (June 6, 2011) in New Orleans.

U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval ruled in April that lawyers representing monks from St. Joseph Abbey near Covington could attempt to prove in court that a state law restricting casket sales to licensed funeral directors amounts to unconstitutional economic protectionism.
Read the full article in The Times-Picayune


UPDATE (June 1, 2011): Interesting posted comments with many if not most supporting the monks, including a couple of funeral directors.

Thanks for altering us to these article comments go to: Funeral Ethics Organization
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 June 2011 16:03 )

Before I Go 2.0

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Copy_of_BigCoverCopy_of_BigCoverOur popular funeral planning kit, Before I Go, You Should Know, is now available in an enhanced version! The kit, which comes with a funeral planning booklet (featuring illustrations by Edward Gorey) you fill in, along with your state's advance medical directives ("living will"), can now be ordered with your state's individual chapter from the book Final Rights. Along with a free bonus chapter, Necessary Information, the enhanced kit will show you:

  • How to file a death certificate and carry out a family-directed funeral
  • Where to file a complaint against a funeral home or cemetery
  • How well (or how badly) prepaid funerals are regulated and how to avoid being ripped off
  • Regulations particular to your state that govern how funeral homes and cemeteries treat you

. . .and much more! Check it out in our bookstore.


state chapter imagestate chapter imageNeed information fast? Order a downloadable version of your state's chapter from Final Rights. You'll get an email with a link to your downloadable .pdf. Each chapter comes with a free bonus, Necessary Information. Just $5 (and $4 of that goes directly to FCA's charitable mission to protect you from funeral fraud)!


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 June 2012 16:34 )

Japan's mortuaries struggle to cope with 14,700 bodies from quake, so far

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Mon, 05/16/2011

SENDAI, Japan - Cars are strewn around like toys. A month after the quake, crews were still searching the cars and afterward marking them with a red X. Temporary graveyards have been established to hold bodies in coffins for up to two years. And people who do not normally work as undertakers have been drafted into service.

More than 14,700 bodies have been recovered in the wake of northern Japan's March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Another 11,000 are still missing.

Read the full article at ScrippsNews

Thanks for altering us to this article go to: Connecting Directors
Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 May 2011 08:28 )

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