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Former Funeral Director Pleads Not Guilty

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WSIL TV Channel 3 (ABC)
Carterville IL
October 19, 2010

HARRISBURG IL -- A former funeral director says he is not guilty of stealing money from clients. John B. Jones, of Equality, is accused of selling pre-paid funeral plans, but failing to deposit those funds into a trust account instead spending the money on his business.
Read full article and watch video on WSIL TV Channel 3.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 October 2010 07:38 )

What to Expect from the Cremation Process

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Cremation arrangements are an increasingly viable and popular choice in the United States for families wishing to step outside the traditional burial scenario. An ancient practice that actually dates back thousands of years, cremation provides you with more choices in the final resting place of your loved one, since you aren’t tied to a cemetery plot unless you choose it...... The steps involved are universal, and [this article] can give you a good idea of what to expect from the cremation process.
Read the full article at iMortuary.
Last Updated ( Monday, 18 October 2010 19:03 )

CNN: Beating the high cost of funerals (VIDEO)

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It's a topic that intrigues us: how are people coping with funeral costs in a tough economy?

CNN's Kyra Phillips interviews Josh Slocum of the Funeral Consumers Alliance about the big mark up on casket costs and why embalming is actually optional.

Joshua Slocum, the Executive Director of the Funeral Consumers Alliance, recommend AGAINST prepaying for a funeral for the following reasons:

1. Only a few states have adequate legal protections for prepaid funeral customers.

2. In many states, you can lose a significant portion of what you prepaid if you cancel or transfer your account to another funeral home or cemetery. This means the original funeral home or cemetery gets paid for having provided you with nothing......

Watch the full CNN interview (6:14} on YouTube.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 March 2012 17:23 )

More Americans choosing 'green' burials

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Uses no vaults or chemicals
The Washington Times
Sunday, October 17, 2010

GOLDENDALE, Wash. | Steve Sall moved forward on uneven, rocky terrain in his motorized wheelchair and came to a stop at the edge of a sweeping vista of ponderosa pines and bright pockets of yellow wildflowers.

He wanted to see the canyon he used to hike before Lou Gehrig's disease left him near death. Three months later, Sall, 61, was laid to rest in the forest.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 October 2010 07:38 ) Read more...

Dust to Dust - Local Cemetery Takes on the Funeral Industry

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Free Times - Columbia SC’s News and Arts Weekly

Green Burial - Local Cemetery Takes on the Funeral Industry

Most people don't find a funeral service by seeing it on a T-shirt. They open a phone book or a helpful nurse or minister murmurs a name.

But T-shirts are how Michael Bishop’s been advertising his business.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 October 2010 07:40 ) Read more...

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