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Preparation for Death

Preparation for Death

Each week I receive the latest news on the “dying business.” That includes the topics of grief, funerals, death and dying, end of life, etc. Consistently I notice that the UK is tackling the topic fervently. Most often death and dying is considered in the medical or insurance fields. There is upward trend recently in… Continue Reading

Eco Friendli-er Cremation

Eco Friendli-er Cremation

Black smoke billowing out of cremation services is not completely unusual. Not only was it ugly, it produced environmental hazards https://www.mountainx.com/article/17909/Crematorium-smoke-triggers-complaints. Today’s news is that there is a more ecologically sound method to dispose of the body. “Our technology (..) can remove moisture at a cost-effective rate and at a suitable speed to make it… Continue Reading

Caretaker Reference

If you are in need of someone to aid your loved one, please contact Mary Lee directly. I know her as a loving, gentle friend and highly recommend her. * “I am an ordained minister, professional consouler and end of life guide, with eight years of eldercare experience and Hospice volunteer training and practice. I… Continue Reading

How We Mourn

How We Mourn

During 1969 Elizabeth Kubler-Ross was the first to create a model for how we humans experience grief. Briefly the stages are 1) Denial, 2) Anger, 3) Bargaining, 4) Depression, 5) Acceptance. Since, this model has been widely accepted and used for all types of developmental and situational changes. This model was also criticized for not… Continue Reading

Home Funeral Tips

Home Funeral Tips

This is a how-to guide to have a funeral at the home of the deceased. This can save money, and empower those who must take care of these details. 1)  Plan ahead; delegate these tasks to someone who is less involved emotionally with the deceased. 2)  Contact the city health department’s office of vital statistics… Continue Reading

Illusions about Death and Dying

Illusions about Death and Dying

It is a common observation that each person dies uniquely. From their spiritual experience, to their family relations, the experiences of the dying and of their relationships vary. Some settle scores, others seek forgiveness and salvation. Death seems to be a time when we can elevate our sense of ourselves with the obituary. Val Patterson,… Continue Reading

Funeral Home Convention Data

Funeral Home Convention Data

The funeral business has had its place in US and this story tells me why it could be better. Here are some details: NY Funeral Home Convention Data (see link below): * Funeral homes and crematories generated $11.05 billion in 2002 and $11.95 billion in 2007; that’s 900 million increase in two years. * Average cost… Continue Reading

Kansas City Funeral Home Maligned

Kansas City Funeral Home Maligned

Criminal charges were filed against the owner of a Kansas City funeral home which was previously closed by state regulators. He now has 10 felony counts of theft, violated the state’s pre-need funeral contract act and violated the Missouri merchandising practices act. Apparently Marts sold pre-need funeral services without a license to sell such contracts. He also… Continue Reading

Funeral Home Regulation

Funeral Home Regulation

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Department of Justice fined a Washington, D.C., funeral home $25,000 for failing to provide a list of casket prices to consumers before they choose one. Funeral homes are required to offer choices at various price points to customers. Every year, the FTC goes undercover; a checklist is… Continue Reading

Funeral Home Opens a Coffee House, Really!?

Funeral Home Opens a Coffee House, Really!?

The landscape of the funeral business has had some predictable changes. This change, however, could be considered “out of the box.” Yes, that is right. Starbucks is open for business at a South Carolina funeral home.  The funeral home found that there was extra space and the need for quality coffee for funeral goers was… Continue Reading