Death, Not Very Heartwarming or Funny
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During my senior year of high school, a friend of mine choked to death on his dinner. He had begun to feel ill, excused himself from the family dinner table, went to the upstairs bathroom and proceeded to choke on his own food until he was no more. I was the typical ‘popular guy’ in […]

Life of a Zombie – Losing Our Loved Ones
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Cremation is the last milestone of life and every man wants, that no matter how many difficulties he has seen in his eternal thoroughfares, his corpse shall be given due respect and civility and his unwilling wish is fulfilled by his relatives, who happen to follow the same when he takes out from his body […]

How Parents Deal With The Wrongful Death of a Child
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More frequent than not, people do not understand what parents go through, in particular, when the loss of child occurs outside the home. There are so many judgmental comments made concerning how parents should react to a loss of a child. There are so many outside voices frowning on parents who initiate civil lawsuit when […]

Cremation Urns, Graves, and the Open Air: A Comparative History of Death Rituals

Despite its morbidity, death is often seen as a sacred rite. Most religions outline specific preferences and prohibitions. The process of mourning and caring for the deceased is as varied as humans themselves. These three styles of death rituals have been observed throughout time, geographical location, class, culture, and religion. Cremation Cremation, or burning the […]

Why Everyone Should Have A Last Will And Testament
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One day as you are approaching the two lane bridge leaving the island where you live, you look up and see an ambulance with lights flashing coming over the top. There is a pick-up truck and a small car in front of the ambulance. If you pull onto the bridge, the ambulance is stuck. You […]

FAQS About Funeral Planning Costs
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Whether arranging in advance, or faced with the sudden responsibility, funeral planning can be a stressful and overwhelming process for everyone. The combination of emotional distress and the pressure to make all the necessary arrangements in a timely manner can leave a person feeling directionless. Fortunately, funeral directors are here to help families through these […]

Death Versus Dementia
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We are all scared of death, and also of dementia. Both result in loss of our memory of our interaction with others during our lifetime. Our death or that of our relations/friends scares us. Dementia in our near and dear scares us too; for it alters the old relationship – its warmth and affection considerably. […]

DNA Banking – Preserving A Legacy
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Does your funeral home offer DNA Banking? A funeral home that offers DNA Banking will perform DNA collection services and offer DNA products to the families they serve. DNA services can be for living as well as deceased family members. DNA is a human genetic record that provides medical and genealogical information, which has proven […]

So You Want to Work for a Funeral Home?
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To some, working for a funeral home may seem like a suitable job for just anyone with an interest in the subject of death. However, it takes much more than a general curiosity for dead bodies. This is particularly true for those interested in becoming morticians. Morticians, also often interchangeably called funeral directors or undertakers, […]

Health Grieving Process – Coming to Terms With Death
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My Father’s Final Journey In 2002 my father required triple bypass surgery. My father had severe heart disease and his heart muscle was extremely weak. My father’s surgeon was extraordinary! In fact, my father and President Clinton had the same surgeon. My father’s surgery was a success. All his doctors called my dad the miracle […]