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Military, Veterans Not Laughing at Funeral Selfie

Saturday May 31, 2014

Two Wisconsin National Guard members recently learned the hard way that posting funeral selfies online could cause serious repercussions. Read More...

Bier vs. Beer

Thursday May 29, 2014

Dog and beer keg

The variety of products aimed at the wallets of "pet parents" is already dizzying, but beer for dogs? Seriously? Read More...

Volunteer Buglers Help Honor Deceased Vets

Friday May 16, 2014

For more than 13 years, thousands of people from across the United States have volunteered their time and talents to help provide a moving tribute at the funerals of deceased military servicemen and -women. But the not-for-profit organization behind this noble effort to honor our veterans could use your help. Read More...

Gold Star Pins Available for Military Families

Tuesday May 13, 2014

Gold Star Pins

The U.S. Department of Defense offers Gold Star lapel buttons (pins) for surviving family members after a loved one dies during active service in the military. The pins are considered symbols of honor and convey the nation's gratitude for the men and women who pay the ultimate price while serving their country. Read More...

School Kids Punished for Attending Funeral

Wednesday April 30, 2014

The death of a loved one is difficult enough, but imagine returning from a funeral and discovering your child's school not only considers his or her absence unexcused but might also expel your kid. That's exactly what one family in England faces right now. Read More...

Why in the World Would You Rent a Casket?

Wednesday April 23, 2014

Man in Casket

We rent cars, vacation homes, and even clothing, such as tuxedos for weddings and shoes for bowling. But why on earth would anyone rent a casket? Read More...

U.S. Trails on Bereavement Leave

Monday April 21, 2014

Despite setting the bar in many areas concerning fair labor practices and worker-friendly regulations, the United States continues to lag behind other developed countries in one key area: mandatory bereavement leave for employees. Read More...

Does Cryonics Mean Heaven Can Wait?

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Clock in ice

A new documentary film offers an inside look at Michigan's Cryonics Institute and raises a challenging question: Have human beings actually discovered a way to cheat death? Read More...

National Healthcare Decisions Day 2014

Tuesday April 1, 2014

According to a 2006 survey published by the Pew Research Center, 95% of Americans have heard of a living will, which specifies the medical treatments that someone wants/doesn't want at the end of life. Unfortunately, less than a third of the U.S. population has actually created one (29%) according to that survey. Read More...

Why Bother Attending a Funeral?

Monday March 31, 2014

Value of Funerals

Given life's hectic pace these days, it's easy to rationalize that attending a funeral ranks less important than [INSERT REASON HERE]. The next time you catch yourself tempted to skip a funeral or memorial service, remember these six reasons why you should make the effort. Read More...

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