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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...

Richard III's Bones Might Belong to Someone Else

Friday March 28, 2014

King Richard III

In February 2013, news that archaeologists had unearthed the skeleton of King Richard III beneath a parking lot in Leicester, England, triggered worldwide excitement. Yesterday, however, two experts in history and archaeology said, "Not so fast." Read More...

Beware "Funeral Notification" Emails

Tuesday March 18, 2014

The death of a loved one plunges survivors into a sea of pain and anguish in which hearts grow heavy and thoughts become muddled. And that's exactly the vulnerable mindset scammers seek to profit from, according to a new funeral-scam warning issued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Read More...

Reaching Out from Beyond the Grave

Friday March 7, 2014

Facebook App Screenshot

Until recently, communication between the living and the dead was the stuff of psychics and movie plots, but modern technology is changing that. An Israel-based company, Willook, created what it bills as "the first and only Facebook application that enables you to create a final message that will only be published after you die." Read More...

FTC Releases Funeral Rule Video

Tuesday February 25, 2014

While the timing is coincidental, the Federal Trade Commission offered consumers a "Thinking of you, Valentine" message of sorts when it released a new video aimed at improving compliance with the agency's Funeral Rule on February 14, 2014. While intended for businesses, consumers should give this video a look, too, to learn about their rights when buying funeral goods and services. Read More...

Death & "Downton Abbey"

Friday February 21, 2014

A butler holding a silver tray.

With the eagerly awaited finale of Downton Abbey's fourth series now imminent on PBS television, popular Twitter hashtags include #TeamBlake and #TeamGillingham as viewers tweet about which attentive, lovelorn suitor they hope Downton heiress Mary Crawley will select in the future.

Confessing that I have already watched this climactic episode Read More...

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