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The Ethics and Etiquette of Social Media and Funerals

Most everyone has a story or recollection about the misuse of social media in a social situation. Incidents range from embarrassing selfies to inappropriate or even vengeful posts. As with much technology, social media s ...

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Making Way for Choice in Burials

The casket industry in the United States is said to be a 1.5 billion dollar industry, with a typical price tag for a steel coffin coming in at around $2,500. In past decades and until fairly recently, up to 90% of burial ...

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Finding the Words for a Funeral of a Suicide Victim

Funeral of a Suicide Victim Funerals may be emotionally difficult events under any circumstances, but a service for a suicide victim may present special challenges for everyone involved, from the mourners to the offic ...

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Lincoln’s Funeral Ride Home

The U.S. recently marked the 150-year anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. CBS News covered the occasion with an essay focused on Lincoln's funeral train and the account of that long and emotion ...

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Pets Can Be Experts at Comforting People in Times of Grief

The poet Joseph Duemer writes, "There are some simple truths inside the world's complexity, and the dogs know what they are." Throughout history, people have declared their appreciation for their pets' undying loyalty an ...

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Facts You May Not Know About Death

You just never know. Some evening you may find yourself as a plus one at a funeral directors' convention or need some snappy chitchat at a Halloween party. In any case, it is best to be prepared. The following are some f ...

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Finding the Right Words in Difficult Moments

Proximity to death leaves many people tongue-tied. It can be extremely challenging to try to think of an appropriate thing to say to someone who is dying or grieving. Nevertheless, a kind word may go a long way to comf ...

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Managing Stress for Funeral Workers

Funeral directors manage upward of 150 tasks per service, and often multiple services per day. According to Kate Hamilton of Mourning Cross Bereavement Pins, who conducted a survey among 57 funeral directors, the perso ...

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Funeral Pyres Burn Continuously After Nepal Quake

The recent major earthquake in Nepal has impacted thousands of lives across the country. In Katmandu alone, over 800 people have died in a quake that measured 7.8 on the Richter scale. As in any catastrophe, great ener ...

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Chinese Officials at Odds With Funeral Strippers

Funerals are seeing an unprecedented rise in attendance in rural China, and officials in the Ministry of Culture are not happy about it. In the past several years, the presence of exotic dancers at funeral services has ...

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