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Survivors Grow Diamonds From the Ashes

Algordanza means "remembrance" in Romansh. It is also the name of a company in Chur, Switzerland that is in the business of turning loved ones' cremated ashes into diamonds. Rinaldo Willy, 34, created Algordanza in ...

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Robot Funerals Denote Spiritual Connection

In January of 2015, a memorial service took place in Isumi, Japan, at a 450-year-old Buddhist temple. The figures being honored were brought together at the altar, where a priest offered prayers for the peaceful passin ...

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Social Media and Grief

It may seem like an oxymoron to use social media to channel and process something so deeply personal as grief. Many people, however, are turning to various sites to make sense of and find meaning in loss. Although sites ...

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More Women Pursuing Careers in the Funeral Industry

According to the National Funeral Directors Association, in 2010, 57 percent of mortuary school graduates in the United States were women, up 60 percent since 1995. Despite the increase in numbers, however, women face ch ...

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Five Alternative Funeral Options

Not too long ago, cremation was still considered an alternative means of caring for a loved one's body after death. In recent decades, however, there has been an explosion of choice regarding how to manage one's remains. ...

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Fewer Funeral Funds for Illinois Poor

Gov. Bruce Rauner of Illinois announced recently that he would move to cut the Funeral & Burial Benefits program from the 2016 state budget and is cutting the program for the remainder of this year. This benefit has ...

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New Traditions: Unique Funerals

Funerals around the country and overseas are adopting new ways of memorializing those we love, and people are sitting up and taking notice. Sometimes, the ones doing the actual sitting up are the loved themselves. The mo ...

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Rental Caskets a Growing Trend

The recent recession has had a lasting impact on many businesses, and the funeral industry is no exception. Traditional funerals may cost thousands of dollars. The casket may often be the greatest single expense, with ha ...

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Funeral Services for a Loved One in Jail

Arranging a funeral may be a difficult and demanding task under any circumstances. The situation may be even more complex when a loved one dies while incarcerated. Prolonged separation may already have put stress on a fa ...

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Family-Owned Funeral Homes Are on the Decline

Once upon a time in America, every town had at least one family-owned funeral home. Generations of residents sought solace and shared grief in these homes, facilitated by directors who had succeeded a father or mother or ...

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