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Funeral Costs - What Goes Into the Final Price?

Funeral Costs – What Goes Into the Final Price?

For most people, there is a sense of ‘sticker shock’ when they plan and pay for a funeral.  Since planning a funeral often happens while a person is in a fragile emotional state, it can be easy for costs to mount up without the family realizing.  Even people who pay in advance for their funeral […]

Funeral Homes See a Change in Recession-Proof Status

Funeral Homes See a Change in Recession-Proof Status

In the last decade or so, some major corporations thought it was a good idea to “buy up” a bunch of independent funeral homes because of their financial certainty. After all, everybody has to die, right? Of course that’s right. But what they don’t have to do is die at early ages like our grandparents […]

Beyond the Little Guy - Who's Looking Out for the Dead Guy?

Beyond the Little Guy – Who’s Looking Out for the Dead Guy?

We live in an age where consumer rights is a given.  It’s now hard to believe there was a time when companies could deceive customers through false advertising or treat them poorly simply because they were the only game in town.  In the times before regulations to protect the public and consumer advocacy groups, before […]

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Are DIY Funerals The Next Big Thing?

  We live in The Age of DIY.  From making your own porch swing and laying your own tile to handling your own divorce and even administering microdermabrasion treatments at home – if you ave a goal there’s a DIY product to help.  With the plethora of DIY products and services available, it seems like […]

Shopping Strip Funeral Homes - A New Trend or Too Weird?

Shopping Strip Funeral Homes – A New Trend or Too Weird?

Shopping strips provide popular space at what is usually a pretty cheap price.  Newer versions of these strips are often dubbed ‘retail neighborhoods’ but at the end of the day they’re just strip malls with a prettier facade.  The strip malls that rose to popularity in the 1970s and 80s continue to provide easy access […]

Rock the Dead?  Rock Songs Becoming More Common at Funerals

Rock the Dead? Rock Songs Becoming More Common at Funerals

Back in 2008, Australia made headlines when more and more mourners began noticing that funerals have rock songs playing instead of the traditional funeral-type music. It was a new phenomenon that was, at the time, projected to begin making its way across the globe. At the time, many people were surprised by the songs people […]

How to Memorialize a Facebook Account

How to Memorialize a Facebook Account

If Benjamin Franklin were alive today, he infamous quote about death and taxes would read a bit differently.  These days he’d almost certainly have to say “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes … and Facebook.” With more than 1 billion active users, Facebook boasts more citizens than the […]

Do Teens Who Play Taps Need Legal Protection?

Do Teens Who Play Taps Need Legal Protection?

Recently, we discussed a shortage of musicians to play Taps at military funerals.  This shortage has resulted in a number of private musicians stepping up to offer their services to honor fallen soldiers.  One group of musicians who are now receiving legal protection are students who are excused from class in order to play Taps […]

Funeral Sciences Offers Job Security for Those With the Right Stuff

Funeral Sciences Offers Job Security for Those With the Right Stuff

Benjamin Franklin famously once said that “nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”  So it’s no surprise that in a time when layoffs are imminent and people are worried about where their next paycheck is coming from, the funeral services industry seems to be a secure place to work.  That’s exactly […]

Live Taps at Military Funerals on the Decline

Live Taps at Military Funerals on the Decline

If you have attended military funerals in recent months, you may have noticed a couple of them playing “Taps” through MP3 players and portable speakers.   It’s a growing trend that just does not have the same effect as hearing it live.  But it’s not all down to a progression from live to automated.  A shortage […]