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Funeral Processions and Police Escorts - Who Gets Them and Why?

Funeral Processions and Police Escorts – Who Gets Them and Why?

Funeral processions are a fairly common occurrence in small towns, suburbs and cities alike.  While we are all used to seeing funeral processions, sometimes we see them accompanied by a police presence.  This has led to a number of questions about why some processions have this added feature and others don’t.  Many people think it’s […]

Five Lives Snuffed Out on Friday the 13th

Five Lives Snuffed Out on Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th has long been associated with bad luck. This association was ingrained in our culture long before the Jason Vorhees and the infamous Friday the 13th movie franchise. The fact is that it’s hard to determine the true spark for connecting Friday the 13th with bad luck. There are a handful of theories […]

How Modern Tragedies Are Causing a Spike in Hearse Demands

How Modern Tragedies Are Causing a Spike in Hearse Demands

With the recent rash of mass shootings and other public tragedies across the United States, industry experts have noted an increase in demand for hearses and other funeral cars.  Many bloggers and commentators spend their time looking for a common denominator while others stay focused on what can be done now to help bring people […]

A Hearse for a Pet Funeral?

A Hearse for a Pet Funeral?

Pet funerals are becoming more and more popular these days. With people treating their pets more like family members, they mourn the death of a pet just as much as the death of a human loved one. One Pennsylvania-based cemetery recognizes that emotional connection and is offering funeral services and burial for pets. The Jefferson […]

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 […]