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How to Find Affordable Cremation Services

Jim T. Miller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Roughly 40 percent of Americans now choose cremation, up from 27 percent just a decade ago. Here are some tips for locating low-cost services.

Death: Before My Last Exhale

Naina Kapur | Posted 11.30.2013 | Fifty
Naina Kapur

We all live with the knowledge of an inevitable death -- those of us who near middle age have likely witnessed and experienced that knowledge. And yet, when it comes, it still greets most of us with surprise.

How Do We Do Right By the Dead?

Gary Laderman | Posted 11.19.2013 | Religion
Gary Laderman

In American society today, it is difficult to offer any simply answer to the question. In the past, most Americans would likely talk about dignity and respect, and look to the church and the funeral home to help them do the right things at the time of death.

Funeral Pre-Planning: Your Final Act of Love

Nancy Cronk | Posted 11.10.2013 | Fifty
Nancy Cronk

Have we done what we need to do to protect the people closest to us who will be left behind? Are our spouses, our children, or are partners prepared to make important decisions on our behalf, and have we given them clear instructions for doing so? I

How the Occult Brought Cremation to America

Mitch Horowitz | Posted 11.09.2013 | Religion
Mitch Horowitz

While cremation possessed ancient roots, it was little known among Victorian-age Americans. Indeed, to most late nineteenth-century Westerners, the concept of cremation seemed otherworldly and even un-Christian.

A Dignified Burial At Last For Long Unclaimed Remains | Carrie Jung | Posted 08.09.2013 | Religion

On a blisteringly hot summer afternoon, about 40 people gather at the Evangelico Cemetery in southwestern Albuquerque. Deacon Pablo Lefebre leads the ...

Inside Ubud, Bali

Carolyn O'Donnell | Posted 09.29.2013 | Travel
Carolyn O'Donnell

You can't visit Bali's cultural center of Ubud and not see any art. Creativity is everywhere here, from pura (temples) to palaces, galleries to gardens, with shops and handicrafts and lovingly decorated shrines.

Death Cafe Or Sacred Conversation?

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 06.16.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Geller

To ask, as we do, how we want our bodies to be treated after death gives us the opportunity to learn what Jewish tradition has said for generations.

WATCH: Cremated Ashes Used For Fireworks?

HuffPost Live | Posted 03.15.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

HuffPost Live's Nancy Redd talks to Nick Drobnis about how he started his company Angels Flight, which turns cremated ashes into a fireworks display f...

Drupchen's Body Is a Litmus Test for Nepal

Tenzin Dorjee | Posted 05.15.2013 | Home
Tenzin Dorjee

Over the last decade, amid China's growing hegemony in Asia, Nepal has turned from a sanctuary to a nightmare for Tibetan refugees. This tragedy is embodied in the way the Nepalese government has so far responded to Drupchen Tsering's self-immolation.

Motorcycles and Cremations

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

A recent ad in the local newspaper by a Denver mortuary and cemetery called Olinger Highland together with another company's offer of a freebie that arrived in the mail, makes the whole post mortem thing enticing.

Keeping Funeral Costs Affordable

Jason Alderman | Posted 03.25.2013 | Business
Jason Alderman

The death of a loved one is always upsetting, but you may be able to ease your family's emotional and financial burdens by planning ahead.

The Inevitability Of Death

Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.24.2013 | Religion
Jaweed Kaleem

As much as the constant of death remains the same, how we think about it, how talk about it and what we do after it continues to change.

LOOK: Transplant Survivor Holds Her Heart In Her Hands

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 03.01.2013 | Good News

The photograph of a beaming transplant patient holding her old, diseased heart in her hands has been lifting spirits across the Internet. "This is ...

How to Save Money by Donating Your Body to Science

Jim T. Miller | Posted 01.24.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

With little money to spare, I'm looking for a cheap way to die and have heard that donating my body to science is free, not to mention it benefits medical research. What can you tell me about body donations?

Cara Santa Maria

Ashes To Ashes And Dust To...Diamonds? | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 11.12.2012 | Science

You know they say nothing's certain in life, except death and taxes. Well, I have no interest in helping you with your taxes, but have you ever though...

Song for My Father

Doug Bradley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Doug Bradley

My father's voice was like an instrument and I loved it, loved listening to it, especially in the shower when he would catch just the right echo, just the right timbre, the acoustics so perfect that it sounded like he was singing a duet or was on stage in a 1940s nightclub.

The 8 "Must Dos" Of Funeral Planning

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 12.15.2012 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Most people in the bereavement industry are compassionate individuals who truly care about those whom they serve. However, as with any other business, the bereavement industry also has its fair share of "undesirables."

David Lohr

Father Devastated By Lost Ashes Of Murdered Son | David Lohr | Posted 10.19.2012 | Crime

While the loss of a child is difficult for any parent, a Missouri man's heartbreak was recently doubled when his murdered son's remains were lost by t...

A Bucket Of Ashes

Deborah Gaines | Posted 09.25.2012 | Fifty
Deborah Gaines

I recently got custody of my father's remains. This is a challenge for several reasons. First, the urn itself is two feet high, even though its contents would fit neatly in a half-gallon paint can. My stepmother felt that "a big man should have a big urn," and no one was in the mood to contradict her.

David Lohr

Casey Anthony Reportedly Wears Caylee's Cremated Remains Around Her Neck | David Lohr | Posted 07.03.2012 | Crime

Casey Anthony is reportedly wearing a constant reminder of her daughter, Caylee – a necklace that contains cremated remains of the deceased two-year...

I Turned My Dog Into a Knickknack

JJ Keith | Posted 08.19.2012 | Healthy Living
JJ Keith

Bernie's cancer went into remission, and he survived to meet my daughter. Then, amazingly, he held on to his remission to meet my son 20 months later. But living that long wasn't easy on him, and it took its toll on us, too.

Father's Portraits Made From Ashes and Meth

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 07.31.2012 | Arts

Human ashes and illegal powdered substances are not typically the go-to ingredients for works of art. At least not works that make it into reputable g...

The Death and Dying Series Part Three: Transforming the Culture of Death in America

Judith Johnson | Posted 04.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

It may sound peculiar, but there are some very exciting things happening where death is concerned in America. The momentum of change in how we view and respond to death is building in many sectors of society as we transform our culture of death.

Cremations On The Rise Due To Struggling Economy [WATCH]

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 12.14.2011 | Business

The economy is forcing households to cut back in many ways -- including how they rest in peace. Americans chose cremation in 41 percent of deaths ...