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Casket Retailer's Expansion Into Malls Challenges Funeral Industry

Tanya D. Marsh | Posted 02.16.2014 | Business
Tanya D. Marsh

A recently released survey of funeral homes indicates that 75 percent of funeral homes mark up casket costs between 1.5x and 2.5x from wholesale to retail.

My Mandela

Tom Rogan | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Tom Rogan

I never had the privilege of meeting Nelson Mandela. Yet, like so many others, I feel like I knew him.

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.

The Decorative Boulder

Lillian Daniel | Posted 12.21.2013 | Religion
Lillian Daniel

At the conclusion of a graveside service, I said goodbye to the family members who were in silent prayer after they had buried their loved one. My car...

Torn Between Two Women

Dr. Lawrence M. Schall | Posted 11.17.2013 | Fifty
Dr. Lawrence M. Schall

The grave they had dug was snuggled right next to the love of his life for certain, but the wrong one.

My Friend's 'Living Wake'

Victoria Oldridge | Posted 05.20.2014 | Impact
Victoria Oldridge

Here was someone speaking about her life-and-death battle, while her concern rested on the happiness of the guests at her impending wake. At her "celebration" there were no speeches and no tears, only quality one-on-one time.

Funeral Planned For Conn. Slave Who Died In 1798

AP | JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN | Posted 11.12.2013 | Black Voices

WATERBURY, Conn. — A slave who died more than 200 years ago in Connecticut but was never buried was given an extraordinary funeral Thursday that...

A Tisket, a Tasket, I Bought a Costco Casket

Jena Kingsley | Posted 11.10.2013 | Comedy
Jena Kingsley

Next time you are buying a flat screen TV and tree trimmings for Christmas, get yourself a non-emotional or non-threatening casket.

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

Is It Possible To Be Late For Your Own Funeral?

Posted 08.23.2013 | Black Voices

We all know at least one person who would show up late to their own funeral. The well-known saying is meant to be hypothetical, but in the case of 50-...

How To Have The Final 'TALK' With Your Children

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 10.16.2013 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

Neither of us had looked forward to this FINAL TALK. We had prepared ourselves for questions that might be confrontational, challenging or just plain uncomfortable to answer. They never happened.

Grief Intelligence: A Primer

Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW | Posted 10.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW

Those who expect grievers to eventually get back to their old selves, will be quite disappointed. Grief, like all major life experiences, changes a person irrevocably.

Prayer at the Funeral of Someone Who Committed Suicide

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 09.21.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

No prayers are adequate. In truth, there are no words for such a situation. And so we -- clergy, friends, and loved ones -- usually think, "What am I supposed to say?"

The Homegoing Business

Danielle M. Bennett | Posted 07.19.2013 | New York
Danielle M. Bennett

As a kid, raised between Yonkers and Harlem, Davis recalls four funeral homes on the next block. Today, there's only one. The number of black residents is shrinking, and "people coming into the neighborhood don't avail themselves of the professionals that are here," Davis says.

Regrets From the Last Days With My Mother

Lauren Kahn | Posted 09.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Kahn

Whether we're able to consciously or subconsciously reason away our regrets or not, it's best to be prepared to experience them when we're dealing with a loved one's end of life. No matter what, there will be regrets.

The Best July 4th Memory

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 09.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Imagine we lived every day with such awareness. July 4th is one opportunity. What enduring memories will you create this year?

WATCH: Documentary Explores African-American Funeral Traditions

Posted 04.24.2013 | Black Voices

In Harlem, 62-year-old Isaiah Owens is known as "Fix Em," for his ability to repair dead bodies ravaged by disease, mishap or violence; in the forthco...

Lifestyle? How About Deathstyle?

Ann Medlock | Posted 06.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Ann Medlock

Joan showed me shapes and I chose favorites, she painted pictures of how the symbols could be used. I picked a palette of colors I love. She asked me to come to an early firing, and I put one of the pots into a tiny kiln filled with pine needles. It wasn't lost on me that there were ashes involved.

How I Arrived 37 Years Late for My Own Mother's Funeral

Jackie Morgan MacDougall | Posted 05.26.2013 | Women
Jackie Morgan MacDougall

It took years to finally bring my children to visit "Nana Janice." Maybe I was afraid to cry, afraid to feel too much in front of others. Maybe I was conflicted, feeling that my grief could be seen as disloyal to the mother who gave me a second chance.

How to Recycle Yourself

Diana Bletter | Posted 05.13.2013 | Science
Diana Bletter

Want to save money and contribute to mankind? Recycle yourself. Yes, why not? Just as you recycle plastics and papers, you can sign up to recycle your body and use it for medical research.

"Cheap Funeral and Good Party": An Amazing Final Gift

Tom Gerdy | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Tom Gerdy

Although we still had some hope, we knew the end was getting close as she penned her final messages to us. The first was "Go get beer and pizza on me." The second was "I was lucky to have all of you." As we got ready to leave the hospital, my mother gave us her last gift.

No Easy Answer for President Obama on Hadiya Pendleton's Funeral

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 04.07.2013 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The push for Obama to attend Pendleton's funeral begs the question of whether he has a special obligation to appear at every victim of violence's funeral. The answer is no.

We Cannot Stop Until Children Stop Dying From Gun Violence

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Although the U.S. accounts for less than 5 percent of the global population, Americans own an estimated 35 to 50 percent of all civilian-owned guns in the world. We can free our nation of this scourge of gun violence.

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Dealing With Death: The Growing Home Funeral Movement

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 02.21.2013 | Religion

A little over five years ago, Alison and Doug Kirk held their 9-year-old daughter's hand as she lay on a futon in their Nashville living room, told he...

What Music Do You Want To Be Remembered By?

Felice Shapiro | Posted 03.22.2013 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

Who thought planning your own funeral could put a smile on your face? When I started asking friends about music they'd like to be remembered by I got an earful, so I thought I'd pass along some of their requests.