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What to Do When Your Friend's Father Dies, and Other Life Crises

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 03.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

When a friend helps you through a funeral, you never forget it. Since it's unlikely that Janet Reno will be available, here are five things you can do when a friend loses a love one.

When You Should Fire Your Funeral Home

Caleb Wilde | Posted 03.12.2014 | Business
Caleb Wilde

Simply put, the expensiveness and beauty of a casket has absolutely no correlation to the amount of love you have for the deceased. If you want to buy them something nice, that's fine, but a pine box serves the purpose equally we

From Teeth to Dog Hair Sweaters to Nose Necklaces: Unique Ways To Memorialize Your Pets

Aimee Heckel | Posted 03.07.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

For a few hundred dollars, you can mold your pet's nose and turn it into a sterling silver necklace.

Healthy Grieving

Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW | Posted 03.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW

When someone you love leaves the planet, you are no longer quite the same person. Wishing to return to your old self is an exercise in defeat. Instead, recognize that you are growing into a new self. This new self will integrate love, loss and change. Life is always about change and integration.

The Dearly Departed Now Lie in Your Spam Folder

Greg Schwem | Posted 03.05.2014 | Technology
Greg Schwem

My Facebook pal Jeannie received the email several weeks ago. A close friend passed away and the service was taking place the following day. Jeannie thought about sending a sympathy card or paying her respects in person. There was just one small problem. "I wish I knew who I lost," she messaged me.

Man Wakes Up To Horrifying Surprise

www.cnn.com | Posted 02.28.2014 | Weird News

A Mississippi man wakes up in a body bag at a funeral home. WAPT's Tammy Estwick has the story. ...

Giving Yourself a Basic Education About Funeral Planning Now

Judith Johnson | Posted 02.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

If you had to plan a funeral for a loved one tomorrow, would you know what to do and what not to do? Most of us are woefully unprepared when face...

Searching for Permanence

Ari Andersen | Posted 02.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Ari Andersen

Technological advancement is considered human advancement, but somewhere along the line, we have become sloppy about keeping up with the very things that make us human. How can anything compare to the words I say as I look into the eyes of someone important to me?

Coming Home

Robin Korth | Posted 04.05.2014 | Women
Robin Korth

We were all together again. It had been many years since all of my tribe had gathered in one place. Dad had called us all home. In that, we were pleased and happy to see each other

Dad Who Shot 11-Year-Old Daughter Seeks Funeral Pass

AP | Posted 03.18.2014 | Crime

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati man charged with fatally shooting his 11-year-old daughter wants out of jail to attend her funeral. Deandre Kelley's...

WATCH: Writing An Obituary For My Mother, 'An Incredibly Awful Person'

HuffPost Live | Posted 01.25.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Katherine Reddick made headlines last August when she and her brother co-wrote a scathing obituary for their mother, detailing the abuse and neglect t...

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 11.16.2013 | 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.