Hospice Care, Funerals and Cemeteries on Twitter

Do you use Twitter? If not, you probably wonder what the Twitter fuss is all about. If you’re using Twitter, you may think that those who don’t use it just don’t “get it.” Whether or not you use Twitter, you might be surprised to learn that this social media tool has penetrated the death care industry.

Downsizing the Traditional Funeral

People expect the liquor industry, films and other forms of ‘entertainment’ to do well during a recession. These businesses offer individuals a way to escape reality, even if it’s for just an hour or two. But, who knew that the funeral industry would receive attention during this economic turmoil? A brief look through recent news articles brings some interesting perspectives to this death care field.

Religion, Death and Dying

The Los Angeles Times recently ran an article that talked about how religious belief drives some patients to fight for life, while others suffer more at the end of life because of their religion . The main character in this article is Holly Prigerson, director of the Center for Psycho-oncology and Palliative Care Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and the study’s senior author. The entire article is summed up in the final paragraph from that piece:

Three Killer Diseases Designed for Palliative Care

Today’s top killer diseases in the United States include heart disease, cancer and stroke. Men and women both are susceptible to these diseases, which cover such ailments as coronary artery disease, heart failure, heart rhythm disorders, all types of cancer and ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes. These diseases, once developed, often are fatal.

Online Asset Management before Death

Many topics about death care cover tangible items such as hospice, health, burials and funerals. And, almost everyone concerned with a death also is concerned with wills and asset management. Tangible assets include homes, property and other things you can touch and see. But, what happens to a person’s Web assets when they die?

The Pros and Cons of Green Funerals

My brother, who is into an extreme green lifestyle, reminds his family occasionally how he’d like to die. He wants to trip into the great beyond while traipsing in the woods. Then, he wants no one to find him for a good three months or more.

Alternatives to Long-Term Care Insurance

You may decide that long-term care insurance (LTCI), or insurance that provides for long-term care after you can no longer work, is not for you. After all, you may never use the insurance, it’s expensive and not everyone qualifies for the insurance. But, what are your other options to LTCI?

Memorials to Veterans and How to Obtain One

Monuments and lasting tributes to veterans did not occur until during and after the American Civil War. Before that time, most markers were made of wood with hand-carved inscriptions. Bodies of warriors, if they arrived back home, were buried in family plots. In some cases, veterans were interred in hospital plots or left in shallow graves where they were slain.

Superstitions about Death and Dying

Did you shiver when you saw the image at left? You may know, in your head, that the odds of dying on Tuesday are slim to none (we hope!), but superstitions are hard to shake sometimes.