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.
Filed under: Cemeteries, Death & Dying, Hospice on March 30th, 2009 | 2 Comments »
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.
Filed under: Alternatives, Death Care News, Funeral Arrangements on March 26th, 2009 | 1 Comment »
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:
Filed under: Death & Dying on March 23rd, 2009 | No Comments »
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.
Filed under: Hospice on March 19th, 2009 | No Comments »
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?
Filed under: Death Care News, Estate Planning, Other Legal Matters, Wills & Estate Planning on March 16th, 2009 | 2 Comments »
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.
Filed under: Alternatives, Death & Dying, Funeral Arrangements, Plan Your Own, Traditions on March 12th, 2009 | 1 Comment »
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?
Filed under: Hospice, Insurance Plans and Hospice Care, Wills & Estate Planning on March 9th, 2009 | 5 Comments »
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.
Filed under: About Tombstones, Cemeteries, Funeral Arrangements on March 5th, 2009 | No Comments »
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.
Filed under: Cemeteries, Death & Dying, Death Practices, Funeral Arrangements, History of Funerals, Traditions on March 2nd, 2009 | 1 Comment »