Types of Cemeteries

Are you a genealogist or a social historian? Do you like spending time in cemeteries, looking at the headstone artwork or searching for dead ancestors? Then, it might help to learn a bit more about the types of cemeteries you may encounter. According to Silent Cities: The Evolution of the American Cemetery, cemeteries have eight different classifications:

New Reports: Caregivers, Doctors and Patients on Dying

Nearly two-thirds of Americans [PDF] believe the law should empower terminally-ill, competent patients to choose how they will end their lives. Yet, the AMA’s (American Medical Association) outspoken opposition to aid in dying has been cited by the Supreme Court and influences lower courts, state medical societies, and most important, legislatures.

Open Courseware on Death and Dying

Do you want to learn more about aspects of death and dying, but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for a college course? Take advantage of open courseware, then. These courses, offered by major universities, government entities and businesses, are courses offered online. While they offer little to no credit, they’re free and you can learn at your own pace.

Finding the Living Among the Dead

My daughter and I traveled to Wales in 2005 to find my third great grandfather’s grave. When we found it (after extensive research before our trip), we purchased some local flowers and left those flowers and a note attached to those flowers for anyone who might visit the grave later. If someone visited the grave, they may be a relative, even if distant.

Historic Funeral Traditions: The Jazz Funeral

Of all the times I traveled to New Orleans, I never witnessed a jazz funeral. The only so-called “jazz funeral” I’ve seen was in Nassau, Bahamas in 2005 during a archeological study course. Considering the similarity in much of the history between the two cities, I could have been standing along the Mississippi River that day instead of the Caribbean Ocean as mourners filed past, swaying to the tune, “Nearer My God to Thee.”

What is a Holographic Will?

What would be on your mind if you were trapped, alone and near death? If you did not answer, “my last will and testament,” then either you already have a will or you don’t have enough assets to worry about. Being in a situation where you are near death hardly allows a valid will to be written – which is one reason why you might think about getting one together now instead.

Historic Funeral Traditions: Islamic Funerals

If you’re a fan of funeral traditions, you may quickly learn that many traditions are similar, no matter the origins or the faith. Some funeral traditions ban embalming, while others require embalming for a long-standing tradition of visitation and wakes. Other traditions may frown at cremations, while other individuals seek cremation today as a less expensive alternative to the American traditional funeral.

Why You Might Need Long-Term Care Insurance

Most people associate long-term care with the elderly. But, long-term care also applies to the ongoing care of individuals who no longer can perform tasks independently – no matter the age. These activities of daily living, also called ADLs, include bathing, dressing and eating. The inability to conduct an ADL includes illness, injury or a cognitive disorder.

National Nursing Home Survey Just Released

This new report presents an overview of the nursing homes and residents surveyed in the 2004 National Nursing Home Survey (NNHS), the seventh in a series of periodic surveys of nursing homes conducted since 1973 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, Division of Health Care Statistics.

Cemetery Preservation

Many cemetery associations have formed recently to help preserve and restore old and currently-used cemeteries. For many, older cemeteries are like outdoor museums, revealing much about the neighboring area’s culture and history. For others, preservation becomes a means to deter vandalism and the effects of Mother Nature and human pollution.