Pre-Need Funeral Planning in the News: What You Need to Know the Most

By Gail Rubin The New York Times and the Huffington Post in Canada just ran separate articles on pre-need funeral planning. I hope this prompts more people to take action and actually plan ahead for this inevitable life cycle event. Smarter Living (and Dying!) The New York Times Smarter Living section ran Want to Plan for Your Death and Funeral? Here’s How on February 20, …

Embalming: Reasons Not To Avoid Funeral Planning

By Gail Rubin Embalming is one of the “ickier” aspects of funerals that keep people from considering funeral planning in advance. That’s a shame, because no state laws require embalming. It comes down to the question of viewing. The advent of embalming, and its use during the Civil War, changed the course of funeral practice in the United States. It …

Funeral Planning For Those Who Don’t Plan to Die

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By Gail Rubin In America, death is often regarded as the classic Monty Python routine about the Spanish Inquisition. “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition! Our chief weapons are fear, surprise, and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope.” Despite the fact that humans have a 100% mortality rate, we don’t expect to die. If you don’t expect to die, you’re …

How to Write an Obituary with a Twist

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Announcing the death of a loved one to the community is not a new idea. In fact, small announcements have been made in America since the 16th century. It wasn’t until the 1800’s though that newspapers began reporting longer, more traditional obituaries that laid the groundwork for this important practice today. Even though we’ve been writing and publishing such announcements …