Archive | December, 2010

Funeral Webcasting grows in 2010-YourFuneralGuy

30 Dec
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Funeral Webcasting an innovation in 2009 has grown dramatically in 2010. This  is quite  interesting because some funeral homes are offering this service free.

A Video of a funeral can easily be posted on a FREE blog site such as or

Funeral Webcasting does provide an excellent service for those who cannot attend the funeral of a loved one

Funeral webcasts are one of the newest services offered by an industry increasingly focused on memory instead of mourning. With computer access easy to come by and cheaper than a plane ticket, webcasting is increasingly popular option at Chicago-area funeral homes.

“It’s not like it used to be, where you were raised in a community, lived in a community and died in a community,” said John Haben, owner of the Haben Funeral Home and Crematory in Skokie. “Families are spread throughout the world, and the Internet is one way of bringing them together.”

Funerals in the Chicago area have been witnessed electronically by friends and family members across North America, in Central America and as far away as the Philippines. Last month, the funeral of Cpl. Chad Young, a soldier from Rochester, Ill., who was killed in action, was streamed live to his unit in Afghanistan.

“It made us feel very good that they got to see it,” his mother, Brett, said. “I’m glad it was possible.”

In most cases, the funeral service is recorded on a high-definition camera, uploaded to the Internet and then either streamed live or posted later. The online funerals are generally kept private, with links to the webcasts sent to selected e-mail addresses.

Most funeral homes work with companies that provide the technical expertise, equipment and software to put together the webcasts.

All that’s needed to view the funeral are a computer with an Internet connection and an e-mail address, said Greg Bolan, owner of Delgado Funeral Chapels in Joliet.

Many local funeral homes charge $100 to $300 for the service, while Bolan does it for free.


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Some though find this not needed with the recording of videos on cell phones. When broadcasting video live becomes available on cell phones  this service may be quickly outdated.

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2010 was a year of mishandled Human Remains-Your Funeral Guy

29 Dec

One could argue that Arlington National Cemetery Led the way of Mishandled Human Remains in 201o. ANC was the highest visibility point of the the mishandling of human remains.

Surprisingly, the mishandling of human remains is a problem becoming apparent across the land. This problem was alive in well in 2010 and will continue in 2011.

The Army has launched the first criminal investigation into the misplacement of remains at Arlington National Cemetery after discovering the cremated remains of eight people dumped in a single grave site there.


Sevice Corporation International(NYSE:SCI) had 2010 example of wrong body , wrong grave in Massachusetts.


A Recent Example is here:

Funeral Home Shut After Giving Widower Wrong Ashes

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Funeral Scandal is as sad thing and this sort of Scandal does damage to Families and the funeral business as a whole.

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Top Three Funeral Books in 2010-YourFuneralGuy

29 Dec

There have been three great funeral books published in 2010 that can help with Funerals and your funeral cost. These book state the principles presented in Rest in Peace: Insider Tips to the Low Cost  Less Stress Funeral. The First one is A Good Goodbye by Gail Rubin a new funeral book from the USA.

A Good Goodbye will help readers design a meaningful, memorable, healing end-of-life ritual, reducing costs and confusion while avoiding family discord and stress added to grief.

A Good Goodbye will be especially helpful for interfaith families who might not know much about their own religious traditions, let alone their partner’s. The religious funeral traditions chapter can help prompt interfaith conversations.


The second one is Death for Beginners by Karen Jones. This is an effective Funeral planner and Digital Funeral Planner.

Death for Beginners makes funeral planning smart,thrifty, stress-free and funny

Written in a time-saving “grab, read, do and get on with your life” bullet-point format, Death for Beginners lets readers quickly grasp essential information, decide what issues are most important to them, and further explore these topics.


The Third is from Across The Pond  The Good Funeral Guide by Charles Cowling

The Good Funeral Guide will tell you everything you need to know and everything you need to do when someone dies.

It will inform you speedily, efficiently, matter-of-factly and thoroughly. It will enable you to:

  • decide how the body of the person who has died will be cared for and who will do it
  • make informed choices about products and services
  • get best value for money
  • read reviews of best funeral directors
  • create a meaningful and memorable funeral ceremony
  • create an end-of-life plan
  • acquire some background information about death and dying, and find out where to learn more.

Above all, The Good Funeral Guide will put you in charge.


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Your Funeral Guy Is not financially vested-  with the authors or publishers of these books.(has no financial involvement with the three 2010 books.)

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Resomation, Alkaline hydrolysis disposition to Gain International recognition in 2011-YourFuneralGuy

29 Dec
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Resomation or Alkaline Hydrolysis disposition is do to be tested in South Korea in 2011.-Image via Wikipedia

Resomation and Alkaline Hydrolysis disposition will gain international reognition in 2011. Belgium Funeral Directors have requested Alkaline Hydrolysis disposition(Resomation  in 2010. A Florida Funeral home has a Resomation Machine.

The acceptance of this new form of disposition will grow in 2011Water cremation, Water Resolution, or green cremation  are other word s for the same process.

The ‘Resomation’ process breaks down a corpse using alkaline hydrolysis instead of extremely high heat, says the ACS.

The alkaline hydrolysis method ‘has a much lower carbon footprint than cremation’ because the tissue is not burned and the process also uses an eighth of the energy required for cremation. Any dental amalgam that remains is easily separated from the bone ash and sent for recycling.

According to the ACS, Sweden and Germany will soon begin clinical tests of the Resomation process with humans who have volunteered for the procedure. Other tests will begin later this year in South Korea.


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2010 saw a water cremation machine installed in Australia

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Woman almost buried alive in Brazil-YourFuneralGuy

28 Dec

A woman was found to be alive  after hours in a Funeral home in a casket in Brazil. How can people miss the fact that someone is alive? The line between life and death is not a clear one.

A funeral home in Brazil was shocked to find an awakening surprised when prepping a woman for her burial.

Maria das Dores was declared dead on Christmas Eve, three days later she opened her eyes, hours before her funeral.

According to reports the police are investigating how the 88-year-old woman, whom hospital authorities had declared dead of hypertension and clogging of her arteries, was almost buried alive.

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2010 Saw the Rise of the Part Time(USA) Funeral Director-YourFuneralGuy

27 Dec
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Funeral Homes as a small business(USA) in 2010 saw the rise of the part time Funeral Director. With the recent  (Obama’) administration not so subtle opposition to small business,  the funeral industry decline, the rise of cremation and folks wanting to pay less for funerals  this is an expected result.

The administration  in the United States may change their position on this( small business). But for 2011 at least the rise of the part time funeral director will continue.

Over the Year I have spoken to many funeral home owners who are avoiding paying benefits(Health mainly) by using part time funeral directors.

This is consistent with documented  rise of health care rates, at the end of 2010 and the slow  recovery from the great recession.

The great Baby Boomer Die off( death trend) is not likely to occur in 2011)barring a  major national disaster or Armageddon scenario.

The use of Part Time Funeral Directors will grow in 2011 alongside the trend to lower funeral cost

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This is an original your funeral guy post, the opinion of Your Funeral Guy, and not based on scientific data.

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Death Panels issue raised by Medicare Regulation-Your Funeral Guy

26 Dec
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At your funeral guy blogs we have briefly mentioned Death Panels at other blog sites only because it appears to have been an Exercise in Political Extremism. Now through medicare regulation it appears that death panels may come into existence. This is controversial should Medicare help you decide how you should end your life?

This is a political, personal, and theological issue and is highly charged. But it is reality and must be reported.

End of life Planning is an important part of Funeral Planning.

When a proposal to encourage end-of-life planning touched off a political storm over “death panels,” Democrats dropped it from legislation to overhaul the health care system. But the Obama administration will achieve the same goal by regulation, starting Jan. 1.

Under the new policy, outlined in a Medicare regulation, the government will pay doctors who advise patients on options for end-of-life care, which may include advance directives to forgo aggressive life-sustaining treatment.

Congressional supporters of the new policy, though pleased, have kept quiet. They fear provoking another furor like the one in 2009 when Republicans seized on the idea of end-of-life counseling to argue that the Democrats’ bill would allow the government to cut off care for the critically ill.


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