The fear of being buried alive may be an ancient obsession—Pliny the Elder recorded cases among the Romans in his Natural History, written in 77 CE. But the golden age for this particular phobia was the Victorian era, when a sensationalist press met a public fascination with death (and some spotty science) to create a cottage industry of books and inventions devoted to premature burial and, most importantly, its prevention.
Over the past few weeks, there have been a number of news reports and social media shares regarding notable obituaries. These obituaries are notable and thus newsworthy because they deviate from the more traditional obituary. They contain social or political messages either from the deceased him/herself or from the deceased’s family. The messages are directed towards the general public (or at least the readers of the obit) and are intended to either relay the deceased’s position on a social issue or to warn against a social harm, and then in both cases to encourage specific action.
Over the past two years, 2,072 people have completed one the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association’s three cremation certification programs: Crematory Operator, Cremation Arranger or Crematory Administrator.
Trigard is excited to announce the transformation of their Trilogy® and Reflection® urn vault covers. The updated designs make it easier for families and funeral homes to see the relationship between their burial and urn vaults. Plus, the Trilogy Simulated Stone urn vault now gives families the option to honor a loved one with a personalized Appliqué, much like the Trilogy Simulated Stone burial vault.
Scammers and identity thieves prey on all types, but some of the most vulnerable—and often targeted—by those criminals are senior citizens. From convincing “reverse mortgage” ads to aggressive calls claiming to be from the government, here are some of the most common scams directed at seniors, and how to avoid them or help your relatives avoid them.
AP Lazer has evolved the funeral industry, and people are starting to notice. While demonstrated at Lansing Center’s Michigan Funeral Association convention from May 12 to 13 2015, it became the talk of the show.
CG Labs Inc. announces the appointment of Simon Rothwell of Warwick, England to their Board of Directors and Vice President of CG Labs, Europe.
CG Labs Inc. announces the appointment of Simon Rothwell of Warwick, England to their Board of Directors and Vice President of CG Labs, Europe. CG Labs, Inc. is a DNA services company that has a proprietary (Patent Pending) process of extracting DNA from a non-invasive cheek swab or hair sample and binding the DNA to a substrate which will last indefinitely at room temperature.
Matthews International Corporation (NASDAQ GSM: MATW) (“Matthews” or the “Company”) today announced that the Company has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Aurora Casket Company (“Aurora”) from Kohlberg & Company. Aurora is a well-respected manufacturer and distributor of caskets and other products to funeral homes across the United States. In the year ended December 31, 2014, Aurora’s revenues were $142 million with adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) of approximately $21 million.
While it would be alarming for a taxi driver to be asleep at the wheel, Victor Perez Cardona’s final trip is the one exception. After the Puerto Rican taxi driver died of cancer at age 73, his family honored his final request over the weekend by propping him up in a spot he occupied for the last 15 years of his life: The driver’s seat of his cab.
Getting coffee in my town is tough. I’m not what you would call a coffee snob necessarily; however, I do have my standards. It can’t be bitter, old, or resemble Valvoline; in fact, I actually prefer espresso. My love affair with espresso has painted me into a coffee bean corner, practically forcing me to choose my local gourmet coffee house for my morning refreshment. So what’s the problem? Local coffee houses are the best! Well, yes, except the local java spot near my home.