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Class action begins today against cemetery in Tennessee

A class-action lawsuit will begin a hearing today in a Tennessee court involving disturbing allegations that the remains of hundreds of people were mishandled. Opening statements are expected from the lawyers representing relatives about 1,200 deceased, who claim the remains … Continue reading

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Funeral board decides to tighten rules after tragic mixup, resulting in accidental cremation

A funeral board in Nova Scotia has decided to tighten rules after a woman was accidentally cremated during a tragic mixup of bodies. The Nova Scotia Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors also decided to revoke the licence of funeral … Continue reading

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New Zealand seniors form Coffin Clubs to have fun and save money

Here’s a good news story for a change. New Zealand seniors are forming Coffin Clubs to build their own coffins, adding their personal style with paint and other decorations for when the time comes when they might need to use … Continue reading

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U.S. survey reveals biggest funeral chain’s prices were “significantly higher” than independent rivals

  The largest funeral chain across Canada and the U.S., Service Corp International (SCI) has recently come under scrutiny. A report done this year by the U.S.-based Funeral Consumers Alliance and the Consumer Federation of America found that median prices … Continue reading

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The sad but inspiring story about the life and death of John Shields

The New York Times recently published a great story about the life and death of former B.C. union leader John Shields, who was tormented by an incurable disease. It details how, with the help of his family, friends and his … Continue reading

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Metro Vancouver woman furious after father’s body moved from Delta Hospital morgue by funeral home without family’s consent

Vancouver radio station CKNW recently brought another case to light of a local funeral home removing a body from the morgue of Delta Hospital without the family’s permission. Sherry Smallwood told senior reporter Charmaine de Silva that she never hired … Continue reading

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You Could Pay Thousands Less For A Funeral Just By Crossing The Street, says NPR series

National Public Radio recently aired a two-part series on the U.S. funeral industry, finding that funeral homes often make things confusing for consumers by not listing prices for services online so people can shop around and compare prices. This is … Continue reading

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