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1862- Samuel Colt
1917- Buffalo Bill Cody
1971- Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel
1982- Paul Lynde

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Jan 3
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Senator, died at 95.

Jan 2
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(b. 1920) country musician
(Grand Old Opry), died from
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stroke on Christmas, at 94.

Jan 1
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Military Families in Largest Ever Bereavement Study Share Insights on
(By DAVID CRARY/ The Associated Press: 01-04-15)

With his wife and child close at hand, Army Maj. Chad Wriglesworth
battled skin cancer for more than a year before dying at age 37.

"It was long and painful and awful," said Aimee Wriglesworth, who believes
the cancer resulted from exposure to toxic fumes in Iraq. Yet the 28-year-
old widow from Bristow, Va., seized a chance to recount the ordeal and
its aftermath to a researcher, hoping that input from her and her 6-year-old
daughter might be useful to other grieving military families.

"To be able to study what we felt and what we're going through, maybe this will help people
down the line," Wriglesworth said.

By the hundreds, other widows, widowers, parents, siblings and children are sharing accounts of
their grief as part of the largest study ever of America's military families as they go through
bereavement. About 2,000 people have participated over the past three years, and one-on-one
interviews will continue through February.

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Why is Your Playground on Top of a Cemetery?

Why on earth did you put a playground on top of a cemetery?

You know, we hear that a lot. And the answer will surprise you.
When you're thinking about building a playground for kids,
your first inclination might be "let's not build this on a 200-year
old cemetery." But in our case, we thought differently."

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Being Friends with an Undertaker: 10 Things You Should Know- COAFD
(Caleb Wilde / Confessions of a Funeral Director)

One.  We’ll Disappoint You

I suppose every friend will disappoint you once in a
while; but funeral directors will probably do it more
often.  We might miss your birthday party, we might
have to leave in the middle of dinner.

Death has this way of keeping an untimely schedule.  
And as death’s minions, we’re tied to that schedule.  
Whether it be in the middle of the night, or in the middle of your wedding, when death calls, we
have to respond.

Two.  We Might Ask You to Help Us on a Death Call or on a Funeral

Every once in a while, we need some help at work.  And don’t be surprised if we end up calling
you.  Most of my friends have helped me once or twice on a death call.  One specifically
(ADAM!!!) refused to help, which is fine … even though I was willing to pay him.  If you don’t
want to go on a death call with your funeral friend, you can use Adam’s line, “No amount of
money is enough to touch a dead body.”  Fair enough

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Residents Hope Neglected Cemetery Can be Restored
(Cheryl Eddy)

London's Cross Bones Graveyard dates back to the
medieval era, and is the final resting place for some
15,000 paupers, prostitutes, and other "outcasts,"
including children and infants. Despite a colorfully
decorated gate, the run-down lot hasn't been accessible
to the public. That's about to change.

There's been a recent approval of plans to install a
three-year, temporary memorial garden on the site.

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How to Plan a Memorable Memorial Service (courtesy of Irina Jordan)
(Irina Jordan: 01-04-15)

A memorial service is intended to give meaning to a
person’s life. It is a wonderful opportunity for family and
friends to gather and remember their loved one while
offering support and comfort to one another.

Here are a few suggestions on planning a memorable
memorial service.

 Pick a place to have it. Think of places that you and
your friends and family would be comfortable. It doesn't
have to be a funeral home.

 Think of who you’re going to invite. Don't feel obligated to invite...

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26 Funeral Personalization Ideas to Try in 2015
(By Rochelle Rietow of funeralOne: 01-07-15 )

It’s a new year at your funeral home, which makes it the
perfect time to set new goals that will help you wow your
families like never before.

And let’s be honest, if amping up your personalized services
isn’t one of your goals, it darn well should be. Thankfully,
we’ve got just the thing you need to get off to an amazing

Check out these 26 awesome funeral personalization ideas to try in 2015. With so many ways to
be inspired, you’re guaranteed to offer your families a life celebration they’ll never forget!

Set the stage

The Baby Boomers see funerals as a “crowning performance”, and that means you’ve got to set
the stage for them to celebrate life. Create an uplifting ambience for your families that will help
them feel comfortable and happy and trust me,  that makes all the difference. Here are a few
ideas to get you started:

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