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Historic Cemetery Vandalized Several Times
(By Dan Carrigan / ABC27: 01-14-15)
From my vantage point, the funeral industry is experiencing an
era of significant change due to primarily outside influences;
economics, shifts in consumer views about caring for our
dead, and technology are among the top.  These particular
challenges mean that we are adapting to change outside our
control and innovative/bold leadership is required to “fight the
battles” ahead.  The enemy (for sake of analogy) is the before
mentioned influences; however do we have leaders in place to
not only win the battles, but ultimately the war?  The war may
be characterized along a few fronts; remaining relevant to
consumers (of value), financially stability (funeral homes,
product manufacturers, etc.) along with the integration of
technology which is essential for relevancy and financial

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Charlie Hebdo Cartoonist Buried in Graffiti-Covered Coffin
(Evan Bartlett / Independent: 01-15-15)
Having a Funeral at Home, not at a Funeral Home
(Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press / USA Today: 01-12-15)
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Sharon Bailey’s children and grand­children
wrote messages on her cardboard casket.
Although cost was a secondary factor to
choosing something natural, Bailey’s home
funeral cost less than $1,000.

(photo: Provided by Beth Bailey Barbeau)
Bernard Verlhac
(photo:  AFP)
Adapt and Overcome; Time for Bold Leadership.
(The Funeral Commander / Funeral One Blog: 01-12-15)
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Stephanie Bradford, Robert McGuire: Cincinnati Police Department
honors two fallen officers
(Casey Weldon / WCPO: 01-15-15)
Colorado Church Halts Woman's Funeral after Photos Show She was Gay
(By Colin Daileda : 01-14-15)
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Sharon Bailey died at her daughter's home in a bed
with a dark wood headboard that she bought more
than 50 years earlier, around the time she got married.

Her daughters, Laura and Beth, gently washed her
body with soapy water. They rubbed rose-scented
salve on her skin and dressed her in brown trousers, a
brown turtleneck and a pretty pink fleece.

Under her hips and shoulders, on top of fresh sheets,
they placed small bags of dry ice.

Bailey remained there for three days. About two
dozen visitors said their good-byes to the 72-year-old
former teacher in a serene room near a bouquet of red
roses and a few candles.

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The coffin of Bernard "Tignous" Verlhac at Montreuil
town hall.

Bernard Verlhac, one of the Charlie Hebdo victims...
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A Colorado church halted a woman's funeral on Saturday
because a video of photos from her life showed she was
married to a woman.

Many people were already seated at the service for
Vanessa Collier, 33, at around 10 a.m. local time, Jose
Silva, a family friend, told Mashable. But 15 minutes later,
they were forced to pick up everything, including Collier's
casket, and finish across the street at a funeral home.
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Vandals have caused tens of
thousands of dollars in damage at the historic Harrisburg
Cemetery over three consecutive days.

Cemetery superintendent David Via said the vandals struck
Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, knocking over and severely
damaging nearly 25 tombstones and obelisks.

Some can be repaired, but others are a total loss.

Via believes the same vandals made the three separate visits.
The cemetery is offering a $1,000 reward for any information
leading to an arrest.
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CINCINNATI – The local law enforcement community is
mourning the loss of two of their fellow officers who died
shortly after announcing their retirements from the
Cincinnati Police Department.

Chief of Police Jeffrey Blackwell announced Thursday
afternoon the deaths of police specialists Stephanie
Bradford and Robert McGuire. Both officers died earlier in
the day after bouts with cancer.
Notable Tri-State Deaths in 2014- (WCPO)
We lost too many great people in the past year. Here is a group
of those who left a lasting impact on Greater Cincinnati. They
will be remembered and mourned by many in the community.
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Identifying Bodies at the Morgue is No CSI
(Liz Kelly / The Order of the Good Death: 01-15-15)
(photo:  Unknown)
Once or twice a month, my alarm clock goes off at 7 am
on the weekend, I pack a peanut butter and jelly
sandwich and a thermos of coffee, and board the green
line metro to the DC Consolidated Forensic
Laboratory.   I’m a grief counselor and I work part-time
helping people identify their deceased loved ones at the
DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Let me start out by saying that working at the medical
examiner’s office does not at all resemble an episode of
“CSI” or “Bones” lest imaginations start running wild.   
Staab family Spearheads Re-creation of Lincoln Hearse for Funeral
(By Chris Dettro / State Journal-Registar: 01-10-15)
Lincoln's Death Mask
(photo: Unknown)
 When P.J. Staab started researching the hearse that
carried Abraham Lincoln’s body to Oak Ridge Cemetery
150 years ago, he found truth in the old adage, “They don’t
make ’em like they used to.”

 Staab was asked in June 2013 if he could help locate a
hearse suitable for use in the historical re-creation of
Lincoln’s funeral planned for Springfield for the first
weekend in May.

 “I started making calls, and I started researching it,” said
Staab, whose family has owned and operated Staab
Funeral Home since 1937. And what he found was that
they started making funeral hearses differently in the mid-
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Contaminated Beer at Funeral Kills 56 in Mozambique
(The Guardian : 01-12-15)
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At least 69 people killed and 196 others admitted to
hospital after drinking traditional beer pombe at funeral.

Health authorities in Mozambique believe the contaminated
beer that killed 69 people at a funeral over the weekend
was poisoned with crocodile bile.

The government has declared three days of mourning after
the deaths.

Mourners who drank the beer in the morning reported no
illness, while those who drank it in the afternoon, fell ill, the authorities said. Officials believe the
beer must have been poisoned while the mourners were at the cemetery.

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Celebrity Deaths & Funeral Notoriety
Trevor Ward-Davies, Bass Guitarist, died at 70.
(The Telegraph: 01-15-15)
Trevor Ward-Davies, known as Dozy,
at back second from right
(photo: Getty)
Trevor Ward-Davies, who has died aged 70, was better
known as Dozy, one of the five-man Sixties combo Dave
Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich.

Noted for novelty numbers written by their managers Ken
Howard and Alan Blaikley, the group came to prominence
in 1966 with a song called Hold Tight, based on a football
chant. Their biggest hit, The Legend of Xanadu (1968),
featured their frontman Dave Dee (a former Salvation
Army choirboy and police constable) cracking a bullwhip,
What America Didn't Hear About The Death Of Elvis Presley
(Joel Williamson / Salon: 11-16-14)
Elvis Presley
(photo: Unknown)
The call came to Memphis Fire Station No. 29 at 2:33 p.m. on
Tuesday, August 16, 1977. The dispatcher indicated that someone at
3754 Elvis Presley Boulevard was having difficulty breathing. “Go to
the front gate and go to the front of the mansion,” the voice directed.
Ambulance Unit No. 6 swung out of the station onto Elvis Presley
Boulevard and headed south, siren wailing, advertising a speed that
the ponderous machine had not yet achieved.

The two medics manning the ambulance recognized the address right

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How We Confront Death in the Facebook Era
(Chris Jones: 01-08-15)
(photo:  The Funeral Source)
Social media, especially Facebook, profoundly has
changed the way we announce death and/or its imminence,
the way we find out about loss, the way we mourn, the
language we use to comfort the grieving and the status of
those who do the...
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11 Simple Ways to Create a Meaningful Funeral
(Tom Sproles: 01-11-15)
White Dove
(photo:  The Funeral Source)
When I think of the many funerals I have been honored to
be a part of over the years, my mind can’t help but
wonder back to funerals that were extremely meaningful
to the family and friends in attendance.

Obviously, planning any type of ceremony requires some
time and thought.  Many people do not feel very skilled in
this area, especially when they are drained emotionally
and physically. In an effort to alleviate some of that
burden, here are 11 simple things you can do to create a
meaningful service that will both honor the life of your loved one and help your family and friends
find meaning in the ceremony:

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On Monday we shared a link to a sneak peek of
the new funeral home reality show ‘Wrestling with
Death‘ about a family that runs a funeral home by
day and a professional wrestling federation by night.

We also shared this link on our Facebook page and
the response was horrible.

Here's what funeral professionals are saying about
new funeral home reality show...

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Funeral Professionals Already Hate This New Funeral Home Reality Show
(by CDFuneralNews: 01-14-15)
Wrestling with Death
(photo: Unknown)
Fifth generation family funeral home in PORT ST.
LUCIE, Fla has recorded 6 episodes of reality
documentary 'Til Death Do Us Part: Life With the
Conways' that is currently being pitched to television

“We like to get them to tell us a little bit about the
person who has passed away,” said Conway.

Now, they’re in the middle of telling their own story.  
The Conways are the stars of a new reality show
Florida Funeral Home Pitching Reality Show to Networks
(by CDFuneralNews: 01-13-15)
(photo: The Funeral Source)
Charlie Cartoonists' Funerals Held  
Funerals are held for four people killed in last week's
attack in Paris on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by militant
Islamists.  (Read More:
(Additional Info) Beliefs Clash at Lesbian's Funeral, Evicted from Church in Lakewood  
The eviction of a funeral mid-service at a Lakewood church could have been avoided had a
clash of beliefs between a fundamentalist pastor and a lesbian
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Indiana Jones-style, while accompanied by a 35-piece orchestra.

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being filmed on the Treasure Coast entitled “Till Death Do Us Part.”

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