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Japan’s funeral industry booms with high-tech solutions for ageing population

  Photo: A woman prays at one of Japan’s “skyscraper graveyards”.  (Reuters: Toru Hanai) Japan has the oldest population in the world and in the next 50 years it is set to shrink by 40 million, leading to its end-of-life industry booming. Almost all Japanese people get cremated and have […]

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Longtime GM mechanic gets Cadillac of funerals

DETROIT — Lee Randall lived and breathed Cadillacs. On Wednesday, the 70-year-old mechanic took his last ride in one — a black Cadillac hearse — from Roth-Muir Funeral Home in Romeo to his final resting place at Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Randall worked at different Cadillac dealerships in metro Detroit but spent […]

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Helping Someone Help Their Family

I got the chance to help a family pre-arrange their funeral last week. It was a new customer in a new town, in a new state and I was able to help them go through our paperwork and premiums. It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten to spend time actually writing a contract and get back into the process of helping families directly. It was nice and rewarding. I had to knock of some off some of the rust – but the whole process flowed along just as it should and everyone walked away feeling good about what took place. With that being said – I wanted to post an article we published in our Security National Life Newsletter sometime ago about helping families. I hope you like it.

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With Cancer Looming Over Him, This ‘Superhero’ Wrote an Obituary That Will Keep People Laughing for Years to Come

VIA.   Unbeknownst to a lot of us, the superhero world just suffered a tremendous loss. Aaron Joseph Purmort passed away this week at the age of 34. Before his death, he was able to sit with his wife Nora and craft an unusual and interesting obituary. It was published, in […]

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As cremations rise, cemeteries rethink land use

CINCINNATI — At 71 years young, Lois Griswold of Wyoming is starting to get her “ducks in a row.” Griswold isn’t facing imminent challenges to her health and vitality, but she and her husband, Gary, 67, recently visited Arlington Memorial Gardens in Springfield Township to identify a ground burial alternative. “It’s […]

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Death on the Internet: The Rise of Livestreaming Funerals

VIA Funeral Guy’s Bow Tie. It’s 11 o’clock on a Tuesday morning. Usually at this hour, I’d be stepping out of my office for an absurdly early lunch, but not today. Today, I find myself leaning into my computer screen in the most isolated corner of The Atlantic‘s kitchen, hoping that no […]

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7 Motivational Tips to Survive in Sales

via. To make motivation a daily part of your life, you need practice and perseverance. Below are seven ways to stock your motivation toolbox. Use these tools daily to keep your spirits and goals on track. 1. Accept where you are. By accepting your own abilities and working within your […]

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11 Fascinating Funeral Traditions From Around The Globe

Article originally published. The funerals I’ve attended have all been very much the same. Relatives and friends arrive in all black and take seats in the church or synagogue pews for a somber ceremony where prayers are said, memories are shared and tears are shed. The attendees walk slowly out […]

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Lessons Crowdfunded Funerals Can Teach Us

What happens when you combine a lack of transparency in pre-planning, record high funeral costs and a general fear of discussing mortality in the U.S.? A lot of people trying to scramble together funds for an unexpected funeral. Traditionally, when a family loses a loved one, everyone hands over their […]

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