Cremation By The Numbers

Posted on February 6th, 2020
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For more than 20 years, the Cremation Association of North America has been tracking deathcare numbers. The next annual report will be released in May — if it’s like the last few years, cremations will continue in what has been called a Rapid Growth Phase. In 2002, the cremation rate in the United States was 28.2%. The […]

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Dr. Maureen Keeley Explains the Language of the Dying

Posted on January 29th, 2020
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In their classic, Final Conversations — Helping the Living and the Dying Talk to Each Other, Drs. Maureen Keeley and Julie Yingling write: “Death and taxes are the only guarantees in life, and yet taxes are far easier to talk about. Death has become a taboo topic in our society.” Taboo, that is, until it […]

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Carol Channing: Almost at Rest

Posted on December 30th, 2019
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When Carol Channing passed away at the age of 97 last January, her publicist, B. Harlan Boll, and a group of her associates set about fulfilling her dying wish — that her cremains be sprinkled in the alley between the Curran and Geary theaters in San Francisco. She had been raised in that area and […]

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A Prescription for Trouble

Posted on November 20th, 2019
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“Washington is such a strange place. You stand up to say something in Congress, nobody listens and then everybody disagrees.” Those comments from Will Rogers, made almost 100 years ago, still apply today — except on one subject, prescription drugs. Politicians and voters agree in overwhelming numbers that the cost of drugs is too high […]

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The Unsinkable Elaine May

Posted on August 1st, 2019
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Elaine May, at the age of 87, is still working without a net over unpredictable, hostile territory. After sixty-five years in show business, she continues to break through glass ceilings of chauvinism, ageism and corporate political prejudice.  Barriers insuperable to others, but not to the relentlessly determined May. Remember, in 1971, she was only the […]

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