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Military, Veterans Not Laughing at Funeral Selfie

Sat, 31 May 2014 11:38:46 +00002014-05-31T11:38:46Z

Two Wisconsin National Guard members recently learned the hard way that posting funeral selfies online could cause serious repercussions.

In February 2014, a photograph of 14 National Guard members clowning around a U.S. flag-draped casket appeared on social media. At the time, these individuals were in Arkansas receiving training in order to serve as part of a special military funeral honors unit -- the group that performs solemn ceremonies, such as folding/presenting the American flag, at the funerals of service members killed in action or for honorably discharged veterans.

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Bier vs. Beer

Thu, 29 May 2014 12:46:12 +00002014-05-29T12:46:12Z

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The variety of products aimed at the wallets of "pet parents" is already dizzying, but beer for dogs? Seriously?

A friend asked me recently if I'd heard of a beer for dogs called "Bowser Beer."

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Volunteer Buglers Help Honor Deceased Vets

Fri, 16 May 2014 12:09:53 +00002014-05-16T12:09:53Z

For more than 13 years, thousands of people from across the United States have volunteered their time and talents to help provide a moving tribute at the funerals of deceased military servicemen and -women. But the not-for-profit organization behind this noble effort to honor our veterans could use your help.

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Gold Star Pins Available for Military Families

Tue, 13 May 2014 12:10:43 +00002014-05-13T12:10:43Z

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The U.S. Department of Defense offers Gold Star lapel buttons (pins) for surviving family members after a loved one dies during active service in the military. The pins are considered symbols of honor and convey the nation's gratitude for the men and women who pay the ultimate price while serving their country.

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School Kids Punished for Attending Funeral

Wed, 30 Apr 2014 12:04:27 +00002014-04-30T12:04:27Z

The death of a loved one is difficult enough, but imagine returning from a funeral and discovering your child's school not only considers his or her absence unexcused but might also expel your kid. That's exactly what one family in England faces right now.

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Why in the World Would You Rent a Casket?

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:44:45 +00002014-04-23T12:44:45Z

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We rent cars, vacation homes, and even clothing, such as tuxedos for weddings and shoes for bowling. But why on earth would anyone rent a casket?

Most Americans do not realize that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulates the sale of funeral goods or services in the United States. Known simply as the Funeral Rule, these regulations specify the type of information and disclosures that funeral service providers must make available to consumers in order to protect the latter from unscrupulous business practices.

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U.S. Trails on Bereavement Leave

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:17:00 +00002014-04-21T13:17:00Z

Despite setting the bar in many areas concerning fair labor practices and worker-friendly regulations, the United States continues to lag behind other developed countries in one key area: mandatory bereavement leave for employees.

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Does Cryonics Mean Heaven Can Wait?

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:54:30 +00002014-04-15T12:54:30Z

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A new documentary film offers an inside look at Michigan's Cryonics Institute and raises a challenging question: Have human beings actually discovered a way to cheat death?

Ever since Robert Ettinger, an American physicist, proposed the idea in 1962, the concept of freezing dead human beings at extremely low temperatures in order to, hopefully, revive them later and cure whatever ailed them has faced skepticism and even scorn. Despite its dismissal as the stuff of science fiction, the bodies of more than 100 people -- including Ettinger and baseball legend Ted Williams -- currently reside in "cryostats," cylindrical devices that keep the remains frozen at the temperature of liquid nitrogen, roughly -160° to -174° Celsius (-320° to -346° Fahrenheit).

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National Healthcare Decisions Day 2014

Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:21:03 +00002014-04-01T11:21:03Z

According to a 2006 survey published by the Pew Research Center, 95% of Americans have heard of a living will, which specifies the medical treatments that someone wants/doesn't want at the end of life. Unfortunately, less than a third of the U.S. population has actually created one (29%) according to that survey.

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Why Bother Attending a Funeral?

Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:55:18 +00002014-03-31T12:55:18Z

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Given life's hectic pace these days, it's easy to rationalize that attending a funeral ranks less important than [INSERT REASON HERE]. The next time you catch yourself tempted to skip a funeral or memorial service, remember these six reasons why you should make the effort.

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