Mortuary and Funeral practices continue to evolve and society changes. Included in this article is the “Drive Thru Viewing” that is available at a local mortuary in Compton CA. We would love to hear your comments and get feedback on this trend that has started.
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Steve Jobs lived an incredible life. Much will be written about his legacy and the indelible imprint he left on this life. He is arguably one of the most visionary men of our century. He did for technology what Henry Ford and Thomas Edison had done in the previous century with industry.
Steve Jobs redefined “cross-over” appeal. People of all races, languages and cultures embraced him as the change agent he was. There has been much written about his mercurial temper and his pursuit of the next big thing.
His ability to bring disparate groups of people together via technology and his inventions far surpasses any other human being on the planet. Wouldn’t it be nice if the Democrats and Republicans could do the same? Better yet; the Republicans and President Obama?
The Silver Lining of Hope is an organization committed to stop the unnecessary killing of young black men by other young black men. From 1984 to 2010 approximately 18,000 young men both African-American and Latino have been killed in gun violence. It’s gotten to a point where the community and the clergy in the inner city have decided that enough is enough. Too many young lives were cut short by senseless acts of violence and “keeping it real.”
Too many young men who live in hopelessness and a world of low expectations are lost to the mean streets of South Central and inner cities all across America. Many of these young men are often innocent bystanders who are students, brothers, fathers and neighbors. Many are cut down before they are allowed to realize their full potential. It is the hope of many inner cities, and the south-central area of Los Angeles that if the community mobilizes it can make a difference, and stop the killings.
Between 1990 and 2000 public attention was focused on mass school shootings that
accounted for fifty-two deaths. Stunningly, during this time 840 inner city youth between the
ages of fourteen and seventeen were victims of violent deaths. According to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, homicide is the second leading cause of death for youths
fifteen to twenty-four years of age in the United States. This phenomenon becomes an even
greater concern when we consider that among African American youth, homicide is the most
common cause of death.
Therefore, the objective of this (Teplin, McClelland, Abram, and Mileusnic, 2005) was to
compare mortality rates for delinquent youth with mortality rates for the general youth
population. This work is an advancement over previous studies of early violent death among
delinquent youth since other investigations neglected to include racial ethnic minorities and
did not include females.
Death Care – Funeral homes, cemeteries, crematories and all other related services that assist families in their time of need are known collectively as “The Death Care” industry. There are several corporations that are well known in North America. A short description of each is provided here to acquaint you with them. They are all reputable death care service providers that can assist you and your family at the time of death.
Service Corporation International (SCI)
Service Corporation International (SCI) is North America’s largest provider of funeral and cemetery services, with shares traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SCI. It was founded in 1962 by Robert L. Waltrip, a licensed funeral director who grew up in his family’s funeral business and who still serves as chairman of the Company’s board of directors. Visit their website for more information,Service Corporation International
Funeral Planning – There is a trend in many markets across the country when someone plans a funeral when a loved on dies. Many are actually shocked at what it costs to bury a loved one. There are many cases where the deceased had purchased pre-need and thought that “they were covered.”
Many find out there are additional expenses; such as open and closing of the grave, memorial markers etc. So many of us avoid having this conversation only to pay dearly at the end. Instead of focusing on the many memories with our loved ones, we end up trying to figure out how to pay for it.
There has been some bad news on the economic front this past week. In recent poll on NPR, some sobering facts emerged about Americans and their personal finances. Funeral Planning is not at the top of most peoples priorities.
One in four Americans don’t have enough finances to carry them for more than one week if their paycheck stopped. Half of all Americans are not able to raise $2000 in 30 days if they had to. This is scary, considering what a funeral costs these days. Depending on the area of the country you live in, the average cost is between $8,000 to $12,000! Not cheap by any stretch of the imagination.
Everyone wants to be remembered! Burying a loved one in an unmarked grave or scattering their ashes is dispatching them into the abyss of eternity. Being able to go somewhere and visit or honor our dearly departed helps us through the grieving process. In many cultures it’s a sign of respect to our loved ones who have passed on.Tributes
A funeral planning guide can guide you on what type of memorialization you should chose. The upright monuments of a generation ago are very expensive and are not allowed due to space restrictions and machinery access. Most families go with a “flat” memorial marker made of granite or bronze. These are cost effective and give you many options in terms of styles and terms of endearment as well as affinity group symbols.Send well wishes
A Funeral planning guide will probably not have any mention of undocumented deceased burials. Obviously, there is some degree of mortality relative to undocumented individuals in the United States. Unlike their living and breathing counterparts, a deceased undocumented can and are buried in the U.S. There is no need for a passport or entrance visa to enter any cemetery or funeral home.
There are no restrictions that limit an undocumented person from buying their cemetery property on a pre-need basis. Often time’s families will prepare in advance of need because they have seen the grief and struggle from others who couldn’t cover burial costs.
Burial – When using a funeral planning guide one should consider the type of burial. The most common are traditional ground burial, lawn crypt burial, mausoleum burial and cremation.Although cremation is becoming more popular it still only accounts for 15% of dispositions nation wide. Most families still opt for traditional ground burial or lawn crypt burial if available.Burial costs will be determined by your choices and or preferences. send flowers
According to the Cremation Association of North America, almost twenty percent of people who choose a cremation do so thinking that it is a more sustainable choice, but huge amounts of fossil fuels are required, and the emissions from crematories contribute to air pollution (including about 320 pounds of mercury each year from the burning of dental fillings!).
And aside from preventing all sorts of environmental damage, ecoburials actually benefit the environment, preserving land from other development and acting as a wildlife preserve. This area is actually legally protected by cemetery legislation from any future development, ensuring the sustainability of the land in perpetuity.