How much does it really cost to die? You might be surprised

Funeral costs have increased a staggering 827 percent in the last 50 years.

Une Belle Vie has released this helpful infographic on the true cost of death. The infographic illustrates how much funerals, memorials, cremations and other death care options costs have risen from 1960 to 2010. It also provides the breakdown cost between burials and cremations and their impact on the environment. (Infographic)

 

 

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Latest in Green Burials Involves Freezing Your Corpse Terminator-Style in Liquid Nitrogen

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Freeze drying is one of the greenest ways to go.

There are a lot of ways to deal with a person’s body after he or she is done using it. Their last remains can be buried, burned, put in trees, or donated to science. But one Swedish company has a different approach to sending people off to their final rewards. Freeze drying. Just like the liquid T-1000 in Terminator 2. It turns out to be one of the greenest ways to go.

 

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Microsoft Employees Celebrate iPhone and Blackberry Funerals

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Microsoft employees celebrate release of Windows Phone 7.

These people work at Microsoft. To celebrate the release to manufacturing of Windows Phone 7—which means it’s now market-ready—they took the streets carrying a dead giant iPhone and BlackBerry, followed by a parade. Update: And they danced Thriller. (Video)

 

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Funeral Home Offers Drunk Drivers FREE Burial

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The owner of a north Georgia funeral home has quite a deal if you plan to drink and drive on New Year’s Eve. Sign an agreement, and you can qualify for a free burial.

It’s a freebie that no one has signed up to accept.

“In today’s society, you have to go to the extreme sometimes to get their attention,” says Barry Miller, owner of McGuire Jennings Miller Funeral Home in Rome.

Using 3D Technology To Make Personalized Urns

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Having “John’s head” on the mantel for all times seems a bit creepy

You just never know sometimes where technology will make an importance in someone’s life or just be an oddity. For instance, we present to you the Personal Urns from Cremation Solutions. This is not that typical wooden box or metal urn that you would dump your loved ones’ ashes into – instead Personal Urns with the help of good photographs and 3D technology is now offering to make an urn shaped like the head of the deceased.

Personal urns are a new and unusual way to memorialize your loved one.

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Free Funerals from Laptops Direct

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Here’s an interesting marketing idea…

“In these difficult credit-crunch times we understand that it’s not easy to give your loved ones the send off they deserve. With funerals costing up to $15000 it makes sense to get help. That’s why we’ve put together this unique sponsorship package, giving you the opportunity to cover all your costs.”

“We will help you pay for some, or all of the funeral expenses, depending on the package you choose. We have a range of subtle and tasteful sponsorship positions available throughout the service each bringing you a contribution cost. Please note that in order for us to be able to offer this service we do require a minimum of 50 mourners, this ensures we will get the exposure required to cover the cost of the sponsorship.”

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Pay-Per-View Service At Crematorium

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A new “pay-per-view funerals” service will enable bereaved friends and relatives to watch proceedings on their computer screens if they cannot pay their respects in person.

Critics believe the webcasting of ceremonies from a suburban crematorium in the UK to the world is macabre. But from today, Southampton crematorium will begin the £75-per-family service.

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