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  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: Velorio del Angelito – Latin America’s Little Angels   1 year, 6 months ago · View

    Thumbnail In Chile, the death of children used to be an everyday occurrence. With poor health care and spotty access to maternal care, 120 of every 1000 children born at the start of the 20th century died, but those numbers have since dropped to 9 of every 1000 born due to the improvement of access to [...]

  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: Funerals of the Wild West   1 year, 6 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The days of Buffalo Bill, Jessie James, Wyatt Earp and Butch Cassidy are long gone but have been recounted in many western movies over the years, but how much do you know about the funerals of the Old West? These were turbulent times, with gunslingers starting duels on the streets of Tombstone, AZ, cowboys and Indians [...]

  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: How to Build a Sim Funeral Home   1 year, 8 months ago · View

    Thumbnail When most people think of funeral homes, they think of brick and mortar buildings that sit in a neighborhood to serve real families, made up of real life people. Stacey R. Lean of Fayetteville, North Carolina had a different idea however. The 24 year old mortuary student decided to use her skills in the computer [...]

  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: Jim Wilson Will Never Fly Coach or First Class Again   1 year, 9 months ago · View

    Thumbnail A woman got quite rattled at an airport several years ago when she inquired at an American Airlines desk, “Excuse me sir, is there a Jim Wilson on this flight?” She was expecting the simple response of “yes” or “no”, but instead was told, “sure thing ma’am, I’ll call baggage right now and locate your [...]

  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys Passes Away   1 year, 11 months ago · View

    Thumbnail “One of my greatest moments in music was when I worked with the Beastie Boys … Now today I’m hearing our brother is gone. I prayed this would not happen… MCA was so cool, man. We had great talks about what it was like for them in the beginning, getting into the rap game. I’ll never [...]

  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: The Omen Curse   1 year, 12 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The original theatrical poster for the 1976 horror film The Omen said “You have been warned, if something frightening happens to you today, think about it – it may be The Omen.” This may or may not be true, but to many connected to the film it certainly is true. In The Omen , the American ambassador to [...]

  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: The Importance of Shiva Traditions   2 years ago · View

    Thumbnail Shiva is the traditional seven day long period of mourning after the death of an immediate family member. Sitting shiva can help mourners to honor the dead and also help the mourners deal with their loss. Family members begin shiva immediately after burial, when they become “avel” (mourners). The family will gather in one house, [...]

  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: Soaring to New Heights for Frisbee Inventor’s Final Sendoff   2 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Have you ever used a Frisbee? If you have, then you’re quite familiar with “Steady” Ed Headrick’s famed invention. The father of Frisbee and Disc Golf also invented the first disk golf basket, designed and installed the first Disk Golf course, founded the International Frisbee Association, Disc Golf Association, Professional Disc Golf Association and the [...]

  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: Funeral Directors Fight Gang Violence   2 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The city of Detroit is the center of gun violence in the northern United States, with the highest homicide rate north of the Mason-Dixon line and east of the Mississippi. A record 6.36 murders per 100,000 people was recorded in Michigan in 2004, more than double the rate of homicide in Washington State, Connecticut or [...]

  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: The Poltergeist Curse   2 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The connection between superstition and entertainment dates back to a time far before the 1980s, back to the 1600s, when the play The Tragedy of Macbeth was in full production in the United Kingdom. Actors say that Shakespeare used real witch spells for the performance piece, leading to the cursing of the play. Actors who have [...]

  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: The Cycle of Birth and Death at Christmas Time   2 years, 4 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Santa Claus, mistletoe, Rudolph and the birth of Jesus are all things that people generally associate with Christmas, and death is certainly not one of these traditional themes. However, with over 150,000 people dying every day, December 25th is certainly not immune to death, dying and funerals. Christmas is a time in fact when death [...]

  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: Can I Be Buried on Private Property?   2 years, 4 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Burying a body on private property may be possible but requires a lot of paperwork and doesn’t ensure that the grave will be cared for by future generations. The practice of being buried on private property is an ancient one, and one that is still very common in third world countries. However, in the United [...]

  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: A Little Bit of Manhattan in Aurora Canada   2 years, 6 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The Town of Aurora, Ontario is a quiet, leafy bedroom community about 45 minutes north of Toronto, and as such it does not have much in common with the bustling metropolis of New York City, however there is a rather large, and widely unknown connection. The 1,250 foot tall Empire State Building is an American [...]

  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: Pet Loss Professionals Alliance   2 years, 6 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The Pet Loss Professionals Alliance is a committee of the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association. This association is committed to being an educational resource for its members, who include pet loss suppliers and pet death care facility operators, such as funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries. Members are dedicated to the respectful and dignified treatment [...]

  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: Funeral Traditions in Azerbaijan   2 years, 6 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Funeral services in Azerbaijan are exquisite ceremonies, which often cost well over US$1 000. This is a major problem for a country with an average annual per capita GDP of approximately US$3 000. Mourning ceremonies in the Muslim country have been getting increasingly elaborate in recent years, a symptom of trying to ‘keep up with [...]

  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: Woman Eagerly Awaits Plastination   2 years, 7 months ago · View

    Thumbnail At least one Toronto, Canada woman cannot wait for her skin to be stripped off, her body sliced open and her innards exposed for all to see. Don’t worry, this isn’t a plot for the latest horror flick, the 34-year-old has pledged to donate her remains to Body Worlds, a traveling exhibition of preserved human [...]

  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: Remembering These Russian Soldiers   2 years, 9 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Twenty-seven young men, many in military uniform, gaze out from a page on the popular Russian social networking site Odnoklassniki.ru. Many of them are smiling, looking happy and proud for getting their opportunity to serve their country. Although they all died in the army, only a very small number of them died in actual combat, but [...]

  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: Hanal Pixan: The Mayan Day of the Dead   2 years, 9 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Mayan holiday Hanal Pixan is a two day long celebration, recognized in the Peninsula de Yucatan on October 31st, when the souls of deceased children are remembered and prayed for, and November 1st, when the souls of deceased adults are prayed for and remembered. During the celebration, traditional dishes are prepared for the spirits who [...]

  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: Muslim Funeral Prayer   2 years, 9 months ago · View

    Thumbnail When the Muslim Prophet Muhammad died in the year 632, a funeral was held for him by his close family and followers. All the members of the family were gathered in a room, praying for their Prophet, who lay dead before them. Once the basic prayer was completed, Abu Bakr, Muhammad’s father-in-law and the first [...]

  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: Famous Stolen Body Parts   2 years, 9 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Maori Heads In May 2010, France’s National Assembly voted to return the mummified heads of 16 Maoris from various French museums back to New Zealand. In Maori tradition, the very tattooed heads of people’s forefathers were kept as a way to honor their spirits. In the 19th century when Europeans landed on New Zealand, a lucrative [...]

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