Tuesday, December 15, 2009

8 little known facts about death..

Little known Fact About Death #1
No American has officially died of 'old age' since 1951, when the government eliminated that classification on death certificates.

Little Known Fact About Death #2 ~
At least one place (in India) doesn't bury their dead. They leave the dead bodies sitting out to be consumed by vultures.

Little Known Fact About Death #3 ~
In the 19th century, Egypt had such an excess of mummies that they started using them as fuel for trains engines.

Little Known Fact About Death #4 ~
Approximately 100,000,000,000 people (that's 100 billion!) have died since humans began.

Little Known Fact About Death #5 ~
Eighty percent of people who die in the United States die inside of a hospital.

Little Known Fact About Death #6 ~
Queen Victoria insisted that she get buried with the bathrobe of her long-dead husband, Prince Albert. She also took a plaster cast of Albert's hand with her to the grave.

Little Known Fact About Death #7 ~
A Swedish company called 'Promessa' now offers an ecological burial. They freeze-dry your body in liquid nitrogen, then pulverize it with high-frequency vibrations, and then put your powdered remains into a cornstarch coffin. It all decomposes within six to twelve months.

Little Known Fact About Death #8 ~
American dead people are not very environmentally friendly. Burials in the USA put 827,060 gallons of embalming fluid (formaldehyde, methanol, and ethanol), into our soil each year. Meanwhile, cremation pumps dioxins, hydrochloric acid, sulfur dioxide, and carbon dioxide into the air.


When are you most likely to attend a funeral?

Have you ever heard of the phrase death comes in three? Well I was doing research and found when death is most likely.

Winter is deaths favorite season. January had many more deaths than any other month (220,000). It was followed by March, April, and December. (February would have been second if it had had 31 days instead of 28). The month with the least deaths was September (178,000), followed by June, August, and May.

Also most people die on a Monday and most people are killed when it is a full moon.

Also I found out where most people die, which is a little more ovious than time..

Seventy-seven percent of U.S. deaths took place in some kind of health-care facility. These include the 48 percent of U.S. residents who died as hospital inpatients, 9 percent who died in emergency rooms, 3 percent who were pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital, and 17 percent who expired in a nursing home. Just 20 percent of U.S. residents died in a private home, and percent died in other places.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Heres the link

here is the link to the customized websites..


What more can you pimp out

Ive been searching the internet for all things quirky about funerals, deaths and everything in between. I did see that people have pimped out hearses but I have recently found that people are making casket fashionable, with the tag line, "you'll die to get in one." I saw a Tommy Hillfiger casket, steel engine casket, American war veteran casket and a casket that even looks like a cell phone. Before it was between steel and copper. Now a person can choose any shape or design?

I feel this could be another way society is trying to make fun of death. Would you crack a smile if if someone you were burying had a customized racecar casket? People live everday expressing themselves, why stop when your dead?

Funeral joke of the day

I found this joke on jokesaboutfunerals.com

A new business was opening and one of the owner's friends wanted to send him flowers for the occasion. They arrived at the new
business site and the owner read the card, "Rest in Peace."

The owner was angry and called the florist to complain.

After he had told the florist of the obvious mistake and how angry he was, the florist replied, "Sir, I'm really sorry for the mistake, but rather than getting angry, you should imagine this: somewhere there is a funeral taking place today, and they have flowers with a note saying, 'Congratulations on your new location.'"

Night Watcher

As I said before my dad has finally let me work at the funeral home. As he gave me choices to what I could exactly do, one of them stuck out in a bad way. It goes back to a time when there was no cell phones and someone had to stay over night to answer the phone if it were to ring. He asked me if I would ever think about being that person. I responded absolutely not!

When I was younger I heard my aunts and uncles telling their experiences of working the night shift and it did not sound fun. They reported random noises coming from the back hallway or things being misplaced with in a minute of it being there. One of them even had to call the police because of the noises they were hearing. And that is why I just asked to make coffee!

12 easy steps...

If you are looking to do something but not sure how to do it, eHow is your website. for fun I thought I could find instructions on how to plan a funeral and I did. Check it out!

Step 1) Meet with the other principal mourners to discuss their wishes and preferences. Find out if the deceased left any instructions regarding the funeral. Discuss religious preferences and how much money the family is willing to spend.

Step 2)with a religious leader or a funeral home if you would like help with any of the details, including location of a burial site or disposition of ashes, casket or cremation container selection, transportation, legal issues, flowers and music.

Step3 Choose the site where the funeral will take place. This is most often a church or temple, but it could also be a funeral home or at the graveside. (You may also decide on a more informal memorial service.)

Step 4) Select someone to conduct the service. This could be a religious leader, funeral home personnel or a friend of the family.

Step 5) Appoint pallbearers if you are having a formal funeral. Pallbearers can include special friends or business associates of the deceased, though the funeral home can usually provide them if there are no preferences.

Step 6) Assign someone to give the eulogy. Typically, the family will choose a family member, religious leader or close friend. Contact the person who will give the eulogy as soon as possible to give him or her time to talk with the family and organize notes for the service.

Step 7) Consider including music in the service. Choose a piece with special meaning for the family, perhaps having a family friend be a vocalist or instrumentalist.

Step 8) Choose flowers for the service. What is appropriate depends on the family's wishes and the amount of money it wishes to spend.

Step 9) Place an obituary in the local newspaper announcing the date, time and place of the funeral.

Step 10) Consult the funeral home about having printed programs for the funeral service. Get input from the family regarding their design.

Step 11) Buy a guest book for guests to sign as they arrive, if one is not provided.

Step 12) Coordinate all of the above with the funeral home, which will arrange to transport the coffin to the funeral, remove the coffin to the burial site, or take care of other details as requested.