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By: William Spence
Monday, June 21, 2021

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What happens if I die away from my hometown?

Although it is seldom that death occurs when traveling for business or pleasure, it occasionally happens.  The short answer to the question is, “Call the funeral director of your choice in you...

The thing about “Closure”

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What happens to money I pre-pay if you are no longer in business or you sell your business?

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Children and Grief

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The coroner is a county government official who is elected by county residents by typical voting procedure. Although the office is usually held by physicians or, sometimes funeral directors, all ci...

Are vaults required in Pennsylvania?

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What is “preplanning” and how does it benefit me?

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GoFundMe for Funeral Expenses

An unexpected loss can be devastating—not only emotionally, but also financially. Many people turn to GoFundMe and other platforms to raise money for funeral costs because they feel stuck. But usin...

“Grief is just love with no place to go.”

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Is embalming required by law?

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