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Working With the Living to Honor the Dead

Adrienne Green: What inspired you to go into funeral work? Bob Arrington: When I was 7 years old, my grandfather died and I was living in Milan, Tennessee, and something just clicked. The gentleman that owned the funeral home was my next-door neighbor, and my elementary school was across the street from the funeral home.

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I Went To My Own Digital Funeral

A few weeks ago, I went to my own funeral. Or at least a simulation of my own funeral. I was sitting in an auditorium, alone except for a trim young man in a black suit, who walked up to a lectern and began speaking. “Good evening,” he said.

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Dead spaces: Architects rethink the afterlife

Designed to be discreet, they are usually cold and depressing utilitarian concrete boxes, tucked far away from the land of the living. But architects around the world have begun to embrace death, designing symbolic structures that exude beauty, peace and a sense of intrigue.

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Funeral Industry Seeks Ways to Stay Relevant

News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. As more Americans opt for cremations, funeral homes branch into ‘multisensory’ rooms, weddings and upscale services As more Americans choose cremation-often dispensing with the need for caskets, burial plots and dreary rituals-the funeral industry is reinventing itself.

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