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Cremations, Funerals, Life, Death and Everything In Between

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Scammers Can Clone Your Voice

By Mark Sunshine | Mar 22, 2023

Just imagine you are at home and the telephone rings…it’s your grandson calling, and he says he is in big trouble, and you need to send him money for lawyers and bail.  He is a good kid and has never been in trouble before.   The Newest Scam The most recent scam is faking your grandson’s…

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A Feel-Good Apple Story With A Happy Ending

By Mark Sunshine | Mar 20, 2023

This is a very personal story for me that fortunately ended well.   My History I was born with severe congenital heart defects that, in the middle of 2021, resulted in more than 14 hours of open heart surgery.  The operation affected something called the “bundle branch.”  The bundle branches are part of the heart’s electrical…

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Another installment in our “Believe it or not” series

By Mark Sunshine | Mar 13, 2023

After years of searching, I have finally discovered the most annoying gift ever!!!   I have tested it on my wife, and the results are in – she says that our 35th year of marriage may be our last. So, I consider the test “a success,” and I believe with just a few years of marriage…

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Getting Married? 8 States Allow Dogs to Officiate

By Mark Sunshine | Feb 13, 2023

I am a dog owner, and our furry friends are part of our family.  Also, I am happy and proud to say my oldest son is getting married in October (he and his fiance live in Colorado and are getting married there).   Your Dog Can Serve As A Wedding Officiant So, I started doing a…

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Gel Manicures Are Not Safe

By Mark Sunshine | Feb 1, 2023

In yet another installment of my “believe it or not” series, I was surprised to learn that the drying process used in most gel manicures causes cancer.   I have never had a manicure and have little idea of what a gel manicure is. I have been told that it is the current “best quality” type…

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Honest Hospitals Vs. Dishonest Hospitals

By Mark Sunshine | Jan 25, 2023

Apparently, many poor-quality hospital executives are graduates of the “Vladamir Putin School of Propaganda,” where they were taught that if a bad fact isn’t reported, it can be ignored.   So What Facts Are Some Hospitals Conveniently Forgetting To Report?  According to a study by the University of Michigan Medical School, many hospitals routinely underreport strokes…

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What You Need To Know About Dementia

By Mark Sunshine | Jan 23, 2023

The Number Of Americans With Dementia Will Likely Increase According to a new study published by the University of Michigan Medical School, approximately one-half of older Americans die with a diagnosis of dementia listed on their medical records.  That is up from 36% two decades ago.   Using data from 3.5 million Americans over the age…

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Embalming Is Not Needed Before Cremation

By Mark Sunshine | Jan 21, 2023

No, It Is Not! Embalming is not needed before cremation.  What Is Embalming? Embalming is a method of preserving a dead body with chemicals. During embalming, the embalmer flushes out the blood and replaces it with a chemical solution to prevent decay and the spread of disease. Embalming also changes the appearance of the body…

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Nursing Homes: Who Is Financially Responsible?

By Mark Sunshine | Jan 9, 2023

I am willing to bet that everyone receiving this email knows of a family financially obliterated by the cost of nursing home care for a loved one.   But did you know that family members cannot be required to pay for a relative’s nursing home care?   And, did you know that it is illegal for nursing homes…

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