What Makes A Meaningful Yom Kippur?

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I’ve been a Jew for a long time (a really long time).    Every year that I can remember, I have been asked what is a meaningful Yom Kippur fast? Even when I was a child, my Rabbi (and next-door neighbor) used to ask me this question, as if I knew the answer.  Years later, I became…

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A Quick Reference Guide To Wakes, Funerals, And Memorial Services

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Wake, Funeral and Memorial Service Defined Unless you have suffered from the loss of a close relative and were responsible for planning the funeral, it is very possible that you don’t know the different terms used in the funeral industry. After all, funerals are not a fun topic for casual day-to-day conversation, and why would…

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Buzz Lightyear Helps With Pushy Cemetery Salespeople

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As you may know, I am relatively new to the death services industry and not a licensed funeral director.   Unfortunately, sometimes industry veterans think that they can take advantage of me because I am a relative rookie.     This recently happened at a large commercial for-profit cemetery.   The cemetery manager, for whom I was doing…

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New Federal Rules Regarding Patient Access To Medical Records

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Learn Your Rights Healthcare providers have a legal obligation to provide access to medical records both while a patient is alive and after death.   Almost every week, I speak to a family whose loved one died, was denied access to medical records, and has no idea why their loved one passed. This is both an ethical wrong and…

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#1 Yelp Rated and Most 5-Star Google Reviews

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Affordable and Dignified Sunshine Cremation’s prepaid and at-need cremation plans are designed to be all-inclusive, dignified, and affordable.    While our plans are value-oriented, we are never “cheap” and always attempt to provide a dignified service.   These are just two reasons that Sunshine Cremation is #1 Yelp Rated and has the most 5-Star Google Reviews of…

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Don’t Get Sick In Florida!!

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Hospital Rankings Earlier today, U.S. News published its annual Best Hospitals Honor Roll and not a single Florida-based hospital was ranked nationally in the top 20.  It is surprising that Florida does not have a single hospital in the top 20, since Florida is the third most populous state in the nation and is relatively affluent.  …

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Yes, Jews With Tattoos Can Be Buried In A Jewish Cemetery

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When I was 16 years old, I decided it would be fun to convince my parents that I wanted to get a tattoo. I bought magazines featuring tattoo artists and started cutting out feature articles and leaving them around the house where my mother would notice.  At first, my mother ignored me.  But it was too…

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Solar & Wind Energy Powered Electricity

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Now is perhaps the most exciting time to be alive ever!!!   I am confident that most types of cancer will be eradicated during the lifetimes of my children, communicable diseases (such as COVID-19) will be a thing of the past, and renewable energy will become the norm (thereby reducing the cost of energy and…

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What Is Direct Cremation?

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Direct Cremation Don’t be fooled by cremation service providers making a big deal about the words “direct cremation”. There is essentially no difference between a cremation and a direct cremation. It really upsets me when I see competitors pretending that they are doing something special by providing a direct cremation.   Every cremation is a direct…

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What Is “Cremation Society”?

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What’s The Difference? Maybe there was a time in history when the words “cremation society” had a special meaning, but that time has long since gone away.   There no difference between cremation societies and other providers of cremation services.   Cremation society is a marketing term mostly meant to mislead consumers.   The term cremation society is…

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