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

Picture of Woody and Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story

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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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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5 Lifestyle Habits For Sustained Health

Healthy eating, exercising, weight and blood pressure control

Head To The Fountain Of Youth Everyone wants to live a long and healthy life.   According to Harvard researchers, we don’t have to go to St. Augustine to sip at the Fountain of Youth.  All we have to do is be careful about five lifestyle habits. Then, you can most likely extend your life for 10…

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Don’t Make This Common Mistake and Risk Future Coverage

Medicare is one of the most important government benefits for seniors.   But the Medicare program is complicated, and there are important decisions that every Baby Boomer needs to make.  And, the wrong decision may create irreversible harm later in life.   The reason seniors need to make decisions is that Medicare does not pay all medical expenses.  Without supplemental…

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Good News For Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts….

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I am a coffee drinker.    I don’t like my coffee straight, and I don’t care if it is gourmet coffee.  I want milk and sugar in it, and I love the different flavors of coffee that I can brew in my Keurig coffee maker. There is a potential health reason to drink coffee (other than not…

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Don’t Eat Cicadas if Allergic to Shellfish

Closeup image of a cicada on leaves. Cicadas will spend up to 17 years underground as larvae before hatching. They are known as one of the loudest insects.

Sometimes life is stranger than fiction.   A few days ago, the FDA felt the need to warn people with shellfish allergies not to eat cicadas.   I have a simpler suggestion – DON’T EAT CICADAS EVER!!! According To The New York Times… The advice from the Food and Drug Administration comes as the current group of cicadas, known as Brood…

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