Female research team studying DNA mutations. Computer screens with DNA helix in foreground

It appears that approximately 20% of unexplained sudden cardiac deaths actually have a straightforward explanation – bad genes.   You can read more about the findings of a University of Maryland Medical School researcher by clicking here and here.   But, how do you find out if you have bad genes before becoming a statistic?   This Topic Is…

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living will with pills and eyeglasses

Types Of Wills Did you know that there are at least three types of wills?   Most people don’t.   From their names, you might think that the three most common types of wills are all similar; you couldn’t be more wrong.   There is no connection between the three types of wills other than the similarity in…

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Star of David on an old headstone in an ancient jewish cemetery.

I know firsthand how much it costs to be Jewish in South Florida.   I am used to paying more for essentially everything – food, education, and housing.   Why Should Jews Pay More To Die?   We shouldn’t.  It should not cost more to bury a Jew than a Christian or agnostic.     In fact, I think a…

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Death Certificate with pen. Close-up of top of certificate

I know that this isn’t the most fun topic I have ever emailed you about, but it is still important.     Death certificates are some of the least understood legal documents in America.     What is a certified Florida death certificate? Death certificates are official legal documents issued by Florida that certify an individual’s date,…

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Yom Kippur colorful card with shofar

When you see the naked, to clothe him, And not to ignore your own kin… And you offer your compassion to the hungry And satisfy the famished creature- Then shall your light shine in the darkness,  And your gloom shall be as the noonday. (bold added for emphasis)  Isaiah, Chapter 58:6 – 58:10 So, that’s…

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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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Medical records

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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Leisure in summer - Rear of beautiful women tan relax on beach with tattoo on foot.

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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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.

I have to admit, I am shocked to be sending out another email about humans eating cicadas.   At first, I thought reports of human consumption of cicadas were a joke.  But now…I am not so sure.    Today I was emailed several “advisory opinions” written by prominent Rabbis informing me that cicadas are not kosher, were never kosher,…

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