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February 1, 2014

Final Stop on the Tour… choices to be made.

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Show #115

 


Heather Hammond, one of Radio 4 the Ages former long time weekly co-hosts joined me in studio today. Heather is now an occasional co-host as she is the Program Manager of the Parkinson Association of the Carolinas. Her responsibilities in that position don’t allow her the time to spend with us on a weekly basis.

Our topic for this show, if you can’t discern it from the title, is how to choose what you want done with your remains after your spirit and soul have departed your body. Traditional funerals, with embalming, calling hours, and interment in a casket, in a concrete vault, in the earth are on the decline. And cremations are definitely on the increase.  By 2025 it is estimated that creamations will be the choice of nearly 56% of Americans. Shockingly, more than 60,000 tons of steel and almost 5 million gallons of embalming fluid are buried along with mortal remains in the U.S. each year!

And yet, despite the topic, Heather and I managed to share some laughs along the two hours.

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