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Counties deal with more unclaimed bodies

...collecting in morgues because families cannot afford to purchase caskets and hold burial services. The National Funeral Directors Association estimates the cost of a funeral to be $7,323, excluding flowers, cemetery, monument or marker costs...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2009/09/07/met_547238.shtml
Metro
Lasting art

...cremations have increased recently, so there's been a rise in demand for funerary urns.According to the National Funeral Directors Association, 30 percent of services included cremation in 2005. By 2010, that number is expected to rise to nearly...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2007/03/04/liv_118603.shtml
Baseball to offer funeral products

...Davidson-themed caskets to ones featuring the cartoon character Betty Boop. Kurt Soffe, a spokesman for the National Funeral Directors Association, said the baseball products are part of a trend of trying to capture "the life and the passions of the...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/10/19/bas_101135.shtml
Baseball
Small funeral homes allowed to unite to buy cheaper caskets

...percent of the cost of an adult funeral, and the association adopted measures to reduce antitrust risks. A National Funeral Directors Association survey showed that in 1997 more than half of their customers chose an 18-gauge steel, velvet-lined...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1999/01/13/bus_250026.shtml
Business
Tony Randall, Emmy-winning 'Odd Couple' star, dies at 84

...but they'd be turned away, because his family knows he didn't like them. During a speech to the National Funeral Directors Association, he said funerals should be planned as a celebration of life and "a touch of humor doesn't hurt a...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/05/19/ent_416036.shtml
Things to Do
Rumors of preacher cut to fit coffin appear true

...fits, but the best solution is usually a longer casket, said Doggett Whitaker, a past president of the National Funeral Directors Association.. "Just being upfront and honest with the family is the best path to take," he said. He said bodies...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2009/04/04/met_517182.shtml
Metro
Body parts business has few regulations

...S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York proposed a bill to bar funeral homes from tissue deals but the National Funeral Directors Association successfully lobbied to kill that provision. Little tissue procurement takes place in funeral homes...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/06/14/liv_84308.shtml
Life & style
Burials in wilderness offer simplicity, peace to families

...Green burials are simply another alternative for families, said Robert Biggins, a spokesman for the National Funeral Directors Association. "The essence of a funeral service is to celebrate life. If that reflects a person's values, then...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/09/13/met_428415.shtml
Metro
Funerals in the home make a comeback as people seek simpler services

...every way that we can," said Kurt Soffe, who runs two Utah funeral homes and serves as spokesman of the National Funeral Directors Association. That includes putting cremains on a rocket and launching it into space, making the cremains a part...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/05/12/liv_415336.shtml
Life & style
Funeral directors see change in customers' wishes

...with personal relationships with the families we deal with," said Mark Musgrove, the president of the National Funeral Directors Association. Then, there's the issue of cost. Mr. Slocum said the average cost of a U.S. funeral now ranges...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/02/22/bus_405429.shtml
Business