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The death of the funeral: Will they be obsolete when millennials pass?

The way we approach death in our society is changing. Fewer people are opting for a traditional embalmed-body funeral, instead choosing informal and personal celebrations. More than half of all people now choose cremation over burial, up from just 28% in 2002. Part of this change is cost—with a traditional burial averaging $9,000, but there is more to it than that. People want the process to express their own values, which are more informal, less religious, and more environmentally conscious than past generations.

 

Many are now also considering donating their body to science. More than 140,000 people have pledged to donate their bodies through the world’s largest donate your body to science program, Science Care, with numbers rising every month. Part of this shift is a matter of cost, as donating your body to science is free, and many providers, such as Science Care, will return the donor’s ashes to loved ones within three to five weeks upon completion of the scientific and medical studies.

 

Donating your body to science also aligns closely with many of today’s cultural values:

  • Make the world a better place than we found it
  • Advance medical science by helping discover new treatments
  • Help those who are ill or suffering
  • Train doctors on new techniques
  • Reduce our environmental footprint
  • Provide medical research and training for current and future military service members

 

The shift in funeral practices is likely to accelerate, as Baby Boomers come to the end of their lives and Millennials reshape mainstream culture to their own circumstances and values. A recent Deloitte study, for example, shows Millennials have an average net worth of a mere $8,000 and are waiting longer to marry, have children, and buy their first homes – leaving them with limited income to plan for retirement and end-of-life. Add to that the continued decline in their attendance at religious services and a greater demand for relevance and authenticity, and it seems likely that traditional funeral may one day be a thing of the past.

 

For more information on how to pre-register to donate your body to science, go here.

Inside the Human Body. It’s Complicated!

Did you know that each adult human body is estimated to have more than 46 miles of nerves and over 60,000 miles of blood vessels? Or that the brain alone has approximately 100 billion nerve cells? Or that just one foot is made up of 38 bones, 30 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments which all have to work in unison just to allow us to walk?READ MORE

Hospice Heroes Program

How we honor the heroes in hospice

In recent years, the in-home care industry’s turnover rate has skyrocketed to 65.7 percent. One of the main reasons, according to a study from the Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care, is hospice professionals are not receiving the emotional support they need to carry out their critical, yet exhausting work.

 

As the leader in whole body donation, Science Care is closely linked to the hospice industry, and sees firsthand the impact hospice organizations and professionals have on patients and their loved ones, not to mention the undeniable pressure and emotional burden experienced by those involved. As such, the company partners with hospice and healthcare networks across the country through its Hope Program to help terminally ill patients leave a lasting legacy through whole body donation.

 

Providing relief and peace of mind, the Hope Program offers no-cost pre-screening for patients in hospice care to know with certainty whether they meet current research criteria to donate their bodies prior to passing. As a result, the program not only provides peace of mind to the patient, but also to their family and healthcare provider that a plan is in place in the event of death. By immediately stepping in after the time of passing, Science Care lends comfort to the family while also alleviating the duties of the hospice professionals, so they can focus entirely on helping the family heal during such an emotionally devastating time.

 

To demonstrate its deep appreciation for hospice care professionals Science Care has proudly launched its first-ever Hospice Heroes Awards Program, which honors hospice professionals throughout the U.S. for their unwavering commitment to their emotionally taxing and complex vocation. The merit-based awards program calls upon hospice organizations and the friends and family of those who have had a loved one in hospice care to nominate individuals deserving to be recognized for their tireless and honorable work.

 

For more information on how to nominate the Hospice Hero in your life, visit Hospice Heroes Awards

What Exactly is Posttraumatic Growth?

You may be fairly familiar with the term or diagnosis Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). The National Institute of Mental Health describes this as a recurring flight or fight response stemming from an earlier scary, traumatic, dangerous, or shocking event. It has become a pretty common term in our culture recently and affects about 7.7 million Americans each year. READ MORE

Shifting Trend Towards Cremation in the Funeral Home Industry

According to a recent article in time.com, almost 1 in 2 Americans were cremated in 2015, surpassing burial rates for the first time. Time Magazine states that according to the Cremation Association of North America, the cremation rate for 2015 was almost 49% nationwide, compared with an estimated burial rate of 45%. This is quite amazing when you consider that just 35 years ago, the cremation rate stood at around 10%. READ MORE

Gene Therapy – The Future of Medicine?

Gene therapy is an experimental method of fighting disease that involves correcting or replacing a person’s mutated or malfunctioning genes. This promising research is now being used in clinical trials and may lead to improved health outcomes for patients with inherited bleeding and immune disorders as well as some forms of blood cancer and other diseases.READ MORE

How To Keep Your Liver Healthy

The liver is a part of the digestive system, but it plays a crucial role in many critical body functions. Most people don’t realize the importance of liver health until problems force them to go to a doctor. A healthy liver is crucial for your overall health. Poor liver health could be silently degrading your overall health long before symptoms become apparent.READ MORE

Seniors and safety

10 Devices for Keeping Seniors Safe at Home

It is perfectly understandable for you to want to live at home during your golden years. Traditionally, doctors, caregivers and family members have met the idea of elders living at home with justifiable trepidation. Their worries included safety concerns such as the senior’s mental health, adequate physical health monitoring, medication punctuality and emergency response time in case an accident should occur. Today, many of these concerns have been addressed or outright eliminated by the ingenious application of new technologies. READ MORE

Brain Research

The Human Brain – The Next Biological Frontier

Guest Post -Deborah C. Mash, Ph.D. (Founder and director of the University of Miami Brain Endowment Bank™).

The brain is the next biological frontier. In the past twenty years, we have learned more about the brain than in all human history. The study of the human brain is essential for ensuring our health and wellness across the lifespan.READ MORE

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