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    Though prices at funeral homes can differ greatly, here are some average price ranges for basic services to help you get a sense of how much things cost.
    • Basic services of funeral director and staff: $1000-$2500. This expense is non-declinable, but price may vary.
    • Embalming: $400-$700. It is never legally required.
    • Other preparations of the body: $200-$400. This may cover makeup, hairdressing and putting the body in the casket, and is an add-on to embalming; the cost may be higher if an autopsy has been performed.
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    To find a religious cemetery, which is a non-profit cemetery that is owned by a religious organization, the best place to start is usually with your local church, synagogue or mosque. The leaders there will probably have a number of local cemeteries that they can recommend. They may be able to help you coordinate with a cemetery or may be able to sell you space in that cemetery.
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    Whether cremation is allowed in Judaism depends on the degree of orthodoxy of the deceased. For orthodox Jews, cremation is not acceptable and the body should be buried, intact, in the ground. While cremation is opposed by conservative Jews, a conservative rabbi may still perform a funeral for a person who has been cremated. However, in most conservative communities, the rabbi will not be present for the interment of the ashes. For reform Jews, however, cremation is becoming an increasingly common practice, and most reform rabbis will willingly perform a funeral and interment for someone who has been cremated.
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    Most funeral homes offer combined goods and services, or “packages.” Goods refer to burial products or cremation products, like a casket or an urn; services refer to work that the funeral home does for you, such as preparing the body or arranging transportation on your behalf. 

    According to the Funeral Rule, you have the right to accept a funeral home package, or to accept only some of the goods and services offered in a package and reject others. If a funeral home offers you a package of goods and services with a single price, rather than an itemized list with each service and product individually itemized, know that you legally have the right to request an itemized list.
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    Cash advances are fees charged by the funeral home for any goods or services they may purchase on your behalf from third-party vendors. These goods and services can include:
    • Cemetery or crematory charges
    • Compensation for clergy or other service officiants
    • Musicians, including organists, pianists and soloists
    • Car rentals, including limousines and police escorts
    • Obituary-filing costs
    • Flowers
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    The drug company[AA1]  Eli Lilly sponsored a study of 345 patients in three Italian cancer centers’ treatment rooms. The great majority of patients preferred art on the walls instead of white, sterile walls. They preferred, in order of preference:
    • Nature landscapes (most popular)
    • Animals, especially pets
    • Scenes of everyday life
    • Portraits
    • Urban landscapes
    • Abstracts
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    Healing art is a category of art that refers to photographs and paintings that hang on the walls of hospitals and other healthcare settings to nurture and uplift patients, caregivers and visitors.Patients who have healing art to look at heal faster.  Nurses and visitors also benefit from healing art on the walls of patient rooms, waiting rooms and corridors traveled by patients during their stay.
    Art has the power to transport us, transform us and transcend our day-to-day issues. Yet when one is fighting a disease like cancer, art may also be an effective form of medicine. When we have a relative or close friend in prolonged hospital confinement, we are reminded how important it is to improve the atmosphere in patient rooms and healthcare interiors.
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    Your baby may need one or more chest tubes in the NICU, especially if he had chest surgery, has a pneumothorax (air or gas in the membranes surrounding the lungs), or has fluid accumulation in the membranes surrounding the lungs. A chest tube is a tube inserted in the space between the ribs and the lungs. Its purpose is to drain excess air or fluid out of the chest to allow your baby’s lungs to expand, which will help him breathe easier.
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    The old myth that stitches should be kept dry arose in the days when silk sutures were used. When surgeons switched from braided silk to single strand nylon material in the 1970s, they should have realized that wounds could now get wet after surgery. But it wasn't until the late Joel Noe, M.D., published a simple but landmark study in 1988 that the instructions changed. Noe showed that there was no difference in the infection rate or quality of the scar if the wounds were allowed to get wet.
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    How Are Pediatric Surgical Instruments Different from Regular Surgical Instruments?
    The instruments used in pediatrics are smaller and can operate in a smaller space, says Kelly Kogut, MD, in pediatric general surgery at Sunrise Children's Hospital. Learn more in this video.