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With the recession closing in on some of us like a dark cloud, some people are going to extreme measures to save money.  The newest money saving tactic is backyard burials.  Check out the random ridiculousness known as Death Midwives: 

The cost of a death midwife, as some of the coaches call themselves, varies from about $200 for an initial consultation to $3,000 if the midwife needs to travel.

Jerrigrace Lyons, was asked to participate in the home funeral of a close friend, a 54-year-old woman who died unexpectedly in 1994. Ms. Lyons was initially frightened at the prospect of handling the body, but she participated anyway.

The experience was life changing, she said, and inspired her to help others plan home funerals. She opened Final Passages in Sebastopol, Calif., in 1995 and said she has helped more than 300 families with funerals. Weekend workshops for those interested in home funerals have a waiting list.

This leads us to ask how low would you all stoop to save a pretty penny?


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