More and more baby boomers are taking life -- and death -- into their own hands, choosing to plan celebration of life parties with clear instructions of how they want to be honored, instead of leaving their families to plan a funeral.
Every year in America, 2.5 million people die. In 2011, the last year for which numbers are available, 42 percent were cremated. That’s double the rate of just 15 years ago.
With cremation rates at 42 percent in the U.S, burial alternatives are a growing business. A look at Eternal Reefs, a company that's taking burials overboard...literally.
At Aurora's Indiana headquarters, 200 sets of hands touch every one of the 160,000 caskets that go through the assembly line each year. CNBC's Tyler Mathisen explores a company that thinks inside the box.
The National Funeral Directors Convention & Expo is chance for nearly 400 vendors to show off the latest and greatest in how to lay someone to rest. CNBC's Tyler Mathisen gets the lowdown on a high-tech cremation alternative.
From colorful fluids to makeup, Arapahoe Community College Mortuary Science Professor Martha Thayer shows CNBC's Tyler Mathisen the ins and outs of embalming.
They're not majoring in math or music -- but mortuary science. Meet Hailey Matthews and Michael Perez, two future funeral directors who think they have what it takes for a career in the death business.
Funeral directors say most of their time isn't spent with the dead, but with the living, serving the needs of loved ones. Horan & McConaty's Chuck Bowman describes the most surprising request he ever had.