This is about the Not-So-Mysterious Missing Grave of Blues Legend Robert Johnson, the guitar virtuoso associated for decades with the supernatural & Faustian Bargains. His final resting place seemed as much a mystery much of his life. But recent research found it to be in the Little Zion Church Yard, Greenwood, Mississippi.
I have observed many times over the last ten or more years that we Australians seem just too relaxed about our online and digital privacy. We have little to no reservations about leaving our personal information and photos strewn over social media and other online places. And ever more frequently it enables or assists identity theft. As if that isn't bad enough, now I am alerted to another level of ID theft; "posthumous ID theft".
Technology journalist Paul Bischof, writing for CompareITech, asks what happens when an identity is stolen after a person has passed away? Often, no one notices due to the natural grieving process and the sometimes overwhelming responsibilities that come with settling a person’s estate:
Consumers may be lulled into a false sense of security using some funeral price comparison websites according to a blog article from eziFunerals Founder, Peter Erceg. The problem is that while funeral price comparison websites may save ‘some’ money that does not correlate with the best possible deal. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has had price comparison websites in its sights for some time levying huge fines for misleading conduct.
In essence, many funeral price comparison websites make lofty claims that they compare the market and offer you a better price for the service.
Last May, in Parramatta, NSW, around 100 specialist experts in cemeteries, funeral, bereavement management & service delivery came together to workshop why and how we memorialise our loved ones, why some cemeteries and memorial gardens do it better than others, and what innovative ideas are out there about memorialisation. Here are the outcomes from the workshop