Ed Markin , Director of Research


Ed Markin, BS, MBA, PhD, is the director of research for the Alzheimer's Disease Research Foundation and author of more than a dozen books. For the past 15 years, Markin has operated the Funeral Help Program, a clearinghouse for consumer information. He has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows and has been published or quoted in hundreds of magazines and newspapers.


Recently Published on Caring.com

How come I feel so guilty about the drugs that were administered during hospice? — Aug 16, 2015
Second guessing one's decisions in an 'end of life' situation is commonplace, but since your husband and you discussed this eventuality beforehand, you really shouldn't. I...
Why do direct cremation costs vary so drastically? — Aug 20, 2013
Cremation costs for a DIRECT Cremation are often varied due to corporate ownership, greed or one funeral home not wanting to seem 'cheap' compared to the big boys. In one ...
What Can We Do Now That Dad Is Buried and We Have This Huge Bill? — Jul 17, 2013
Not sure I understand the situation. You said you BURIED your father after cremation? if so then at least some of those charges are likely for the burial portions of the se...
Does Anyone Know of a Charity That Would Help Bury My Friend? — Jul 11, 2013
As founder of the Funeral Help Program (www.funeral-help.com) I deal with several thousand cases like this each year and Ms Peoples' offers sound advice. I would recommend...
How Do I Include My Father in My Mother's Obituary? — Jul 11, 2013
As to listing divorced parents in an obituary, it is often good to do so as it 'explains' the children's names in cases where the divorced parent has either remarried or re...
How long can remains stay at the funeral home before another can pick them up? — Apr 18, 2013
We would like to add our condolences on the loss of your brother. Ms Peoples' response is spot on. The wife cites lack of funds as the prime reason she hasn't picked up th...
How do prepaid cremations work? — Mar 22, 2011
Prepaid cremation costs will vary according to your location, the goods/services included, and the crematory or funeral home's policies. There could be an insurance policy ...
If Medicare and Medicad offer funeral benefits, are there restrictions if someone committed suicide? — Feb 15, 2011
Medicare and Medicaid vary from state to state, so for an exact answer you'll need to contact a benefits adviser in your state. That said, Medicare and Medicaid do not, as...
If you find your spouse has died, who do you call? — Jan 24, 2011
You asked 'who do I call if my spouse dies?' and the answer will largely depend upon how death occurred. If it was an anticipated death, say the spouse had in-home hospice...
How Much Does Cremation Cost? — Jan 24, 2011
In a survey of Cremation Costs last year, in a Texas community near Dallas, we found the charge for a direct cremation ranged from $710 to a high of $3820, depending on whi...