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How does one perform a bulk merge?

According to this post it is not possible to make a trigger to merge records in bulk. So the workaround to that challenge, in my simple mind, is to make a trigger that does the reparenting explicitly. There are 2 drawbacks to this that I can see. One is that I will have write a lot more code...writting code to find and update all child records seems like a lot more than simply using the merge method. The second is that if I ever add a relationship to the Contact obect I will have to add to the trigger. 


So, I am curious to know if anybody else has found a way to do this. I have a hunch about using @future, but I have a poor understanding of what that is all about.