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Columbarium conundrum
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Columbarium conundrum

The realization that  57% of cremated remains are not accounted for by means whereas the deceased can be memorialized into the future has caused some church communities to wonder if their ministry can help address the needs of the community that would lower this number.  According to this article in the Rancho Santa Fe Review, 35% of cremated remains are buried at a cemetery and about 8% are placed in columbariums.  The remaining 57% are returned to the family or […]

Cemeteries and their problems
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Cemeteries and their problems

Over the last couple of years of writing the daily article for Funeral Director Daily one of my routines is to continuously search for information that might be of interest to those in the funeral, memorial, or what is now being called the “Death Care” space.  In doing so, I have came across many articles, and written about some of them, which deal with problems of cemeteries moving forward. In general, those problems stem from one of two areas.  Number […]

Cemetery upkeep, price changes, and use
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Cemetery upkeep, price changes, and use

As we close out this Christmas week we thought we would share with you some information on cemeteries that we noticed in the news this week. Our first news story and video comes to us from New Orleans and deals with the Lafayette Cemetery Number 1, which is being closed to visitors for the next six months to do maintenance to the cemetery.  The cemetery features above ground graves and tombs and over the years the vast amount of concrete […]

A dog-gone fun cemetery
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A dog-gone fun cemetery

I really enjoy learning about history. . .and United States history is even more interesting to me.  If you like learning about United States history you will be happy that I am sharing this article that I found pertaining to Washington, DC’s Congressional Cemetery.  You can access the article here. First of all, I learned that Congressional Cemetery is not just for Congressmen or Congresswomen.  Matter of fact, I learned that it is not even a government owned cemetery. The […]

Bodies found at the Alamo. . . thefts of bronze vases
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Bodies found at the Alamo. . . thefts of bronze vases

The Alamo in St. Antonio, Texas, was the site of the famous “Battle for Texas Independence” back in 1836.  It was a 13-day epic battle with the forces of the Mexican nation and where it is believed that Texas pioneers and frontiersmen Davey Crocket and Jim Bowie met their mortal fate. What many people don’t realize was that the Alamo was a church or a mission on the Texas frontier at the time.  It is in the middle of a […]

It’s Wreaths Across America Week
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It’s Wreaths Across America Week

As a child and even as a young funeral director, I distinctly remember a plaque in our family funeral home that stated, “Show me the manner in which a nation cares for its dead and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender mercies of it’s people, their respect for the laws of the land, and their loyalty to high ideals“. That quote is attributed to Sir William Ewert Gladstone, Prime Minister of Great Britain beginning in 1868.  It’s something […]

Cape Town appeals for cremations
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Cape Town appeals for cremations

On Monday we brought you an article featuring the Church of Greece telling its parishioners that they would be denied a church service if they choose cremation over the long traditional custom of earth burial.  Today, we bring you this article which deals with the topic of the City of Cape Town, South Africa, appealing for its residents to choose cremation over the traditional earth burial custom. As you might expect, the Cape Town appeal comes from a virtual lack […]

Decision overturned. . .golf course to become cemetery
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Decision overturned. . .golf course to become cemetery

The Ontario Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) met in October and reversed a decision made more than a year ago about a closed golf course in Lakeshore, Ontario.  According to this article from the CBC, the Roman Catholic Diocese of London (Ontario) appealed an earlier decision that will allow it to turn the 143 acre former Hydeaway Golf Course into a Diocese cemetery. Pat Simone, the general manager of the Diocese cemetery mentioned that the cemetery will not be fully […]

Alabama cemetery board member charged with theft
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Alabama cemetery board member charged with theft

This news video and article from WAFF-TV brings to light the charges against a member of the Legg Cemetery in Limestone County, Alabama.  According to the article, the board member has been charged with first-degree theft after investigators reportedly found $60,000 of the cemetery’s money in her possession. It also appears that after a county investigation, the same cemetery lots may have been sold more than once resulting in numerous parties believing they are the owners of certain lots.  Investigators […]

Whose casket is it?
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Whose casket is it?

The other day we came across this unusual article in the Voldosta Today News.  The story revolves around the private mausoleum of the E.D. Rivers, Jr. family. E.D. (Eurith Dickinson) Rivers, Jr. was the 68th Governor of Georgia and served from 1937 to 1941.  According to the above referenced article, he and his wife Mattie Lucile Lashley Rivers were entombed above ground in a private family mausoleum within the City Cemetery in Lakeland, Georgia. Again, according to the article, members […]