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The Memorialization of Prince
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The Memorialization of Prince

An article that you can read here appeared in today’s issue of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reflecting the fact that the urn of pop star Prince has been taken away from the public space at his Paisley Park home/museum. The article goes on to say that family members are somewhat in disagreement about the proper way to allow fans to mourn the rock music icon and they have had a mausoleum design to hold the urn on the Paisley Park […]

Cremation. . . .perception vs. reality
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Cremation. . . .perception vs. reality

Virtually every week that I follow articles on the death care industry I will see an article like this one from CBS Local in New York that pertains to a neighborhood group banding together to stop the construction of a new crematory in their area.  This article, which includes a news video, comes from Middletown Township, New Jersey and is about the Colts Glen neighborhood trying to stop what they call a “toxic plan” for the Fair View Cemetery to […]

First Greek crematory approved
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First Greek crematory approved

Last week Environment and Energy Minister Giorgos Stathakis signed off paving the way for the first crematory to be installed in the country of Greece.  According to Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis this “will allow Greece to fulfill its commitment for upholding citizens’ rudimentary rights”. You can read more of this article here. According to the article, cremations were legalized in Greece in 2006, however the country still does not have any facilities where they can be carried out. Facilities have […]

Radioactivity in the Retort
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Radioactivity in the Retort

Two articles were recently written about an article that was published by Dr. Nathan Yu and colleagues in the Journal of American Medicine (JAMA) on February 26.  The JAMA article was a case report dealing with a 69 year old man with pancreatic cancer who was treated with nuclear medicine at an Arizona hospital in 2017.  He died days later and was cremated. The JAMA article which you can read about here from CNN and here from LiveScience, dealt with […]

A little help for our Veterans
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A little help for our Veterans

Nothing earth shattering today, just a couple articles and information I noticed about America’s veterans and a notice from the Department of Veteran Affairs. One of the things we have written about on Funeral Director Daily is that with the growth of direct cremation there tends to be a few cremated remains that just never get picked up by family from your funeral home.  I’ve thought about this and I’ve came to the conclusion that sometimes people just don’t know […]

“Hands On” Cremation
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“Hands On” Cremation

I recently read an article from the Post Register of Idaho Falls, Idaho that pertained to the Wood Funeral Home of Idaho Falls and Ammon, Idaho building a 4,000 square foot facility to cater to cremation choice families.  You can read the article here.  My original intent after looking at the article very briefly was to write an article on the financial aspects of owing your own crematory as compared to serving cremation families by sending your cremations to a […]

Cremated Remains Stolen. . . What’s your Policy?
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Cremated Remains Stolen. . . What’s your Policy?

Over the weekend we learned that the cremated remains of three people had been stolen before they could be sent to their respective loved ones.  You can read an article and see a news video from Las Vegas News 8 here that explains the situation. From what I can gather remains from Las Vegas Cremations had been dispatched by the funeral home and transported to the local post office by an employee.  When the employee arrived at the post office […]

Do you know your trade partners?
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Do you know your trade partners?

Back in 2002 all of us in the death care industry got a shock when we found out about what was happening in Georgia with the case of the Tri-State Crematory.  For those of you who are too young or just don’t remember it was the first time we ever heard of a funeral trade services provider willfully being found to have multiple violations of care of the bodies entrusted to them.  Funeral homes from all over the area had […]

Spanish province backtracks on cremation ban of the obese
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Spanish province backtracks on cremation ban of the obese

Spain’s Valencia region backtracked on some proposed regulations concerning cremation last week.  The area had issued proposed regulations for human cremations as the practice is growing in demand in the area.  The governmental region had mentioned that they are concerned with, and want to curtail, emissions from incineration. You can read about these ideas here. One of the proposed rules had to do with a ban on the cremation of very obese bodies.  Originally, they chose to include this ban […]