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Good Samaritans still abound
Cemetery Cremation

Good Samaritans still abound

We’ve advocated that one of the issues that funeral homes have to overcome to continue to serve the needs of families in need is to emphasize the fact the “Permanent Memorialization” matters.  By that we mean that cremated remains cannot just be left in a closet or left at the funeral home unclaimed.  They need to have a final resting place so the lives of those people can be remembered. Susan Cunningham is a Galesburg, Illinois, hospice nurse who realized […]

Will Tulip Cremation make a difference
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Will Tulip Cremation make a difference

I mentioned earlier this week that I spent last week in Las Vegas with about 150 people in our profession.  Lots of items get bantered about at this event and one that was visited about quite frequently last week was the opening of Tulip Cremations. While I have only anecdotal knowledge of Tulip Cremation, I have checked them out on their website (www.tulipcremation.com) and tried to learn as much as I can about them.  Here is some of what I […]

Is there hidden value in crematory physical plants?
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Is there hidden value in crematory physical plants?

I read an interesting article the other day published by Reuters out of Tokyo, Japan.  It piqued my interest because I have seen in the recent past and believe going forward that new crematory facilities will continue to be a challenge to get built in locations across North America. My belief stems from the fact that almost every time a facility request finds itself in front of community regulators there seems to be opposition to the facility from the NIMBY […]

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 […]