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Another Reason for Burial of Cremated Remains
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Another Reason for Burial of Cremated Remains

Those of us at Funeral Director Daily have told you that we truly advocate for the memorialization of cremated remains in an earth grave with marker or cemetery niche or columbarium. Today we bring you these moving photos and video following an apartment fire in Providence, Rhode Island.  One photo captures the moment a firefighter was able to rescue the remains and hand them to the mother.  The video is of the mother thanking those for the reunification. Just think, […]

Cremation – What’s Next in the Market?
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Cremation – What’s Next in the Market?

The Cremation Association of North America just wrapped up its weeklong gathering of cremation professionals at CANA2018.  While I did not attend, I have kept up with some of the issues that were discussed and saw a quote come out of the convention that I wanted to discuss further. The quote I am referring to was attributed to Jason Engler, CANA Historian, and is the following, “The selling point of cremation has evolved over 100 years from sanitation to aesthetics […]

In Today’s News
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In Today’s News

We noticed an article and a news story this morning that we thought were worth sharing.  The first story is from Bloomberg News and is entitled “Mortuary Company Stays ahead of Debt by Digging graves before People Die”.  You can read the story here, which deals with public death care company StoneMor Partners and their policy of putting vaults in the ground upon the pre-need sale in order to collect revenue at that time instead of waiting to collect from […]

Crematory Addition Leads to New Business
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Crematory Addition Leads to New Business

According to this article from the Pine Journal, Bob and Karen Atkins operate the Atkins-Northland Funeral Home and Crematory in Cloquet, Minnesota.  The couple is responsible for a business with a volume of about 160 deaths annually and when the cremation percentage started to rise they decided to put in a human crematory instead of delivering the remains to a trade crematory for the process of cremation. Again, according to the article, the City of Cloquet was not excited about […]

Environmentally Friendly Death Care
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Environmentally Friendly Death Care

Environmentally friendly can come in different ideas and can be different for different people.  In the death care industry there is no shortage of those that want to capitalize on the growing green movement among societies.  In that regard, I found three articles published at different places from around the world that dealt with, in one form or another, the idea of being environmentally friendly at the time of death. East China – According to an article in the Global […]

Problems in the Portland Sky
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Problems in the Portland Sky

Today we bring you this article with multiple photos and a news video from Portland, Oregon television station KOIN.  It concerns the First Call Mortuary Services of Portland and the problems they have recently had with emissions from their crematory. According to the article the mortuary service has had at least 21 cases of dark, smoky emissions from its crematory stack in the past year.  The issue has neighbors concerned and one neighbor commented in the article, “This was all […]

Distance from major city forces cremation prices Higher
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Distance from major city forces cremation prices Higher

Over the weekend I read an interesting article from the British publication Moneywise, which you can read here.  The article was titled, “Cremation monopoly force prices Up” and deals with, what I would call cremation prices outside of a major metro area. For the sake of this discussion, I believe that the definition of cremation used would be as follows, “a direct cremation is when the deceased is cremated shortly after death with no family members or friends present.  The […]

California City Staff suggest denial of Crematory in City
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California City Staff suggest denial of Crematory in City

Later tonight the El Cajon (California) Planning Commission will have the opportunity to approve an application to approve the first crematory in that city.  According to an article in East County Magazine that you can read here, Robert Zakar, owner of El Cajon Mortuary, is seeking to add on-site cremation services to his existing funeral business.  Zakar has owned the funeral home in its current location in downtown El Cajon since 1992. In preparation for tonight’s meeting, the City of […]

Remains left at Vietnam Vets Wall to be Buried with Honors
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Remains left at Vietnam Vets Wall to be Buried with Honors

I came across an article today in the Minneapolis StarTribune that carried a Washington Post byline.  You can read the article here and it pertains to an agreement that was reached between the National Park Service and the Missing in America Project.  The Missing in America Project says that their purpose is to identify and inter with dignity unclaimed cremated remains of American veterans. The article points out that over the years, the National Park Service which administers the Vietnam […]

Utah Becomes 14th State to Approve Alkaline Hydrolysis
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Utah Becomes 14th State to Approve Alkaline Hydrolysis

A recent article from The Universe, a Brigham Young University publication, which you can read here starts off with the following quote, “The baby boomers have changed every industry in their lives, so they’ll change this one as well.”  That was said by Utah funeral director and founder of the Nelson Family Mortuary Lance Nelson. Nelson’s comment comes in a discussion of Utah HB 387 – the bill that allowed alkaline hydrolysis to become legal in Utah, making Utah the […]