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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 […]

What’s Your Protocol?
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What’s Your Protocol?

When I first started making funeral arrangements it was in the day of over 90% earth burials in my community.  I remember many times when making the removal of the deceased at the nursing home, hospital, or private residence that the next of kin would say to me, “When do we come in to pick out the casket?”  We all know that when families come in for arrangements it was for much more than “picking out a casket”, however, that […]

Fire Department called to crematory in suburban San Diego
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Fire Department called to crematory in suburban San Diego

On Thursday, May 24, a suburban San Diego fire department was called to a crematory.  Evidently, according to Fox 5 of San Diego, a crematory door was ajar and led to billowing smoke from the chimney and out the buildings doors.  Again, according to Fox 5, the fire suppression system also kicked into gear leading to more smoke. You can see the story and video from San Diego Fox 5 here.

Pure Cremation Secures $10 million in Venture Financing
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Pure Cremation Secures $10 million in Venture Financing

Pure Cremation, the company that was started in the United Kingdom in 2015 recently announced that it will have received a total of US $10 million in funding for its low cost model of simple cremations following death.  According to this article from Evening Express which you can read here, Elliot Kaye, an investment director at Puma Investments said this of the company, “his firm is putting money behind what he hopes is a winning combination of an experienced management […]

Chinese Citizens Paid to Destroy Caskets
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Chinese Citizens Paid to Destroy Caskets

I recently read an article from the South China Morning Post that you can read here.  The article touches on the fact that the Jiangnan City Daily reported that about 400 villagers in Shangrao county of Jiangxi province were paid about 1,000 yuan (about $159) to have their caskets crushed. The article goes on to say that the local government said that cremation helps the environment and conservation of land.  Local authorities also said the coffin wood would be burned to generate […]

Massachusetts community to vote on Municipal Pet Crematory
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Massachusetts community to vote on Municipal Pet Crematory

Two years ago the Massachusetts Cape Cod community of Harwich approved the transfer of land to the cemetery commission to build a pet cemetery for the community.  Roads and paths are being put in, landscaping has been done and the project even won an innovation award from the Massachusetts Municipal Association. Now, according to this article in the Cape Cod Times, Cemetery Administrator Robbin Kelley is asking for a crematory  and cemetery office to be constructed at an estimated cost […]

South Koreans Preferring Cremation
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South Koreans Preferring Cremation

  The South Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare recently released a report that indicates that since the 1990’s South Koreans have been preferring cremation at a very high percentage.  An article published in the Straits Times that you can read here indicates that over 80% of South Koreans now choose cremation. The article points out that in 1994 the country’s cremation rate stood at 20.5% and last year stood at 82.7%.  According to the article a couple of reasons […]

Mistake Leads Nova Scotia to tighten Funeral Rules
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Mistake Leads Nova Scotia to tighten Funeral Rules

  The Nova Scotia Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors issued a report last week calling for their legislature to “ensure that there is a system in place” for the handling of human remains.  The report was prompted by a mix-up at a Nova Scotia funeral home on December 27, 2017, that was “unacceptable” according to the inquiry. You can read an article from the Toronto Star here that describes what happened.  In essence, what happened was that […]

Jury Awards Mott Family $8 Million in Lost Body Trial
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Jury Awards Mott Family $8 Million in Lost Body Trial

A jury in San Antonio has awarded a couple $8 million after finding the Mission Park Funeral Chapels and Cemeteries negligent in the loss of the their daughter’s body before she was to be cremated, according to an article in the Insurance Journal that you can read here. Sharlotte and Timothy Mott, parents of Julie Mott, were awarded $1.5 million each for mental anguish suffered in the past and $2.5 million each for mental anguish that will likely be sustained […]