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What to Do with Burial Plots
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What to Do with Burial Plots

An article recently published in the Wilkes-Barre Citizen’s Voice that deals with the number of cremations on the rise also reaches into the ramifications for families who have purchased cemetery burial space and now have no reason to use it. The article which lets us know of the rise in cremation services worldwide for a final method of disposition also touches on the Cremation Association of North America and the oft-used statistic that the United States surpassed the 50% cremation […]

In Kentucky Cremations Grow as Cost Drops
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In Kentucky Cremations Grow as Cost Drops

Prices are dropping for cremations in western Kentucky according to an article in the Paducah Sun. Lyman Hutcheson, managing partner of the Cremation Society of Paducah and two local funeral homes is quoted as saying, “Pricing shouldn’t be a mystery”. Hutcheson installed a crematory in Paducah seven years ago when the historically low cremation rate in America’s Bible Belt was only 8 percent. Today that percentage is rising and as it is rising, the Cremation Society of Paducah has been […]

Wisconsin Funeral Directors Dispute With Heritage Cremation Provider
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Wisconsin Funeral Directors Dispute With Heritage Cremation Provider

6 News reports that some Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association members have not been paid for cremations performed on behalf of Colorado based Heritage Cremation Provider.  The Minnesota department of Health is investigating Heritage as well after families accused Heritage of not picking up remains in a timely fashion. Our take: Heritage is not a local company.  It puts up websites which look local but are not and then finds local funeral homes to do cremations.  We’ve noticed that the Heritage […]

Minnesota to Add Alkaline Hydrolysis
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Minnesota to Add Alkaline Hydrolysis

According to a recent article, Metro First Call of suburban Minneapolis is planning to install equipment later this year to become the first business in Minnesota to allow “Alkaline Hydrolysis” to other funeral homes. Among other names, Alkaline Hydrolysis is known as “Green Cremation” or “Flameless Cremation” because bodies are decomposed of by using water and chemicals instead of flame. The process is believed to be more environmentally friendly and is said to cut the carbon footprint of cremation by […]

Minnesota considers removing viewing casket and cremation urn tax
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Minnesota considers removing viewing casket and cremation urn tax

“I think it would be great to eliminate this tax.  For people, at the end of life, to have further tax put upon them seems to be too much for people who already spend their whole life being taxed”  Funeral Director John Kohl of Parker Kohl funeral home as quoted in Southernminn.com Southernminn.com reports that Minnesota governor Mark Dayton has proposed removing the state sales tax on viewing caskets and cremations urns.  Burial caskets aren’t taxed but rental caskets for […]

Luzerne County TX cremation fee rises.
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Luzerne County TX cremation fee rises.

The Dallas Post reports that the Luzerne County has increased the fee for a cremation permit from $35 to $60.  The increase will offset a $50,000 proposed budget increase for autopsy expenses relating to drug overdoses.  There were 1,872 cremations in 2016 in Luzerne County, up from 1872 cremations in 2015. Funeral Director Daily’s take: The increased fee is probably necessary if they are having to increase the number of post-mortem exams in the county. We would suggest that the […]

ICCFA Cremation Guidelines
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ICCFA Cremation Guidelines

Here are the guidelines of the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA) to voluntarily foster professional standards of care. ICCFA Cremation Guidelines Statement of Purpose The following Cremation Guidelines have been published by the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association to voluntarily foster professional standards of care and consideration by our members.  Definitions Authorizing agent(s): the person(s) legally entitled to order the cremation of the remains. Certified operator: an individual formally training and duly certified in the operation of a […]