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Washington State Senate vote brings human composting closer to reality
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Washington State Senate vote brings human composting closer to reality

A bill that would make composting of human beings a legal form of human disposition cleared its first hurdle in the State of Washington passing a Senate vote with a 36-11 margin last week.  You can read an article about the vote and Senate bill SB 5001 here. The bill’s main sponsor, Sen. Jamie Pedersen of Seattle commented on the passage out of the Senate, “I will make a claim that this bill may change the world”, he stated. According […]

Around the Globe:  Funeral News from Australia and Spain
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Around the Globe: Funeral News from Australia and Spain

Australia – After a series of high profile abuses of the financial services industry in Australia in the last couple of years, the Australian government commissioned High Court Justice and royal commissioner Kenneth Hayne to investigate the complete financial services industry and come up with some ideas on how to regulate such. That report has now been issued and Justice Hayne has issued what this news report calls a “damning final report” on the industries that touch almost every Australian.  […]

Death Care. . . Regulations and Some Rules
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Death Care. . . Regulations and Some Rules

Over the past couple of days I’ve noticed a couple articles on rules and regulations in the Death Care industry.  These are not generally municipal or national rules but some rules that are now in effect in different places for different reasons.  I guess all that I have cited here make some sense to those that have established them.  Others may disagree on the rules. Balloon Ban in Canberra, Australia — This rule that you can read about here is […]

Singapore sites Four new funeral parlours
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Singapore sites Four new funeral parlours

Funeral customs around the world are interesting to observe.  But, just as the customs are interesting to observe so are the challenges of those in funeral service for profit in the differing countries with differing values in funeral service.  I recently read an article in Channel News Asia that you can read here. Land is at a premium in Singapore and private enterprises have to get permission to use land for their project in competition as to what the competing […]

More Issues in Michigan
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More Issues in Michigan

We learned last week in an article that you can read here from Reuters that a cemetery in Canton, Michigan, has been shut down by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).  It was reported in the article that over one hundred uncremated fetus remains were found at the Knollwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Canton and the Gethsemane Cemetery in Detroit. The investigation reported that 44 fetuses also did not have proper documentation and LARA found the Canton […]

Washington State legislature to consider Alkaline hydrolysis, recomposition
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Washington State legislature to consider Alkaline hydrolysis, recomposition

An article from the Seattle Times that you can read here mentions that the State of Washington currently has only two lawful means of disposition of human remains — burial and cremation.  State Senator Jamie Pedersen intends to ask the legislature to double the number of ways by introducing a bill in the next session that would rewrite the state code to allow alkaline hydrolysis and recomposition. Alkaline hydrolysis is familiar to most and now allowed in several states but […]

European Union proposes restrictions on Formaldehyde
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European Union proposes restrictions on Formaldehyde

Over the weekend I found a couple of articles originating from Great Britain about the European Union and its proposal to restrict the use of formaldehyde in the EU.  The articles point out that it is not a “ban” on formaldehyde use but a “restriction” that has the ability to change the way some consumers may choose memorial services. The first article comes from the BBC and you can read it here.  It does talk about the reality that the […]

Election Day – Vote!!  Funeral Directors on the ballot in Virginia Beach
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Election Day – Vote!! Funeral Directors on the ballot in Virginia Beach

For those readers in the United States of America it is the day we cherish.  The day that we get to go to the polls and select who we believe will be the best at managing the public’s interest for the next several years.  In some municipalities you can vote for positions that range from dog catcher to Mayor.  On the national level we are not electing a President this year but all 435 Congressional seats  are up as well […]

Michigan Governor Assembles Team to Look into Funeral Home Problems
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Michigan Governor Assembles Team to Look into Funeral Home Problems

According to the Associated Press, in an article that you can read here, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced last Thursday that he is adding three new regulators to the State’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs mortuary team.  That will bring the total to 7.  The regulators have oversight over funeral homes, funeral directors, and preneed funeral contracts. Snyder also announced he is putting together a special team that will include members from multiple state agencies that will investigate recent […]

Funeral Service in the Courts
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Funeral Service in the Courts

Today we are bringing you two items that relate to the death care industry being in the courts.  The first item that you can read about here involves the Trump administration and its Department of Justice filing a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in defense of a funeral home owner who was sued and lost for refusing to allow a transgender employee to wear female clothing while working at the funeral home. The case involves employee Aimee Stephens who […]