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Taxis as removal vehicles, modern grave tampering
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Taxis as removal vehicles, modern grave tampering

Today as all American’s are filing their federal income taxes, and I’m no exception, I’m saving a little time and just giving you a couple of articles pertaining to the funeral industry that I found on the wire services. The first article that you can find here is an article from Jamaica where established funeral directors, who have been calling for more regulations in the industry are disgusted because what they call “rouge” operators that they contend are  hiring all […]

Consumer issues and complaints in the death care industry
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Consumer issues and complaints in the death care industry

It was a different day and age 30-40 years ago when funeral directors and those in the funeral profession were sought out for their opinions on anything death care related.  Opinions were given and communities and consumers accepted the educated opinions of the death care professionals.  It may be that funeral directors and others in the business didn’t always know the right and proper ways for everything, but adequate care was given to all issues and that seemed to suffice. […]

Nova Scotia looking for funeral advocates
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Nova Scotia looking for funeral advocates

According to this article from the Cape Breton Post, the Nova Scotia, Canada Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors is offering two seats on their public board to members of the general public. The board has always been set up with only members from the funeral service profession or members nominated by the funeral service profession.  However,  a cremation mistake that happened in 2017 that you can read about here, came with some public outcry and the public’s […]

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 […]