Cemetery Cremation

Chicago Archdiocese Opens First Cremation Garden

After forbidding cremation for centuries the Roman Catholic Church accepted the practice in 1963.  As the practice got more popular the Vatican decided last fall to issue a proclamation that ashes should be preserved in a church sponsored sacred place and not kept at home or scattered. An article in the Chicago Tribune just last week announced the opening of the first Chicago Archdiocese Cemetery cremation garden for just that purpose.  The Cremation Garden of St. Francis at the All […]


Pioneer Cemeteries — Is there a Solution??

Some of us in rural America understand the concept of pioneer cemeteries.  They are small cemeteries with, in most instances, only a few burials that date back to the 1800s.  Most of these cemeteries are fenced in and closed, if not by decision, then by practicality to new burials. Today, however, when there is great cost to buy cemetery plots at larger metropolitan cemeteries and also a trend for getting back to community and nature, many of these cemeteries are […]


Arlington National Cemetery Facts

The goal of mine with Funeral Director Daily is not only to assist and inform owner/operators of funeral homes and cemeteries with business ideals and practices that are current in the industry but to educate them with items they don’t necessarily have the time to look into on their own. Today’s message is one of those items. Recently I found an interesting fact sheet on Arlington National Cemetery published by CNN affiliate, Gant News.  I would suggest that you click […]


Army finally finalizes plans for Arlington Expansion Land

For several years now the U.S. Army, operators of Arlington National Cemetery, have planned for an expansion to the south but had not really figured out how they were going to get the land to do so.  It was thought that they would probably do some type of land swap with Arlington County, Virginia, and eventually get it figured out. Last Thursday, the U.S. Army announced, according to an article in the Army Times, that they will be purchasing five […]


Kauai Cemeteries Running out of Space

I’ve been a frequent visitor to the beautiful state of Hawaii – probably going for business or pleasure at least 25 times in the last 30 years.  I love it there and find my little piece of paradise until I return home. An article in The Garden Isle, the newspaper of the Island of Kauai states, however, that there is a little trouble in paradise when it comes to burying the dead on that island.  According to the article the […]


Ohio Man Builds Partnership with Cemetery on Columbarium

Normand Laliberte used to work for the Hummel Funeral Homes in Akron, Ohio.  He confesses that he thinks funeral costs are getting pretty high and is interested in lowering the costs to families.  One step he has taken on his own is to build a columbarium in a small cemetery so that families may have an inexpensive place to place remains when choosing cremation. An article on CantonRep.com illustrates what Laliberte has accomplished.  He has convinced the St. John’s Church […]

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Bugles Across America provides Much Appreciated Service

I had expected that the post from yesterday concerning America’s Old Guard placing approximately 284,000 Memorial Day flags at Arlington National Cemetery would be all that Funeral Director Daily would do specifically for the Memorial Day holiday. However, this morning I was watching the national news on television and a short story of an organization that I had never heard of was ran.  The story concerned Bugles Across America, a non-profit that was formed to make sure that every American […]


God Bless our Troops – Yesterday and Today

If you are anything like me today will cause goose-bumps on your arms as you witness a Memorial Day Parade in person or some type of celebration on television to honor those who have served our country. I never was fortunate to serve and as I get older I regret it more and more.  The liberties that we have in this country should never be taken for granted and we must stop and reflect on those who have given the […]


A Future For Urban Cemeteries?

Today, I read an article in the Seattle Times about Seattle’s Denny Park.  The article talks a little about the history of Denny Park and goes on to mention what it has been transformed into today in the other-wise dense South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle. The park has been transformed by over $2 million in spending which opens up public spaces and improves lighting among other things to give Seattle a city park much like other urbanized areas of […]