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Alkaline Hydrolysis Hits the New York Times

The New York Times, for all the flack it gets for its political stances, is still a newspaper that reports on what is happening in America.  When trends are mentioned in the New York Times, they tend to not stay trends much longer – and in many instances morph into the fabric of what is America. So, on October 19, in the Business Day portion of the New York Times an article pertaining to the human body disposition method of […]

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Funeral Rites Fit for a King

In our profession it is interesting to note what kind of funeral rites are held around the world.  One year ago today, on October 13, 2016, the King of Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej died.  Since that time plans have been made for a Royal Cremation for the nation. Prior to the Royal Cremation, the King’s body will have lied in state in the Dusit Mah Prasat Throne Hall of the Grand Palace for a period of one year.  The Royal […]

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Monday Morning “Snip-Its”

This Monday morning we will bring you some updates on issues/articles that we have mentioned in the past that are back in the news.  We’ve found out that the City of Irvine, California, is one step closer to its first ever veterans cemetery, that California Governor Jerry Brown’s signature is the only remaining necessity in bringing Alkaline Hydrolysis to legality in that state, and finally we can have you click to an article where you can find out what some […]

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A New Home for Neglected Remains

Not so long ago we wrote an article on a somewhat new phenomena of the cremation generation.  I refer to the 1960’s to about the year 2000 as the Golden Age of Funeral Service and have coined the term “Cremation Generation” for the time period beginning in 2000 up to the present time.  The new phenomena of the cremation generation was that there is a growing trend to take an urn or remains with us to our home instead of […]

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Monday Morning “Snip-Its”

Funeral Director Daily’s Monday morning round-up of death care related items we discovered over the weekend includes a wide variety of topics again this week.  We’ve got information on where to find articles on how funeral homes in Miami are coping with the loss of power after Hurricane Irma, an article that has been published on at least three continents that is a public relations nightmare for a Louisiana funeral home,  some progressive Texas funeral directors being very proactive with […]

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Cremation Tattoos Becoming Popular

Diane Lange, the owner of Moonlight Tattoo in Ocean View, New Jersey has been tattooing for 35 years.  In the past six months, however, she has explained that the number of calls she is getting for cremation tattoos has been rapidly increasing. While we know that cremation rates have been increasing in the U.S., what many people don’t know is that some people take cremation and memorialization a step further and use the cremation ashes, or cremains, for body art. […]

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A Sign of the Times

Yesterday’s edition of the Morning Call, a newspaper covering the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania carried an article about a new crematory receiving permission to be installed by the Fullerton Wilbert Vault and Burial Company in the Lehigh Valley.  It goes on to say the the zoning board unanimously approved the installation  for a business that for four decades has provided vaults, set up chairs and tents for graveside services, and has opened and closed graves. Owner Joseph P. Beidler was […]

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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 […]

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Rural America: Can Cremation/Memorial Services be Your Friend??

I graduated from mortuary school in 1980 and in June of that year entered the funeral profession.  Life was pretty simple, families were of the nuclear type, services only differed dependent on what religion the deceased belonged to, and there was no cremation in my little area of Minnesota.  I tell this story often — in the summer of 1982 – virtually two years after I started working, a family walked in to the mortuary, told us that mom had […]

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Cremation Jewelry — Is your firm marketing it?

As I’ve said before on these pages — I retired from full-time funeral directing about four years ago and continue as a part-time minority owner of the firm I was affiliated with for over 33 years.  A lot of things have changed over that time but – as many of you will agree – probably nothing as much as the means of disposition from earth burial to cremation.  And with that — there has become an opportunity to market to […]