Omaha Mortuary Sues Mathews International

By Funeral Director Daily / April 12, 2017 /

Owners of the Heafey Hoffmann Dworak & Cutler Funeral Home in Omaha, Nebraska, and their insurers, Cincinnati Casualty Company and Cincinnati Indemnity Company filed a lawsuit on March 20, 2017, against Mathews International concerning a fire at the mortuary that happened over a year ago. The Omaha World Herald has reported that on January 26,…

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Crematory Reported to Authorities for Fumes and Smoke

By Funeral Director Daily / March 16, 2017 /

A Charlottesville, Virginia resident has complained to local and state authorities about the residue that comes out of the stack at the Hill and Wood Funeral Service Crematory on Stewart Street. According to a report from NBC 29, resident Renee Leake filed a complaint with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality concerning smoke and fumes…

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Liquid Cremation Bill Pushed in Nevada

By Funeral Director Daily / March 15, 2017 /

It should not surprise anyone that in a state of approximately 75% cremation services that a State Assemblyman is pushing forward a bill introducing Alkaline Hydrolysis as a legal form of cremation.  According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal Assemblyman Nelson Araujo of Las Vegas has introduced Assembly Bill 205 which would legalize the process. The process is…

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Local Cemetery Running out of Niche Space

By Funeral Director Daily / March 8, 2017 /

There is a small problem in the community of Marysville, Michigan, according to an article in The Voicenews.   Marysville Director of Public Works, Barry Kreiner is quoted as saying, “We are all out of niches.  They are all sold”. At Funeral Director Daily we have mentioned that cremation seems to becoming the preferred method…

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What to Do with Burial Plots

By Funeral Director Daily / March 6, 2017 /

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…

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In Kentucky Cremations Grow as Cost Drops

By Funeral Director Daily / February 28, 2017 /

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…

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Wisconsin Funeral Directors Dispute With Heritage Cremation Provider

By Funeral Director Daily / February 22, 2017 /

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…

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Minnesota to Add Alkaline Hydrolysis

By Funeral Director Daily / February 15, 2017 /

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…

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Minnesota considers removing viewing casket and cremation urn tax

By Funeral Director Daily / February 14, 2017 /

“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 reports that…

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Luzerne County TX cremation fee rises.

By Funeral Director Daily / February 14, 2017 /

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:…

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