Cremation Regulations

The veto of Viking funerals

Funeral Director Daily had kept you informed about what has become known as the “Jedi bill” in the state of Missouri this spring and summer.  The bill, proposed by State Senator Jason Holsman, a Democrat from Kansas City, would have allowed for outdoor cremations and supposedly made Missouri a mecca for so-called “Viking or Jedi funerals”. As we have told you, the bill breezed through the state’s House and Senate this year with other end-of-life issues.  However,  last week Missouri […]


Missouri close to allowing outdoor cremation in public

A Missouri legislative bill with nearly unanimous consent has recently passed out of the Missouri legislature and is awaiting Governor Mike Parson’s decision to sign the bill into law.  You can read more about this bill here from The bill, according to the article, would allow licensed funeral directors to organize outdoor cremations at licensed sites or private sites that have permits.  It was the idea of Kansas City Democrat legislator Jason Holsman who is quoted in the article, […]

Cemetery Cremation

Good Samaritans still abound

We’ve advocated that one of the issues that funeral homes have to overcome to continue to serve the needs of families in need is to emphasize the fact the “Permanent Memorialization” matters.  By that we mean that cremated remains cannot just be left in a closet or left at the funeral home unclaimed.  They need to have a final resting place so the lives of those people can be remembered. Susan Cunningham is a Galesburg, Illinois, hospice nurse who realized […]

Business Cremation

Will Tulip Cremation make a difference

I mentioned earlier this week that I spent last week in Las Vegas with about 150 people in our profession.  Lots of items get bantered about at this event and one that was visited about quite frequently last week was the opening of Tulip Cremations. While I have only anecdotal knowledge of Tulip Cremation, I have checked them out on their website ( and tried to learn as much as I can about them.  Here is some of what I […]

Cremation Finance

Is there hidden value in crematory physical plants?

I read an interesting article the other day published by Reuters out of Tokyo, Japan.  It piqued my interest because I have seen in the recent past and believe going forward that new crematory facilities will continue to be a challenge to get built in locations across North America. My belief stems from the fact that almost every time a facility request finds itself in front of community regulators there seems to be opposition to the facility from the NIMBY […]


The Memorialization of Prince

An article that you can read here appeared in today’s issue of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reflecting the fact that the urn of pop star Prince has been taken away from the public space at his Paisley Park home/museum. The article goes on to say that family members are somewhat in disagreement about the proper way to allow fans to mourn the rock music icon and they have had a mausoleum design to hold the urn on the Paisley Park […]


Cremation. . . .perception vs. reality

Virtually every week that I follow articles on the death care industry I will see an article like this one from CBS Local in New York that pertains to a neighborhood group banding together to stop the construction of a new crematory in their area.  This article, which includes a news video, comes from Middletown Township, New Jersey and is about the Colts Glen neighborhood trying to stop what they call a “toxic plan” for the Fair View Cemetery to […]


First Greek crematory approved

Last week Environment and Energy Minister Giorgos Stathakis signed off paving the way for the first crematory to be installed in the country of Greece.  According to Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis this “will allow Greece to fulfill its commitment for upholding citizens’ rudimentary rights”. You can read more of this article here. According to the article, cremations were legalized in Greece in 2006, however the country still does not have any facilities where they can be carried out. Facilities have […]


Radioactivity in the Retort

Two articles were recently written about an article that was published by Dr. Nathan Yu and colleagues in the Journal of American Medicine (JAMA) on February 26.  The JAMA article was a case report dealing with a 69 year old man with pancreatic cancer who was treated with nuclear medicine at an Arizona hospital in 2017.  He died days later and was cremated. The JAMA article which you can read about here from CNN and here from LiveScience, dealt with […]