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South Koreans Preferring Cremation

  The South Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare recently released a report that indicates that since the 1990’s South Koreans have been preferring cremation at a very high percentage.  An article published in the Straits Times that you can read here indicates that over 80% of South Koreans now choose cremation. The article points out that in 1994 the country’s cremation rate stood at 20.5% and last year stood at 82.7%.  According to the article a couple of reasons […]

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Mistake Leads Nova Scotia to tighten Funeral Rules

  The Nova Scotia Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors issued a report last week calling for their legislature to “ensure that there is a system in place” for the handling of human remains.  The report was prompted by a mix-up at a Nova Scotia funeral home on December 27, 2017, that was “unacceptable” according to the inquiry. You can read an article from the Toronto Star here that describes what happened.  In essence, what happened was that […]

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Jury Awards Mott Family $8 Million in Lost Body Trial

A jury in San Antonio has awarded a couple $8 million after finding the Mission Park Funeral Chapels and Cemeteries negligent in the loss of the their daughter’s body before she was to be cremated, according to an article in the Insurance Journal that you can read here. Sharlotte and Timothy Mott, parents of Julie Mott, were awarded $1.5 million each for mental anguish suffered in the past and $2.5 million each for mental anguish that will likely be sustained […]

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Is the Future of Death Care Same Old. . Same Old??

It seems really ironic just to make the headline statement for someone who has seen the death care/funeral industry change so fast over my 35 year career.  As I’ve said before, within a generation America has changed from a burial disposition society to one of a cremation disposition society.  So, we have been anything but same old, same old. Most of us in funeral service have not only seen the rise of the cremation industry but the proliferation of it […]

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Small Funeral Homes and Being Bold in Cremation Pricing – Part 2

Yesterday I mentioned that for small funeral homes more than 75 miles from a major metropolitan area it would be wise to be bold in pricing of cremation services.  I mentioned that if you are that far away from a large metropolitan area families in your service area will feel comfortable using your firm – even at a premium price – and you are far enough to not lose many calls to a low-cost provider in the metro area. I […]

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Small Funeral Homes and Being Bold in Cremation Pricing – Part 1

It’s Sunday morning and I’ve just read the Minneapolis Tribune and, as I always do, perused the obituary section to not only see the obituaries but also to look at the death care related ads in it.  Last evening I was looking to book airfare for a winter trip for my wife and I – we are finally “Empty Nesters” – and I was struck by some of the sales and pricing tactics of the airlines.  I just happened to […]

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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 […]