News & Articles

The Fight for the Right to Be Cremated by Water

The Fight for the Right to Be Cremated by Water

By Emily Atkin | June 14, 2018 for The New Republic

"Aquamation," a greener form of body disposal, is gaining acceptance in America. But some powerful groups are fighting to stop it.

Samantha Sieber’s grandfather had a traditional American burial. His body was embalmed, put in a metal casket ...

Continue Reading

Healthy Coping Strategies for Grieving Children and Parents

Healthy Coping Strategies for Grieving Children and Parents

Parents with young children dealing with the loss of a loved one face a particularly difficult challenge working through their own grief while simultaneously trying to help their children deal with death and loss. No one is prepared to help their children grieve.

Tips to Talk to Children About Grief

The tips ...

Continue Reading

Mandville News: Construction Begins on Catholic Funeral Home & Cemetery

Mandville News: Construction Begins on Catholic Funeral Home & Cemetery

By Kim Chatelain for NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The Archdiocese of New Orleans will join with North America's largest provider of funeral, cemetery and cremation services to break ground Wednesday April 4 on the construction of a funeral home and cemetery north of Mandeville.

Grace Funeral Home and St. Lazarus of ...

Continue Reading

Personalized Sympathy and Memorial Gifts We Love

Personalized Sympathy and Memorial Gifts We Love

Losing a loved one can be a painful experience. The best way to honor their memory is by celebrating their life and commemorating their achievements. If you are looking for a creative gift to offer your sympathies or remember your loved one, consider a personalized memorial gift. Personalized memorials gifts can offer comfort ...

Continue Reading

Funeral homes weigh alcohol use

Funeral homes weigh alcohol use

SHERRY SLATER | The Journal Gazette

When a loved one dies, family and friends often want to offer a final salute.

The options are as varied as the individuals being remembered. Helium balloons are released to remember children. Favorite dishes are baked to honor grandmothers. Donations are made to nonprofits fighting deadly diseases ...

Continue Reading

A New Way to Dispose of Corpses - With Chemistry!

A New Way to Dispose of Corpses - With Chemistry!

Alkaline hydrolysis is a clean, green method for dissolving a body into its chemical building blocks; the runny remains just wash down the drain.

BY  for WIRED

THE RESOMATOR STANDS monolithic in the corner of a room on the ground floor of a building at UCLA. It’s as sterile ...

Continue Reading

Vermont Green Burial Advocate Dies, Settles for Cremation

Vermont Green Burial Advocate Dies, Settles for Cremation

BY JOEL BANNER BAIRD FOR THE FREE PRESS | March 12, 2018

In his final months, Jack Griffin of Burlington, VT lobbied hard for an earth-friendly green burial — but he ran out of time. Jack Griffin settled for ashes two weeks before he died last month.

His public request for ...

Continue Reading

Thinking About Having a ‘Green’ Funeral? Here’s What to Know

Thinking About Having a ‘Green’ Funeral? Here’s What to Know

By SONYA VATOMSKY for NY TIMES | MARCH 22, 2018

A typical American funeral usually involves a few hallmarks we’ve come to expect: an expensive coffin, lots of flowers, an embalming for the deceased and a number of other add-ons.

But how necessary are those embellishments? Enter the “green burial.” ...

Continue Reading

Grieving Santa Rosa Family Reclaims Old Ways, Brings Son’s Body Home to Say Good-bye

Grieving Santa Rosa Family Reclaims Old Ways, Brings Son’s Body Home to Say Good-bye

MEG MCCONAHEY FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | March 9, 2018

When Carl Hamilton got the news that every parent dreads, his fatherly instinct kicked in. His son Chris was lying alone at the Sonoma County Coroner’s Office, the victim of a middle-of-the-night car crash. Against all modern convention, Hamilton decided he ...

Continue Reading

Tennessee 'Natural' Burial Ground Will Offer A Simpler Farewell — Casket Optional

Tennessee 'Natural' Burial Ground Will Offer A Simpler Farewell — Casket Optional

Larkspur Conservation in Sumner County, Tenn., is a beautiful, parklike setting, with hiking trails and picnic areas and, soon, occasional burial plots. The 112 acres of serene rolling hills are protected by a conservation easement through the Nature Conservancy. Larkspur's founders hope it will offer families a greener — and ...

Continue Reading