A Brief History of Caskets

A Brief History of Caskets
Caskets are a common purchase that many families make when planning a loved one’s burial. So where did caskets originate, and how did they become so popular?  What is a Casket? A casket is an enclosed burial vessel for human remains. While the terms “coffin” and “casket” have sometimes been ...
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Funerals of the Future: Space Burials, Greener Cremations, and… Human Composting?

Funerals of the Future: Space Burials, Greener Cremations, and… Human Composting?
Nothing is impervious to change, including the way we bury and memorialize the dead. Factors such as our society’s increasing emphasis on sustainability and the rise of the digital age have led to significant changes in funerals, burials, and cremations. Here are some recent developments that could shape the trends ...
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What’s In Embalming Fluid?

What’s In Embalming Fluid?
Embalming is a common part of funerals throughout the United States today. However, many people don’t realize that embalming is not a requirement in most cases, and it is not widely practiced outside of North America.   The decision to embalm is entirely up to the individual.  For someone planning ...
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How to Save $3,800 on a Funeral

How to Save $3,800 on a Funeral
Here’s a true story about a man named Mike, who contacted me recently via Funerals360. His elderly father had passed away, and after the dust settled, he was worried that he had overpaid for the direct cremation his family had purchased from the local funeral home. Even though his father ...
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Washington passes bill to become first state to compost human bodies

Washington passes bill to become first state to compost human bodies
By Ben Guarino; April 26, 2019 for the Washington Post It may soon be legal for the dead to push daisies, or any other flower, in backyard gardens across Washington state. The state legislature recently passed a bill that, if signed by the governor, allows human bodies to be composted — and ...
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How to Dress Your Deceased Loved One for a Viewing

How to Dress Your Deceased Loved One for a Viewing
If you’re holding an open casket funeral or viewing for your deceased loved one, you’ll want to consider what outfit would best suit them for their final event. Choosing the right outfit for your loved one’s funeral doesn’t have to be a daunting task, even if they haven’t made their ...
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Mausoleum Burial: What You Need to Know

Mausoleum Burial: What You Need to Know
You might wonder what burial options exist outside of cremation or in-ground burial if you are currently in the process of planning or pre-planning a funeral. One often-overlooked option is mausoleum burial. Many people are familiar with these structures, but families may shy away from this option due to uncertainty ...
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Unusual Funeral, Burial, and Cremation Laws in Different States

Unusual Funeral, Burial, and Cremation Laws in Different States
If you’re in the process of planning a funeral, or have been through it before, you’ve likely noticed that in addition to all the arrangements that need to be made, there are also certain rules and regulations you need to follow. States often have specific laws about funerals and burials, ...
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4 Emerging Examples of Environmentally-Friendly Burial Tech

4 Emerging Examples of Environmentally-Friendly Burial Tech
A traditional burial isn’t for everyone, and an increasing number of people are having concerns about the lasting environmental impact of their remains.  Driven by these sentiments, the emerging use of eco-friendly – or green – burial technology has been a growing topic of interest in recent years.  These relatively ...
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Should You Cremate or Bury Your Loved One?

Should You Cremate or Bury Your Loved One?
When an unexpected death occurs, family members might have no idea what a decedent’s wishes are regarding a funeral and other related arrangements. One of the primary considerations a family must make in these situations is choosing between a cremation and burial.  Here’s an overview of some of the most ...
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