Chicago Archdiocese opens first cremation garden in a cemetery

By Maya Brachear Pashman for the Chicago Tribune 

Amid the sound of cascading water, Claire Thom and her sister Lori Van Buren ambled through a maze of orange day lilies, bronze markers, maple trees and granite benches Monday in search of their parents' final resting place.

Their father, Edmund Sylwestrak ...

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Know Your Options: Cremation

Cremation is quickly becoming one of the most popular funeral options with a national average topping 50% of Americans choosing cremation over burial. It has grown in popularity so much it is now recognized by the vatican as an acceptable means of final disposition. And while the process of cremation is ...

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Vatican issues guidelines on cremation, says no to scattering ashes

According to new guidelines from the Vatican's doctrinal office, cremated remains should be kept in a "sacred place" such as a church cemetery ...

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The Cremation Process

What is cremation?

Cremation is a means of final body disposition that uses intense heat to break down the body to bone fragments which are often pulverized along with the other organic matter to an ash-like substance.

The Cremation Process

Cremation is performed by placing the deceased in a cremation container of your ...

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Everything You Need to Know about Direct Cremation

Whether you are tight on funds, like the simplicity of cremation, or are environmentally conscious, you may choose a direct cremation. By law, every funeral home and cremation provider must offer a Direct Cremation package as a "minimal service."

What is Direct Cremation?

Direct Cremation is the cremation of a ...

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Alternatives to Embalming

Embalming is not the only means of temporarily preserving a body prior to burial or cremation. In fact, the United States and Canada are the only countries in which embalming is still considered common practice, with countries such as Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Luxembourg, and Scandinavia having banned it years ago. If you are ...

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Cremation Jewelry
A Lee Alexander & Co pendant

With the average cost of a "traditional" funeral topping $7,000 excluding cemetery costs and a headstone, it's no wonder half of the population is opting for a lower-cost cremation instead. With the rise in popularity of cremation, we have also seen a rise in ...

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Water Scattering: How to Pick the Right Biodegradable Urn

With cremation becoming so popular, the rise in products to accommodate cremated remains has also expanded. There are standard urns for display in the house or niche at the cemetery, urns designed to be buried, scattering tubes to facilitate scattering, urns that help you turn into a tree, some that are meant to ...

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Cremation by Water

In a 12-minute video, TIME on YouTube explained to the audience about an increasingly popular cremation alternative. It is still cremation in the end, except instead of using fire to cremate the body, it is water. Cremation rates are rising within the U.S., and researchers expect the number to ...

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Ask a Mortician: Alkaline Hydrolysis

Alkaline hydrolysis, otherwise known as flameless cremation, or liquid cremation, or water-based cremation, or even green cremation, is the process of liquefying the body after death. The 10-12 hour process combines pressure, heat, and lye to help dissolve the body. Some benefits of alkaline hydrolysis is the lowered impact it ...

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