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A buried problem at country’s top funeral home chain?

A buried problem at country’s top funeral home chain?
BY AIMEE PICCHI, UPDATED ON: MARCH 7, 2017 / 1:20 PM / MONEYWATCH Families dealing with the death of a loved one are often struggling with a range of bereavement issues. The pain of getting overcharged by a funeral home may only add to their grief.  Rates and price disclosures from Service ...
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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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What You Should Know About Exploding Caskets

What You Should Know About Exploding Caskets
By Josh Slocum for The Washington Post, August 11, 2014 Putting dead people in buildings was never smart engineering. Mausoleum burial began as the prerogative of the powerful, providing the perception of a dignified end to a life of esteem. The majesty of the Taj Mahal and the wonder of the Egyptian ...
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Conserved land offers back-to-nature burials

Conserved land offers back-to-nature burials
By Bill Moss for the Hendersonville Lightning Carolina Memorial Sanctuary in Mills River offers a place for people to bury their loved ones or scatter their ashes, in harmony with nature. On Oct. 2, the sanctuary donated a permanent conservation easement to Conserving Carolina, which assures that this burial ground ...
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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, and laid ...
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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 Bethany Memorial Garden are expected ...
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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 in memory of ...
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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 HAYLEY CAMPBELL 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 as a ...
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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 a green burial ...
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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.” The ...
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