Every year, thousands of cremated remains go unclaimed for a variety of reasons at funeral homes, cremation providers and local and state agencies across the country.
Attempting to fix that issue, Michael Neal, a funeral director in Washington, Pa., has launched a revolutionary website to help with the painstaking task of identifying those unclaimed cremated remains and reuniting them with their loved ones.
Funeral photography, funeral selfies and “corpsies” via mobile devices are becoming more and more normal at death beds AND funerals, despite the fact that they’re seen by many as pure sacrilege. Huffington Post stated that such images are “evidence the apocalypse can’t come soon enough.”
I myself once felt uncomfortable with the idea of deathbed / funeral selfies, but I’ve slowly become more open. Here’s why:
One image shows a group of soldiers — some grinning, some striking comic poses — beside a casket draped in the American flag. The accompanying caption said, “We put the FUN in funeral your fearless honor guard from various states.”
Anthony joins a department consisting of Director of Business Development Kellie Schilling, who has been with NFDA for more than 25 years, and Business Development Coordinator Karen Wicker, a recent addition to the NFDA staff.
Scenes from a symposium: Attendees experienced great education, great exhibits, and great fun in Las Vegas with CANA and NFDA!
Wisconsin is one of nine states that prohibit cemeteries from owning funeral homes. A bill under consideration in the Legislature would scrap that decades-old law and allow cemeteries and funeral homes to be operated together. Those working against the bill say it’s a bad idea because it would open the way for some big players to move into the state and drive down costs, only to hike them later.
Pinky was “a member of our family” and brought it a “holy joie de vivre,” Black wrote in a 2011 essay in The Christian Century magazine titled, “Unexpected grief: Elegy for a border collie.”
Pinky taught his family about selfless dedication and focusing on the moment, rather than “an unfetchable past and an uncertain future,” Black wrote.
And, the theology professor added, he hopes to see Pinky in heaven: If the biblical Psalms call for all creatures to sing praise, “Who’s to say that God does not accept the bark of a border collie as praise?”
There are many other possible ways that boomers will affect our social, cultural, economic, and political scenes in the years to come. There has been no shortage of projection and discussion of these implications, some of which are based on hard facts, and some on speculation. Indeed, just a cursory review of the literature shows that almost every industry has commissioned studies and done research to see how aging boomers are going to affect their line of work — ranging from the cremation industry (expecting a boom) to the impact on automobile crash rates.
Homesteaders Life Company, a national leader in pre-need funeral funding, has hired two new account executives to join the Home Office region team. Kristie Lynch and Eolo Nizzi are based at the company’s West Des Moines, Iowa headquarters and will serve funeral home customers in multiple states.
A young mortician goes behind the scenes, unafraid of the gruesome (and fascinating) details of her curious profession.
Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty—a twenty-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre—took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work.