Granny Tomatoes & Fake Death Side Gigs | 4M #29

ENJOY Funeral Industry News Lighter Side Morticians' Monday Morning Mashup April 4, 2022
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Granny Tomatoes & Fake Death Side Gigs | 4M #29

Welcome to the twenty-ninth edition of Morticians’ Monday Morning Mashup, where we’ll serve up bite-sized, easily-digestible nuggets of the deathcare news you need to crush conversations in the week ahead. Bon appetit!

Colorado holds state’s first natural organic reduction laying-in

In 2021, Colorado became the third state to legalize natural organic reduction (NOR), following in the footsteps of Washington and Oregon. NOR bills are also being considered in Massachusetts and Deleware, and chances are we’ll see proposals pop up in more states this year. Last week, Colorado began its first NOR disposition, and in this news story about the event the reporter rightly explains the NOR process, as it’s a brand new idea to many folks outside deathcare. One phrase, though, gave me pause. 

After explaining that the “pick-up truck bed’s worth” of resulting soil can be used for growing plants like trees and flowers, the article goes on to say that Colorado law “bars the soil from being used to grow food for human consumption.” Now, that option for the soil has never really crossed my mind, but now that I’ve read it, I can’t get it out of my head. Not sure I’d like to know that the juicy tomatoes or crisp cucumbers in my salad were harvested from a garden made of Grandma… 

This should be way more fun than a city council meeting

Here’s another excellent idea for anyone struggling to educate their community on what they do: Partner with a local politician for a town hall meeting devoted to deathcare. Three Texas funeral directors, along with healthcare leaders and a county judge, joined State Representative Carl O. Sherman for a “Last Responders Town Hall” in March. The Facebook Live presentation was designed to inform the public on the status of deathcare, including COVID-related deaths, in the area. We all know people have questions about what you do, but they’re afraid to ask. Forums like these offer the perfect opportunity for you to answer those questions and, at the same time, showcase your specialized knowledge and care for your community.

Desperate times in Hong Kong

As a fifth wave of COVID-19 rolls through China, the country’s deathcare professionals are yet again facing more than their share of challenges. In addition to handling more than 200 deaths per day, they’re also facing a major shortage of caskets. It’s so severe that people are allegedly stealing caskets from warehouses and more families are turning to eco-friendly cardboard caskets — even though some Chinese believe using a “paper casket” is “shameful” and “not very respectful to their loved ones.” The company that creates these cardboard caskets, LifeArt Asia, can produce up to 50 per day, which is definitely helping to fill the void left by “disappearing” wood or metal models.

Would this be considered passive income?

A new Netflix documentary tells the story of Gerald Cotten, a cryptocurrency exchange entrepreneur who disappeared in 2018 — without leaving anyone the “keys” to access the billions of dollars in crypto his clients had stored in the exchange. Several weeks later, Cotten’s wife announced that her husband had died in India at the age of 30 from complications of Crohn’s disease. Conspiracy theories ensued — including one alleging that Cotten had faked his death as part of an exit scam and was living his best life under an assumed name on their dime (or Bitcoin). Consequently, reporters investigated his death and closed-casket funeral, because, as one publication put it, “the fake-death industry in India is a real thing.” Who knew?


Fake news, misinformation, opposing viewpoints, call it whatever you want- it’s everywhere! In fact, we’ve even heard people say, “live streaming funeral services is so difficult!”

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