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Alberta Funeral Home Charges Oversized Cremation Carbon Tax

Earlier this month, two families in Alberta were surprised by unanticipated charges that accompanied the cost of the cremation of their loved ones. The additional charge was listed as a carbon tax and cost $100. With the average cost of basic cremation services ranging from $1,500 - $2,700 (plus or minus), it is easy toRead more

Scattering Ashes

A Few Things You Should Know About Scattering Ashes

When a loved one dies, and that person will be cremated, the last thing you want to think about is disposing of their remains. But the time comes when a plan must be made. If you’ve decided to scatter your loved ones’ remains, versus keeping them or storing them somewhere, there are a few thingsRead more

White Mountains New Hampshire

Where You Can and Can’t Scatter Ashes in New Hampshire

There are technically no state laws that govern where you may or may not store or spread the ashes of your loved one in the state of New Hampshire. Therefore, you have a variety of options when it comes to choosing where to spread the remains of a deceased loved one. However, there are manyRead more

Are you Considering Cremation?

If you’re considering cremation, you may have questions and/or concerns about the process. While different states have different laws and guidelines associated with cremation, here is some helpful information regarding the process itself, including special requirements and other guidelines. Definition, Rules and Requirements Cremation is simply the process of taking a human body and reducingRead more

Vatican Publishes New Guidelines for Catholic Cremations: What You Need to Know

On Tuesday, October 26, 2016, the Vatican published new guidelines for Catholics wanting to be cremated. The updated guidelines were released just prior to All Souls Day, a day of praying for and remembering the dead. The History of Catholic Cremation For most of the existence of the Catholic religion (over 2,000 years), the churchRead more

5 Reasons Cremations Are on the Rise

This year, cremation has surpassed burial by roughly three percent in the United States. Currently 48% of Americans are being cremated, with estimates predicting that that number will rise to 70% by 2030. That signals a huge cultural shift an is reflective of the social norms that abound today. If you are wondering why theRead more

5 Unique Ways to Dispose of Cremains

There are many reasons to choose cremation, but perhaps the most common reason is the flexibility it accords. Cremains can be kept for any amount of time, they can be buried or interred, or they can be scattered in a meaningful location. While many people opt for some version of the above-mentioned options, others areRead more

3-D Urns Offer Customization for Remembrance

While most people would agree that selecting an urn for your loved one’s ashes is a delicate and thoughtful process, it is also true that in the end there is not that much difference in the appearance of the chosen product. The material and make might be slightly different, as is the price tag, butRead more

The Past Unveiled: A Brief History of Cremation

Although cremation has gained popularity in recent years, it is hardly a new practice. In fact, historians date the earliest cremation ceremonies all the way back to the 8000 B.C. in China. The Chinese were not the only ones employing the method; cremation was widespread among the Vikings in Scandinavia, the Greeks in the HellenicRead more

Space can be the final frontier for your ashes

  We’ve written before about some of the things you can make with cremated remains – also known as cremains – such as jewelry, sculptures, fireworks and even ammunition. But some people want their remains scattered, either at a special place that had meaning for them when they were alive or somewhere unusual – likeRead more