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5 Facts About Cremation

Why cremation? Some people like the idea of a simple funeral process; others prefer cremation to the decomposition process that occurs in a burial. For others, it’s cost; a cremation is often – but not always – less expensive than a funeral and burial in a traditional casket. For a whatever reason, cremation has beenRead more

10 Unique Cremation Keepsakes

Cremation has become increasingly popular in the last two decades. The cremation rate in the U.S. has grown from 14.9% in 1985 to an estimated 44.2% in 2015, according to the Cremation Association of North America (CANA). New Hampshire is seventh in the nation for cremations at 66.7%. With the cremation rate steadily growing, it’sRead more

Unique Ways to Handle Cremation Remains

Although traditionally the option of choice in handling the deceased has been a casket burial, cremation is starting to become a more popular choice for many. For those families that select cremation, there are several different ways to handle the cremation remains, also known as “cremains”. The most common way of handling cremains is byRead more

Cremation – A Growing Trend

Thirty years ago, the cremation rate in the United States was about 1%. Currently, the national cremation rate is at about 40%, which is expected to go up to 60% in 2025. In New Hampshire, our cremation rates are one of the highest in the country per capita, at over 60%. With burial costs betweenRead more

Options for Scattering Ashes after a Cremation

Laws Regulating the Scattering of Cremated Ashes Generally speaking, there are no overall governing bodies that regulate the spreading of ashes, nor are there health, environmental or safety issues to consider. However, if you are going to conduct your ceremony on city, town, or state land, the appropriate bylaws should be followed. (Common sense wouldRead more

History of Cremation

The first evidence of cremation in the archaeological record dates to approximately 20,000 B.C. in Mungo Lake, Australia. In the Middle East and Europe, there is evidence of cremation as early as the Neolithic period, approximately 9500 BC. Early Persians practiced cremation, which was later prohibited in the Zoroastrian period, approximately 600 BC. In ZoroastrianRead more

Resomation: an Eco-Friendly Alternative to Cremation?

What is resomation? Resomation is an alternative process for the disposal of human remains using alkaline hydrolysis.  The process was first proposed as a method of disposing of cows infected by bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease) because the end product is a sterile, genetically-free green-brown liquid, containing ash, chemical components (amino acids, peptides, sugars,Read more

Resomation Banned in New Hampshire (Again)

Last week, the New Hampshire Legislature refused to pass a bill that would have overturned a ban on alkaline hydrolysis, otherwise knows as resomation.  Last year, I blogged on this very topic and do not want to reiterite what I said in this current writing.  The Associated Press covered the story which you can readRead more

Police Find Abandoned Cremated Remains on Rochester Street

I was recently interviewed on a local TV station about a plastic bag full of cremated remains that were found abandoned on a street corner in Rochester, NH.  While this story seems strange, you would be surprised to learn how many phone calls we receive about people finding cremated remains in various places.  Recently weRead more

Why Is Cremation So Popular In New Hampshire

Most people don't realize that New Hampshire has one of the highest cremation rates in the country.  With families choosing cremation well over 50% of the time, cremation is now the preferred choice for most Granite State families.  Statewide, the rate is projected to exceed 65% within the next ten years.  So why do soRead more