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Common Funeral And Cremation Terms - Phaneuf

Common funeral and cremation terms

Not everyone has been to a funeral or has experience with cremation, so when it comes time to make final arrangements for either yourself or a loved one, you may be unfamiliar with some of the terms being used. To help make the process easier, here are 35 common terms that you may come across whenRead more

Common Funeral And Cremation Terms - Phaneuf

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

N.H. Senate Votes Against Alkaline Hydrolysis

This week, the New Hampshire Senate rejected House Bill 316 that would have allowed alkaline hydrolysis, a process for the disposal of human remains, by which bodies are dissolved into a liquid.   Proponents of the bill argued that the process is more environmentally safe in comparison to earth burials and traditional cremation.  However, the SenateRead 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

Resomation vs Cremation

Over the last several months, resomation and cremation have been hot topics in our local media (no pun intended).  In case you have missed the debate, a local Manchester funeral director wants to be the first funeral home in the country to commercially offer resomation.  Resomation, otherwise known as alkaline hydrolysis, is a process that usesRead more