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Gay Rights and cremated remains

Gay right issues are at the forefront of a progressive liberal society, I think we all know that. But I didn’t think they would ever cross over with the world of ashes. Well they have. Marco Bulmer-Rizzi, a British man lost his husband in a tragic accident whilst on holiday in South Australia in January, where same-sex marriage is not […]

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Bio-cremation: err it isn’t actually cremation

I am not a pedant, trust me. If you ask friends and significant other that would not make the list. Geek, yes sometimes, I’ll take that, but pedant, no. There have been a number of articles recently about ‘bio-cremation’ a process by which the body is accelerated through stages of decomposition reducing it to a […]

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Carrying ashes on a Delta Air Lines flight

Carrying ashes on a Delta Air Lines flight. Travelling with ashes can be tricky, it is best to get thing right from the start, so that your journey is as stress free as possible.  So if you intending to take cremation ashes on a Delta Air Lines flight, this is what they say: Cremated remains can be accepted […]

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Carrying ashes on a Lufthansa flight

Carrying ashes on a Lufthansa flight Travelling with ashes can be tricky it is best to get thing right from the start, so that you experience the minimum disruption.  So if you intending to take cremation ashes on a Lufthansa flight, this is what they say: In regards to your enquiry, passengers are allowed to carry the cremated remains […]

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What to do with ashes?

What to do with ashes? One of the most frequently asked questions is – what to do with ashes? You can choose to: Keep them Bury them Scatter them If you want to keep them, then consider Do you want to keep all or some of them If all then you will need to think […]

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How to scatter ashes: 5 different ways

Here is how to scatter ashes? Here are 5 ways to make your ceremony even more memorable Casting: is the act of throwing the cremation ashes to the wind or usually just called scattering. There are a number of thing you should consider. they are more ashes than you realise they can cover quite an […]

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10 Ways of Keeping Ashes at Home

Keeping ashes at home The crematorium have rung your funeral director to say your loved one’s ashes are ready for collection. The funeral home pop a lovely letter in the post letting you know that they have the ashes and will keep them until you are ready to collect them. What do you do? Your […]

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A ceremony in the Sirhowy Valley

It is not often a family scattering ceremony is reported unless there is some mishap or there is a celebrity involved. This story appeared in the South Wales Argus, a family from Gwent scatter the ashes of their relative on Sirhowy River in near Blackwood. Apparently, they were the first to be granted permission by […]

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Last orders please

Every year I am shocked by just how fast Christmas approaches, I have no sooner put away my flip-flops when I’m asked where we’re going to spend Christmas Day, last year my mum surpassed herself by asking me the Thursday before the August Bank Holiday! It’s nice to feel wanted and Christmas is such an important time of the […]

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Making a Will

Making a Will Making a Will. There was yet another thought provoking article article in the family section of the Guardian yesterday, a woman who has no children talks through the process of making a will.  We all find this process difficult, staring your demise in the face and making confident decisions about what will […]

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One Virginians preference for cremation

In the early days of the blog I did quite a few ‘personal perspectives’ and I am not sure why I haven’t posted any for a while. This lady’s ponderings interested me, not only is it thoughtful, but it has a clear insight into the american way of thinking and highlights for me the debate in the […]

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A Sign of the times?

The Ministry for Natural Resource in Ontario, Canada has taken a progressive step about the scattering of ashes in its jurisdiction. It has been legal to scatter ashes on provincial crown land since 2009, but the public have been requesting greater clarity and the ministry in response to these requests has erected a sign for guidance […]

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The value of gruesome gold

The value of gruesome gold.. (all wording in italics is from the original author) Question: What happens to the gold teeth when a body is cremated? This was the question sent to the Citizen Times and here is the their answer My answer: In this case, it seems, you can take it with you, mainly because, […]

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What is the price of ashes?

The Mortonhall scandal in Edinburgh was dreadful, the practice where the crematoria did not return or offer to return stillborn or new-born babies ashes to the parents after cremation, with the reason that there was nothing to return, when in many instances this was untrue and very wrong. The subsequent mea culpa from the municipal […]

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Burnley FC says no to Radio 5 presenter

  Burnley FC has number of famous supports perhaps the the most famous is Prince Charles (I was a little surprised to read this too) anyway among the faithful is Radio 5 Presenter Tony Livesey. In a discussion about the Brazilian club Corinthians offering burial plots for their fans Mr Livsey, proclaimed that he was going […]

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Cremation in Norway – not what you would think

  A Nordic send-off conjures up images of iconic Viking pyres, right? Wrong,  turns out they are not big fans of cremation There is something of odd here, the percentage of Danes and Swedes opting for cremation is circa 70%+, nothing surprising there comparable with many secular progressive democracies, but Norway figures range from 36% […]

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Je suis coupable… of keeping ashes?!

Our Gallic cousins appear to have a different attitude to keeping ashes at home, well I say different attitude – it is actually illegal! In fact 72-year old widow has been convicted by a local court for keeping ashes of her deceased husband. She missed him and she wanted him near by, so last year […]

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A Scattering by Christopher Reid

I don’t profess to be a poetry buff, I wonder whether this                                                                                               is because I spent too long hearing my father say: Pah, that isn’t a poem: poems rhyme. Whilst these day I don’t subscribe to that theory, I often find myself having read a poem wondering whether I have missed the point or the subtle […]

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Facebook to the rescue again!

Two positive stories about Facebook in one week! Fingers crossed I will be on the payroll soon. This is the story of a man who had his mother ashes returned to him after a Facebook appeal. A thief stole his van in Bridport, Dorset then returned the ashes (not the van) presumably after having his […]

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