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Stonehenge ancient cremation ashes burial site

The wonderful and enigmatic Stonehenge. One of the most famous prehistoric sites in the world. And guess what? It was a crematoria – It’s official. Well sort of, but it was certainly a post cremation grave for the ashes of VIPs, forensic archaeologists have been examining more than 50,000 cremated bone fragments, from 63 individuals […]

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The Statutory Duty of English and Welsh Cremation Authorities in relation to the Disposal of Ashes

This is a direct lift from the appropriate legislation including instrument number and revoked legislation, it is actually quite clear: (c) HM Government The Cremation (England and Wales) Regulations 2008 SI No. 2841 Came into force  – 1st January 2009 PART 6 Disposal of ashes 30.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), after a cremation the cremation authority must give […]

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The cost of cremation in the UK

We have had a look at the Cremation Society of Great Britain figures for the cost of cremation in the United Kingdom, are the headlines. Countries in the UK in order of cost: Most expensive England; Scotland; Wales with the least expensive being Northern Ireland. In England there is unsurprisingly a rough north south divide […]

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Interring cremation ashes in the Holy Land

  Should it be your last wish to have you ashes interred in the Holy Land then we can help. We have teamed up with a company that runs two sites in Israel, one near Jerusalem – in Kibbutz Kiryat Anavim, and the other at the Sea of Galilee –  in Kibbutz Maagan. Both places are very evocative with huge biblical and historic significance: […]

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Can you send cremation ashes in the post?

Royal Mail Policy on sending Ashes in the post You cannot send the whole amount of cremated human remains / cremation ashes in the post. You can however send up to 50g of ashes. The Post Office prohibits the full amount being sent either: nationally via Royal Mail and Parcelforce and internationally through Parcelforce Worldwide UK, which includes mail […]

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Cremation Ashes: Chemical Composition

  If you are wondering what the chemical composition of Cremation Ash / Cremated Remains is then the following should help, I found this courtesy of the Good Funeral Guide, but thought it was worth worth reproducing. This a reproduction of the article: The results provided, with the exception of Phosphate and Sulfate, are presented […]

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A Spring Scattering Ceremony

Well we tried waiting until Spring had sprung before writing this but Mother Nature seems to have other ideas! The daffodils and crocuses are still trying to survive despite the snow and rain and Easter is a time when many families get together and think about their loved ones and often decide to scatter their […]

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What do Americans do with their ashes?

How many people opt for cremation in North America Around 40% of North Americans choose cremation, in Canada it is slightly more popular than in the States. This figure varies from state to state, in Oregon the percentage of cremations is over 63%, Hawaii it is 66% whereas Alabama it is down to 9%.  In general the further […]

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Ancestors, Ghosts and Scattering Ashes

  Ever wondered about the spiritual connotations of scattering ashes? Well now you don’t have to anymore because Spiritual Science Research Foundation (strapline –‘bridging the known and unknown worlds’) has come to our assistance. I will attempt to précis what they are aiming to communicate – however I have attached the link at the bottom […]

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Fairtrade Fortnight 2013

This week sees the launch of this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight, every year companies, organisations and supporters get together to celebrate and raise the awareness of Fairtrade issues. Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. The sales of fairtrade chocolate, […]

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Rich Rituals by Final Fling

The following post has been written by a company we support called Final Fling based is Scotland, your personal ante-fatal clinic. The place to sort your stuff ‘afore ye go’. Final Fling is the spirited, pragmatic home of end-of-life planning. Do it in the good times – don’t leave it to someone else. moreOur cat […]

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Exhumation of ashes – permission granted

Exhumation of ashes – permission granted Exhumation of ashes is a tricky subject; it is rare that it is granted. Here we have a story with a positive ending, the children of a man whose cremated remains were buried in Bourne Abbey churchyard in Lincolnshire have been granted permission by Church of England’s Consistory Court […]

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Are human cremation ashes toxic?

Are cremation (cremains) ashes toxic? No. Can they be harmful in any way? Somewhat, if concentrated amounts are placed on grass it can cause a ‘burning’, a similar effect of putting on too much fertiliser. So they need spreading out and if you are putting them in the soil you need to dig them in […]

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Cremation Urn wins prestigious design award

  When people (well I suppose me) think of design awards you may think of an office chair back pain or corkscrew that that works through telekinesis. You may not think of a Cremation Urn. Well the Memento urn, a biodegradable urn used for water burial, has won the prestigious Red Dot Design award. The […]

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Charm Bracelet: Keepsake Memorial Jewellery

New range of keepsake cremation jewellery: beautiful range of Pandora style charm bracelet beads, this keepsake jewellery will contain a smalls amount of your loved ones cremation ashes. These memorial beads incorporate a small amount of ash that adds to the beauty of the design. All these beads and charms are compatible with most major […]

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Humour often masks our true fears

It would not be Britain if we could find no humour unlaughable and this is never more the case in the funeral world. I visited the National Funeral Exhibition this year for the first time and was, one level, surprised to see an exhibition stand that specialised in funeral humour and it was doing brisk […]

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Cost of burying ashes at a family grave

Cost of burying ashes in a family grave This story form sunny Devon highlights the unforeseen cost of choosing to bury the ashes of a loved one in a family plot. A lady, called Phyllis Bishop, a long time resident of Torquay passed away. Her wish was to be buried alongside her husband at their […]

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Ashes into Ceramic Pottery: USA

Do you live in the United States and would you like to have ashes incorporated into a piece ceramic art? If the answer is yes (to both of thoses), then great news because I have a choice of ceramic artists for you! We have had two lovely potters contact us over the past few months […]

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Memorial tree – a great remembrance gift

Memorial trees are just great. They provide a focus point for remembrance, they represent life and the renewal of life. A company that Charles at the Good Funeral Guide spotted are doing mail order trees. I have to say (and I am not on commission – honest) the deal seems reasonable. Cards and flowers are […]

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Cremation ashes exhumed in rare judgement

If you choose to bury funeral ashes that is final, you can’t move them anywhere else, apart from is you are granted an exhumation order from the Department of Justice. Technically this is true even if you decide to bury the ashes in your own garden, you will still need an order to remove them. […]

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Alan Titchmarsh this is it! Ashes in a garden sculptures

Henry Moore or Barbara Hepworth it has to be said do a darn fine sculpture, but this Bristol based company go one better – beautiful memorial garden sculptures that house a persons cremated ashes. The company produce a range of four designs of garden ornaments in polished stainless-steel that reflect natures elements, these sculptures store […]

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Funerals – the cost of it all

  The cost of a funeral is a big worry for many families caught between their wish to give the correct level of reverence and affordability, it seems this is worse when people don’t leave any wishes and loved ones ere on the more expensive side. There has been a survey [dated 2010] by the National Association […]

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