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Be minded of Aladdin’s Cave

You would be surprised how many stories there are about cremated remains ending up in charity shops, the normal circumstances are that a house clearance is organised by someone living away and no one checking or realising that a loved one’s ashes were in the wardrobe, these issues a are usually swiftly sorted. However this is…

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The changing face of municipal memorialsation

  It would seem councils are waking up to the fact that people are general cremated and now that people no longer scatter their loved ones ashes at the crematoria that they may have changing role in relation to public memorialisation. I came across this from Kelso in Scotland. A councillor has been petitioning Scottish…

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Digging up and stealing your father

A family from Berwick on the Scottish Borders are in dispute, the culmination of which lead to one of the sibling digging up his father ashes from his mother’s garden and refusing to return them. The remains of Mr Joseph Pringle were buried under a rose bush in the garden of the family home in…

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Storm over proposed ashes law in Auckland

  Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city is going though a reorganisation and the intention is the bring a number of boroughs together to make a ‘Super City’ the consequence of this is that city legislators need to streamline the various bylaws if things are to work smoothly, all well and good so far. The bylaws…

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Couple steal their own son’s ashes

Crime and ashes catches the medias attention, often a hapless bugler nabbing and urn not know what it was and then occasionally returning them through a pang of remorse. This is a bit different and comes from Bridgeport in Connecticut in the US. The couple in question tragically lost their son, when they came to…

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When reality TV encounters cremation ashes

Storage Wars is a popular US reality daytime show, that is also broadcast over here in the UK. This is a slightly odd concept to my mind. The premise is you follow people around whose business is purchasing the contents of storage units. The container contents are auctioned unseen to the highest bidder (the original…

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Lazy or accidently misleading: Ashes from DNA

The Daily Mail ran a story on it’s website entitled DNA test on some cremated remains after woman found wrong body in her mother’s casket. I thought blimey that’s interesting I was told the heat from the crematoria destroyed all the DNA. So I clicked with interest. Only to discover that is not what has happen…

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Bristol City Football Club Policy

UPDATE: “Just as an update we don’t allow ashes to be scattered or buried at the stadium so if you could update that would be much appreciated.” Bristol City do allow ashes to be interred at the ground, they don’t allow them to be scattered.  The response from Bristol City is interesting a spokesman said:…

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Memorial Tattoos Celebs are getting in on the act

Memorial tattoos are tattoos that contain the cremation ashes of a loved one, fine gains of ash are incorporated into the ink before the tattooing. It is interesting that in the UK, celebrities have the ability to legitimise practices and set trends. We are always on the look out for when this happens with cremation ashes.  Here we…

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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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Mortonhall Ashes Scandal

The Edinburgh crematoria at Mortonhall is at the centre of a scandal. Prior to 2007 it was their policy not to return the ashes of stillborn children and very small infants (antenatal or neonatal babies). The basis for this, it would appear, was  a blanket policy to inform parents that there would be no ashes…

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