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Not getting it right at Nubble Light

Divers in York, Maine find evidence people have not got scattering at sea quite right. Divers are finding sealed plastic bags with peoples cremated remains un-scattered at the beauty spot of N. On the Maine coast – Cape Neddick Sohier Park. Apparently these unsuccessful scatterings has happened on at least two occasions the first time…

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Scattering ashes at the Olympics

  There just had to be an ashes story to go along with the wonderful London 2012 Olympic games and we weren’t to be disappointment a lady from Australia admitted taking the ashes of her late father – an Olympic silver medallist in the triple jump – sneaking down to the trackside and scattering them…

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Cremation is on the rise for American Jews

It would appear that there is an increasing number of American Jews are opting to be cremated rather than buried, which some parts of the community are quite unhappy about. Jews have a long tradition of burial, and more orthodox elements find cremation abhorrent. I have posted on the about this before and the scriptures…

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Crematoria opened in the UAE

  The building of a crematorium is not really news worthy, well not in the UK, however they are not that common in the middle east. Islam doesn’t allow the cremation of its followers – they must be buried. However the startling fact is in the United Arab Emirates 85% of the 8.2 million residents…

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Cremation urn thief avoids custodial sentence

A thief, in Cincinnati (USA), who stole 15 cremation urns and sold them for the scrap value, has avoided a prison sentence. Law makers in the State of Ohio have been trying to reduce the prison population and have required that alternative punitive sentences be sought instead. So in addition to the miscreant getting five…

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Buddhist relics revealed after cremation

Here is a little article that caught my eye a Chinese website from Shenzhen (near Hong Kong) and give us a little window into other cultural cremation practices. After a seven day cremation ceremony of the Buddhist master Benhuan, his cremator was opened and it revealed a number of relics, these appear to be ball…

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Cremation ashes cause stir at the Oscars

The comedian Sasha Baron Cohen has been up to his old tricks, dressed as his latest comedy creation, The Dictator, and accompanied by two rather attractive female bodyguards. He was interviewed holding what he claimed was the cremation urn containing the ashes of his friend Kim Jong-il – the late North Korean leader. He said…

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Scattering Ashes in the Movies

  The plenty of films about marriage, numerous ones on birth and some on funerals and the strange part about it is (and my thinking has not been base on any scientific approach) these tend to be dark comedies or aimed to pluck at heart strings. What is also significant, to my rather subjective mind,…

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Cremation Memorial Plaques: criminal jailed!

A thief has been given a six month prison sentence for selling brass memorial plaque for scrap metal. Nathan Hallsworth, twenty-six, admitted handling stolen goods but said he had not known what they were – yeah right! The court was told the significant distress caused to the families by the theft and the Recorder Richard…

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What is permanent when scattering ashes?

Here is a short piece from the Ormskirk and Skelmersdale Advertiser. The former green keeper from the Comrades Club Bowling club voiced concerns over the moving of a war memorial from the bowling club to a new location. His issues were more than just the moving of the structure, it was the fact that many…

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Cremation Urn lost aboard the Costa Concordia

  Sandra Rodgers thought she was going on a lovely Mediterranean cruise with her daughter and granddaughters, where she had planned to scatter the ashes of her late husband Barry at Monaco. Little did she know she would end up in a “completely chaotic” rush to escape the stricken cruise ship. It sounds like an…

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Austerity measures impacting grieving families: Scottish crematoria shutting on a Saturday and Sunday

The article below from the Perthshire Advertiser whilst seemingly local, throws up some very interesting questions around bereavement services, their cost and availability. Perth Council have decided to retain ownership of their crematoria. A move welcomed by local funeral directors on the grounds that it will keep costs down for families. However, they have chosen…

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Interring ashes: In a House of Cards?

Perhaps an unnecessarily cryptic title, however Sir Ian Richardson aka Francis Urquhart in the much acclaimed television drama the House of Cards passed away four years ago, and not uncommonly his wife was undecided what to do with the cremated ashes until their son had a splendid idea – to inter him in the the…

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Putting cremation ashes into jewellery

I do wonder about the web sometimes it is just so well… big, the top dog at Google Eric Scmidt says: “Every two days now we create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization up until  2003, according to Schmidt. That’s something like five exabytes of data,” What ever an exabytes…

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The missing episode of The Wire

  Cremated ashes mistaken for narcotics A traffic stop in Wyoming led investigators to a powdery substance believed to be drugs, but it turned out to be cremains of a grandmother. The traffic stop happened about 7 a.m. Wednesday on a stretch of Wyoming 28, in southwestern Wyoming-  according to a Wyoming Highway Patrol media…

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