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On my way to the Blue Ridge Mountains

The crematorium run by Cremation Services Inc. of Winston-Salem has had its license suspended by North Carolina Board of Funeral Services. Why? Well one of its employees had 93 unclaimed sets of ashes stored in his home in North Carolina. A neighbour noticed bone fragment and ashes near to the man’s dustbin and reported it […]

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Carrie Fisher interred in prozac pill urn

Carrie Fisher immortalised in film as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars films passed away in December. She was laid to rest alongside her mother: Debbie Reynolds – also a movie star who tragically died a day after her daughter. Carrie Fisher had suffered with mental health issues for many years, so it was […]

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Washington residents want a scatter garden

Cremation is rising in popularity in the United States, now, just under half the population opt for cremation when the time comes, but the trend towards this has been quite steep and as such has created many varying dilemmas and opinions. One outcome is a group in Washington that are pushing the council for a […]

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Where west meets east: memorial reefs in Hawaii

Memorial reefs are well established in the US the most famous is arguably the Neptune Society: a fantastical underwater sea-scape set off the coast of Florida – clear blue warm seas, absolutely perfect. With those sort of climatic conditions where else in the States might be ideally suited, well Hawaii for one….? Now cast your gaze to the […]

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Prince’s Ashes

Prince’s Ashes The musical icon Prince passed away late last month, he was found collapsed in a lift at his home. Those in the know consider there is no reason why he should have taken his own life and the most likely explanation is an accidental overdose of painkillers he was using for a back […]

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Scattering Ashes in the USA National Parks

I can see why many Americans would opt to have their ashes scattered in one of the National Parks: the size and grandeur are breathing, the sense of scale, space and wilderness are awe-inspiring The good news is you can – the Park Service routinely grants permission for scattering of ashes. The same is true […]

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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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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 trends towards cremation in the USA

Here is an interesting article from USA Today which has looked at changing trends in death rituals in the US and greater adoption of cremation. The article points to six noticeable changes in culture: More people are personalising cremation The articles points to the fact that there is greater choice out there for people to […]

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More columbarium controversy

What started as a spat between a church and local businesses on the construction of a columbarium has gone wider and now the State of Wisconsin have issued an opinion that concurred with the attorney general in Cedarburg – columbaria are the same as mausoleum. Which has come as a bit of a surprise to […]

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Cross-dressing thief steals ashes

I often wonder whether the world is becoming stranger or that weird things always happened but now communication is much better so we see more of them. In this case we have a fairly well reported occurrence: the theft of ashes. Readers unacquainted with the blog may not know this is common, but it  is, well sort […]

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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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We don’t want the ashes back

  I am always keeping an eye out for news stories and when I started posting I would say every week there is a story about some cerebrally challenged crook who mistakenly pinches an urn and the family are pleading for it back (often with happy endings I am delighted to say), then there are […]

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