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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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You don’t need words to say goodbye

We often think we need words to fill our world, here two brothers (presumably) are scattering the ashes of their father in a tranquil and beautiful setting. Nothing is said apart from one enquiring whether the bag containing the ashes is to be washed out with the sea water. I like it. I always think…

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Scattering Roxanne in Arizona

Below is a five minute video that had been posted on YouTube entitled Spreading Ashes – Spreading Roxanne’s ashes at Bell Rock in Sedona, Arizona. Why it was upload and for whom I am not sure, but clearly by the emotion shown it was still quite raw for those involved. It is not an easy…

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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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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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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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California scattering ashes at sea – law

 – Change in the law for burial at Sea California State law signed off on the 10 July 2012. Backed by the Funeral Directors Association, legislation has been brought in to establish a protocol for scattering ashes at sea. It would appear that people have been using standard sealed plastic container or poly-urns to scatter…

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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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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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Cremated ashes down the gutter

  In America the family of a murdered Portuguese journalist followed the dead man’s wishes and tipped his cremated remains down the subway grate in Times Square. There is no reason given as to why Carlos Castro wished to be memorialised in this why just that the family made a hasty exit after the deed. It seems…

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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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Ashes into Art exhibition

  Here is an competition and exhibition in the US, sent over to me by Charles Cowling at the Good Funeral Guide, that deals exclusively with funeral urns as an art form. At first I thought now that’s a bit odd an exhibition about works of art for cremated ashes, but actually if you have a look…

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Ashes lost in the post!

A couple’s dying wish to have their ashes scattered together will never be realised after a delivery company threw away the precious cargo. Muriel and Stanley Furlong wanted their remains strewn into Liverpool’s River Mersey and in the San Francisco Bay in California, where they had lived for 20 years. Their son, Wayne Furlong, trusted…

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Gary Coleman – Diff’rent Strokes star to be scattered on a train track

The star of Different Strokes Gary Coleman is to have his ashes scattered on a train track. Why? because of his love of trains. His former wife Shannon Price said she believed it would have been his wish – and would have made him happy. Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/tv/3007238/Gary-Colemans-ashes-will-be-scattered-on-railway-lines.html#ixzz0svamXn8t I wonder if stream train operators like…

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