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One in five households hold someone’s cremated remains

Well that is what a survey of residents of California and Washington State revealed. I came across this delightful infographic the other day and thought it was worth sharing. A number of funeral homes got together and commissioned a small survey on people attitudes to keeping ashes in the home and is does make a…

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Should idigents be cremated or buried? Ohio debate

The small city Elyria, in Ohio near the shore of the mighty lake Erie is having a debate, should indigents of the town be buried or cremated. I suppose what first tickled my interest was the word indigent, I consider myself to have a reasonable vocabulary, but I and never come across this before, well at…

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Who gets the ashes: funeral directors caught in the crossfire

The law is not the most dynamic of tools and the law regarding cremation is not at the top of the legislators agenda. It is not set up to find the ‘right home’ for the ashes, it looks at it from the point of view of correct and efficient disposal. However there are two well…

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Money raised for charities from metal reclaimed from a crematoria to top £2m

Now this is good news. The money raised for charities from the recycled metals the arise from cremation is set to reach £2m.     When a body is cremated the non-combustible parts are left behind: the bones (the ashes) and any metal which arises. This metal was historically just the ironwork used to make…

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Burnley FC says no to Radio 5 presenter

Burnley FC has number of famous supports perhaps the the most famous is Prince Charles (I was a little surprised to read this too) anyway among the faithful is Radio 5 Presenter Tony Livesey. In a discussion about the Brazilian club Corinthians offering burial plots for their fans Mr Livsey, proclaimed that he was going to…

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Cremation in Norway – not what you would think

A Nordic send-off conjures up images of iconic viking pyres, right? Wrong,  turns out they are not big fans of cremation There is something of odd here, the percentage of Danes and Swedes opting for cremation is circa 70%+, nothing surprising there comparable with many secular progressive democracies, but Norway figures range from 36% (Wikipedia)…

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Je suis coupable… of keeping ashes?!

Our Gallic cousins appear to have a different attitude to keeping ashes at home, well I say different attitude – it is actually illegal! In fact 72-year old widow has been convicted by a local court for keeping ashes of her deceased husband. She missed him and she wanted him near by, so last year…

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Ashes kept in the house: is a ghost more likely to be present

I was hoping to do this post for Halloween, never mind. Keeping my eye out for a ash related interest I came across the question: If you keep ashes inside your house is this is more likely to retain the ghost of that individual or attract other ghosts in the vicinity? I suspended my own…

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Social Media – give us a thumbs up

Social media what’s it all about ah? Truth is it moves so quickly and leaves the vast majority of us a bit bewildered – ‘have you pintrested this and that, oh I have moved to intagram as facebook is not for me …. what ah?!? etc etc .’ What I do know is that an…

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They are fighting it out over cremation ashes memorial diamonds

There is no love lost in the Memorial Diamond world with claim and counter claim who is real? Are the Russian ones fake? Who is a ripping you off? So as a consumer you get to feel a bit unsure – what is real and what is not, who are the good guys and who can…

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A Scattering by Christopher Reid

I don’t profess to be a poetry buff, I wonder whether this                                                                                               is because I spent too long hearing my father say: Pah, that isn’t a poem: poems rhyme. Whilst these day I don’t subscribe to that theory, I often find myself having read a poem wondering whether I have missed the point or the subtle…

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