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A Sign of the times?

The Ministry for Natural Resource in Ontario, Canada has taken a progressive step about the scattering of ashes in its jurisdiction. It has been legal to scatter ashes on provincial crown land since 2009, but the public have been requesting greater clarity and the ministry in response to these requests has erected a sign for guidance…

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Pensioner failed to get exhumation order on the grounds of access

A pensioner from Norfolk has failed in her attempt to get the ashes of her mother exhumed. She had partitioned the Church of England’s Consistory Court but to no avail. Mrs Queenie Ivy Gooch wanted the ashes of her mother moved from the Churchyard in Gunton to the nearby Kirkley Cemtery so that she could…

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Forensic science and the case of the dubious ashes

I think most of may raise questions if we received a love remains back and we got a solid grey lump back like the one in the picture. This is what happened to family of a man in the US, what is more it was a kilogram heavier than was expected. Dubious indeed! The funeral…

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The value of gruesome gold

The value of gruesome gold.. Question: What happens to the gold teeth when a body is cremated? This was the question sent to the Citizen Times and here is the their answer My answer: In this case, it seems, you can take it with you, mainly because, well, ewwww.  Real answer: I’m not going to lie….

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Sandcast Memorial Glass: Meet your Maker series

We are extremely proud to be working with Jenny as she is a local rising star who is helping us to provide lasting tributes for those who have no ashes to scatter.  We often gets calls from people who want to do something with their loved one’s ashes but for some reason either don’t have access…

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What is the price of ashes?

The Mortonhall scandal in Edinburgh was dreadful, the practice where the crematoria did not return or offer to return stillborn or new-born babies ashes to the parents after cremation, with the reason that there was nothing to return, when in many instances this was untrue and very wrong. The subsequent mea culpa from the municipal…

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US Agony Aunt’s readers give reasons for choosing cremation

In the US cremation is on the rise, so a popular US agony aunt asked why. Whilst cost is often sighted and one case there was not enough space for a burial in the cemetery of choice.  There was two other reasons which I was not expecting.  One revolves around the versatility of cremated remains in memorialising,…

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Forestry Commission Scotland policy on scattering ashes

Good news, Forestry Commission Scotland has a more progressive and enlightened view of dealing with those who wish to scatter the ashes of a loved one compared to their neighbours south of the border. Scotland’s National Forest Estate covers nearly 9% of Scotland and comprises forests, woodland and open ground.  And in their words ‘It’s…

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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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