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Is a columbarium a mausoleum? A hot debate in Wisconsin

The attorney general of Cedarburg city, Michael Herbrand thinks so, but the reverend of the local Advent Lutheran Church disagrees. So why is this such a big deal? Well the Church had deigned a columbarium for their downtown (city centre) church which was to be the resting place for a number of its congregation; they…

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Bremen is the first state in Germany to allow the scattering of ashes

Bremen, the smallest state in Germany, has voted to allow the scattering of ashes. To be honest I knew the name, but I was not aware where it was – and it is small, really small in fact it is two cities that are separated by the larger state of Lower Saxony. You might not…

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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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Grave robbing – don’t move ashes without permission!

Hardly the modern day Burke and Hare, however the crime of digging up and removing ashes under the law in is the same: abuse of a corpse   Three men in he US have been in charged with ‘grave robbing’ after they dug up the cremated remains of two of their relatives in order to…

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Digging up and stealing your father

A family from Berwick on the Scottish Borders are in dispute, the culmination of which lead to one of the sibling digging up his father ashes from his mother’s garden and refusing to return them. The remains of Mr Joseph Pringle were buried under a rose bush in the garden of the family home in…

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Florida court decides ashes are NOT property

  The tragic case of a feuding parents fighting over their sons ashes has come a step further to concluding when the 4th District Court of Appeal decided that the ashes were not property.  Scott Wilson a 23 year old was killed in a car accident 4 years ago. He was cremated, but his parent’s who…

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Storm over proposed ashes law in Auckland

  Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city is going though a reorganisation and the intention is the bring a number of boroughs together to make a ‘Super City’ the consequence of this is that city legislators need to streamline the various bylaws if things are to work smoothly, all well and good so far. The bylaws…

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The Law concerning Cremation and scattering ashes in Alberta Canada

The law in Alberta in Canada is quite relaxed and sensible, the one nice aspect is that expressly says you can use a homemade casket as long as it’s rigid and has handles. CREMATION Before a body can be cremated, a Medical Examiner must examine the Medical Certificate of Death signed by the attending physician. The appropriate…

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New cremation law to be introduced in the Republic of Cyprus

  The Republic of Cyprus (the southern bit) is looking to introduce some laws on cremation. Within these is all the sensible  one might expect: stuff thou shalt  remove all pacemakers along with all clothing or footwear containing rubber or PVC, earrings, bracelets, rings, glasses, and any foreign material which cannot be cremated. However, dental…

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An urn for an old Sailor and the MODs exasperating institutionalised culture of secrecy: Part 3 the final episode

  This is the final episode of the mini-series. The story so far – I want the measurements for a box. The Ministry of Defence have said I can’t have it, actually when you put it like that it this doesn’t sound very interesting does it? Okay. This is a story about one mans valiant attempt to…

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An urn for an old Sailor and the MODs exasperating institutionalised culture of secrecy: Part 2

Hello, last week I posted the start of a small saga in relation to me trying to find the specification for urns the Royal Navy need for committals at sea. Here is the post. I split it into three parts to make a bit of a story of it – also it goes on a…

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An urn for an old Sailor and the MODs exasperating institutionalised culture of secrecy: Part 1

This a story I will tell in three parts and it is the documentation on my conversation with the Ministry of Defence MOD, relating to a printed specification for an urn, although my title is ‘slightly’ leading I wonder if you will share my view? Halfway through last year I got a call from a…

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A lady bell ringer fails in her attempt to move her parents ashes closer

A lady bell-ringer from Northchapel a village in West Sussex,  who wished to exhume and relocate her parents ashes to bring them closer, has had her appeal been rejected. The chancellor of the diocese of Chichester and a judge of the Church of England’s Consistory Court, refused Mrs Lacey’s request to move her parents ashes from…

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A man causes panic and a Mall shutdown after scattering his fiancée’s ashes

 (c) Saratosa Herald Tribune A shopping mall in Sarasota, which is on the west coast of Florida in the USA, went into shutdown after a man was observed scattering an unknown substance on the floor of LensCrafters opticians in the Southgate Mall. Thomas Morin inadvertently triggered a full scale alert when carrying out the last…

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The Statutory Duty of English and Welsh Cremation Authorities in relation to the Disposal of Ashes

This is a direct lift from the appropriate legislation including instrument number and revoked legislation, it is actually quite clear: (c) HM Government The Cremation (England and Wales) Regulations 2008 SI No. 2841 Came into force  – 1st January 2009 PART 6 Disposal of ashes 30.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), after a cremation the cremation authority must give…

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How should Cremation Authorities pack and dispatch ashes after cremation

What should Crematoria do and what should you expect? The following is based on a Best practise briefing produced by the Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities (UK), I have provided a link at the bottom to the actual guidance. In essence their primary responsibility is to ensure you receive the ashes safely and in…

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Please act responsibly: mourners in the Lake District acting without thinking

There has been a plea from the Lake District National Park Authority for people to act more responsibly when scattering ashes. Apparently families have been scattering the ashes of a loved ones then just leaving the box or urn behind! I find this bewildering and infuriating: what were they thinking? Oh John loved it up…

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Some Dutch Authorities are ripping people off for scattering ashes

  Firstly in the Netherlands you can’t just scatter ashes anywhere, they need to be scattered in a designated place, the trouble is that there appears to be huge disparity in the amount being charged for the privilege. This was reported in the Dutch News, which emanated from the consumer show Kassa (translated quite simply…

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Mortonhall Ashes Scandal

The Edinburgh crematoria at Mortonhall is at the centre of a scandal. Prior to 2007 it was their policy not to return the ashes of stillborn children and very small infants (antenatal or neonatal babies). The basis for this, it would appear, was  a blanket policy to inform parents that there would be no ashes…

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