Archive for May, 2010

Sunday Morning piece on caskets

Sunday Morning features modern caskets

My husband watches “Sunday Morning” every…. well, you know, every Sunday morning.  Anyway, a couple of weeks ago they did a feature on the changing consumer desires for caskets.

They address the personalization craze with caskets covered in pictures and  the African type carved into particular shapes.  They also address the green, simple casket movement.  They interview Ruth Faas and Sue Cross  from Mourning Dove Studio in Arlington, MA.

The piece is a few minutes long and interesting. Check it out  – http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=6511594n&tag=cbsnewsVideoArea.0

Funeral planning has changed and you can see it in people’s changing attitude toward caskets. One size does not fit all. People want personal and some want simple and green. – AC

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Cremation by water

cremation by water

Water cremation has been around for years and is now gaining attention as people seek greener alternatives to cremation. On TheFuneralSite.com we’ve call this form of  disposition Resomation others call it Water Resolution or Bio-Cremation.

California is looking at amending the law to allow this form of cremation. Sounds like funeral directors like the idea. It supposed to be significantly less expensive than traditional fire cremation. Another advantage to funeral directors is that they do not need to go through the difficult and expensive procedure for obtaining air emission permits from local air pollution agencies that are necessary with fire cremation.

Right now Florida is the only state allowing this form of cremation. The first commercial bio-cremation facility is expected to become operational in St. Petersburg in the next few months.

I predict that in this new form of cremation will be the next big thing in the funeral industry.

It makes sense – – it’s less expensive, creates less pollution and is more, gentle, than fire cremation.  People will love it. – AC

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