Archive for Uncategorized

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 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


Comments (1)

The Architect and the Urn – exhibition in Seattle

In all the funeral planning research I’ve done, one of the most amazing monuments I’ve seen was made of  solid glass by a Seattle company, Lundgren Monuments.  Once you’ve seen them, you’ll never forget these extraordinary pieces of art.

Lundgren Monuments is the collaboration between two professional glass artists, Jim Nelsen and Greg Lundgren.

June 3-18, 2010 in Seattle,  Lundgren Monuments is hosting an exhibition of urns. As stated in their press release:

Lundgren Monuments is proud to present The Architect and the Urn – a west coast exploration of the cremation urn as architectural object, June 3 – July 18, 2010. Over thirty architects from Seattle to Los Angeles approach the design and concept of housing human ash in this complex and conceptually rich exhibition.

glass monuments

The Architect and the Urn, an exhibition on the design and concept of housing human ash

Leave a Comment

We are #1 Funeral Arrangement site! has declared that is the #1 funeral planning site on the internet.

Mahalo ranks #1 Funeral Planning website

Mahalo ranks #1 Funeral Planning website

Mahalo is a human-powered search engine dedicated to help people easily find information and resources they can trust. On their page about Funeral Arrangements guess who is #1 on their Mahalo’s Top 7 List? That’s right,!

Here’s a screen capture from the page –

mahalo Screen capture

– Anna

Leave a Comment

The Absolutely, Number One, Most Important Part of any Meaningful Funeral……..

THE NUMBER ONE, ABSOLUTELY, MOST IMPORTANT Part of ANY Meaningful Funeral is …….(drum roll) a heart-felt eulogy delivered by someone who loved the deceased person.

This summer we’re building out the content on to reinforce the fact that is the best funeral planning site on the internet.  Last week we launched a new series of articles on Eulogies called the Eulogy Resource Center.

A eulogy composed and delivered by someone who loved the deceased is the key component of a meaningful memorial gathering.

Think about the funerals you’ve attended. What do you most remember? Wasn’t it the daughter’s speech about her mom’s life or the nephew’s series of stories about his Uncle?  These speak directly to our hearts. We relate immediately to the speaker. They may make us cry, but this group experience will draw us together as a community and help us to acknowledge the life of our relative, friend or associate that has ended.

A heart-felt eulogy may cause us to reflect on our own lives and how we’re spending our time.

Often the eulogy is given by a clergy or celebrant who has never met the decedent let alone loved them. Although the clergy or celebrant may do an excellent job of interviewing family and friends and presenting an accurate and interesting eulogy, the intimacy of first hand knowledge and heart-felt attachment will be missing and can lead to disappointment.

It almost doesn’t matter what is said, the experience of someone who loved the decedent standing up and speaking on behalf of the departed is a powerful experience for both the speaker and the audience.

The personal eulogy is a gift to the departed and to those in the audience.

Don’t miss out on this extraordinary life experience.

Leave a Comment

Boston Funeral Guide is “Live”

The Boston Funeral Guide is live on the internet. Next up is the New York Funeral Guide.

Whenever she leads a funeral ceremony, the Rev. LisaAnn Donegan takes time to get to know all about the deceased, their passions, their quirks, their essential humanity. Rev. Donegan can then craft a gathering to bring both comfort and solace to mourners, as well as celebrate the life of the deceased in a meaningful way.

The only problem is getting the word out to those who need her services, she says: the funeral industry can be tight and insular.

“There are people who don’t want a traditional funeral,” Rev. Donegan says, “But they don’t even know they have a choice about how to proceed. You can educate people all you want, but in time of crisis, of mourning, people go to the fastest place they can, a funeral home. The funeral homes, though, have a small group of people they exclusively work with, such as the same ministers and chaplains. What my difficulty has been is helping people understand there is a different approach.”

That’s why she’s so pleased with the Boston launch of and its Boston Funeral Guide, the first-ever local online guide for funeral planning. While several companies produce local wedding-planning guides, no one has created a local funeral-planning guide aimed at consumers that allows them to quickly and easily compare services and vendors and pick those that best suit them.

“We want to help people plan funerals at home, on their computers,” says Anna Copley, cofounder of the

The Boston Funeral Guide can be found at  It is part of, a national funeral-planning Web site based in Seattle.

“We launched the national Web site two years ago; we realized that most of funeral planning involves local vendors – caterers, musicians, florists. We decided to create a series of local funeral guides that allows people to easily tap into these resources,” Copley said.

Finding the right person to conduct her mother’s service meant everything to Sarah Erlandson, who says other consumers should have the same ability to easily locate critical funeral resources. “I am totally at a loss how to convey in mere words what an iportant part in my life Rev. Donegan played, and how grateful I am that my search for just the right person to conduct my mom’s memorial led me to her,” Erlandson said.

Nearly 30 categories of vendors are included in the Guide. These local vendors provide funeral-related services such as ash scattering by boat or plane, clergy and celebrants, flowers, dove release, reception sites and venues, and musicians.  A unique category is grief support. All vendors in this category are nonprofit organizations that provide free or low-cost counseling for those grieving.

The Guide includes articles on Low Cost Funeral Tips for the Boston Area, Green Funerals in Massachusetts, and other key topics.

The Guide includes a complete directory of the Massachusetts laws regulating funeral homes and cemeteries.

In keeping with’s mission to help people plan meaningful funerals, the site offers an online funeral-planning tool called MY FUNERAL. MY FUNERAL covers all issues involved, from major considerations like, “Do I want to be buried or cremated?” to details such as what should be inscribed on a headstone. The MY FUNERAL tool contains seven steps, but users can skip steps or stop at any time and all their completed work will be saved.  MY FUNERAL helps people consider their options, make informed decisions, and pass these decisions on to people who will carry out their wishes.

From Burial at Sea to grave tenders, bagpiper to motorcycle hearses, is a great resource for funeral planning in eastern Massachusetts.

Leave a Comment

First Ever Local Funeral Guide for Orlando



Brides planning a wedding have over five online wedding guides to help them explore ideas and connect with local Orlando vendors. On the other hand, families planning a funeral have none — until now.  The new is the first-ever online funeral-planning guide for Orlando and Central Florida. We want to help people consider all their options and find vendors.  Some people will use our guide to find a funeral home and have it take care of everything. Others, will use the funeral home only for direct cremation and use our guide to plan a memorial event at a reception site with food, music and a DVD tribute to their loved one’s life.

There are 23 categories of local funeral related products and services in the Some of these categories include – Cemeteries, Scattering by Boat, Clergy, Flowers, Dove Release, Butterfly Release, Reception Sites, and Musicians. Other categories include unusual options such as ash Scattering by Balloon, Home Funeral Guides (also known as death midwives) and Transportation, which includes a listing for Downtown Horse and Carriage and their horse drawn hearse.  Another unique category is Grief Support. All vendors in this category are nonprofit organizations that provide free or low-cost grief counseling.

The  features an interactive map of all the funeral homes in Greater Orlando area and a directory of all the cemeteries.  People can easily identify funeral homes in the Orlando area, compare services and become more informed of their funeral options. The Guide provides local insight on funeral planning in Central Florida.  Articles include Low Cost Funeral Tips for the Orlando and Central Florida , Green Funerals and Burials in Orlando and Central Florida, and Scattering Cremated Remains in the Orlando Area.

The Guide includes a complete directory of the Florida state laws regulating funeral homes and cemeteries.

The makes funeral planning easier for people in Central Florida. The is the sixth in the’s series of local funeral guides.  Other local funeral planning guides include – the, the, the  San Francisco, the LA/ and the

Leave a Comment

San Diego Funeral Guide – Funeral Planning website for people in San Diego!

Check out the latest local funeral planning guide from  This time they’ve created a funeral planning guide for San Diego – Packed with local vendors providing services to people planning funerals in the San Diego area – reception sites, musicians, clergy/celebrants. The is a fantastic tool for the people of San Diego.

Leave a Comment

Older Posts »