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The Scary New American Cemetery: The Death of Individual Burial Choice and Custom
Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 November 2010 12:50 )
"The American cemetery is becoming a reflection of the desires of the funeral services industry rather than the wishes of the American public," Marsh says. "The irony is that the laws that once gave great deference to families regarding burial practices, are now being used to institutionalize a commercial norm at the expense of individual choice, family custom and religious beliefs."
Read the full article at DeathCare.com
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 November 2010 13:53 )
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Metro mistakenly sold pioneer cemetery grave sites that were owned by others.
It involves Metro, land use and a bit of controversy. Nothing new there.
But this is different. You know the 14 pioneer cemeteries that Metro manages in the Portland area? Lone Fir and the others? Metro announced that 640 unoccupied grave sites, bought and reserved by people planning a final resting place, were incorrectly resold to others.
Oh, the complications.
Read the full article at OregonLive.comEDITORIAL NOTE:
Metro is the Portland, Oregon, area local regional government serving than 1.5 million residents in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties and the 25 cities in the Portland region.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 November 2010 19:38 )
McHenry County, Illinois
Sunday, October 31, 2010
The origin of the cemetery
The first rural cemetery containing winding roads and landscape was created in 1831 with Mount Auburn Cemetery in Massachusetts. Rural cemeteries like these sparked the public park movement.
Before then, burial grounds on church yards and in vacant lots were used. People weren’t necessarily buried in coffins or deep enough. The ground would freeze and thaw, and bones and parts of skeletons would resurface. burial grounds was a common practice.
By the 1830s, attitudes changed, along with the name. Cemetery meant sleeping chamber, "a domesticated haven, a place where all would be welcomed home."
Read the full article in the Northwest Herald
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 November 2010 09:18 )
October 28, 2010
(CNN) -- Like many Americans, you probably think you're pretty charitable. Perhaps you donate money to the needy or ill, give away your old clothes, volunteer at your child's school or participate in holiday gift drives in December.
But you may be missing something. As you're charitable in life, you could also be charitable in death. This holiday season -- Halloween -- you could start thinking about a kind of ghoulish donation: your body.
Read the full article at CNN.com
Last Updated ( Monday, 01 November 2010 11:55 )
Death Care Compliance Law
October 31, 2010
That’s the question a member of the Missouri State Board [of Embalmers and Funeral Directors] asked of his staff last Wednesday during a discussion of controversial [preneed] examination procedures. Prior to the NPS fiasco, the answer to that question would have been "the Board is". While SB1 (appropriately) continued to vest preneed supervision in the State Board, the new law also vests concurrent authorities in other state bodies.
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