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Special ID Sticker for Shipping Cremated Remains Via U.S. Mail

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National Funeral Directors Association
Posted: August 26, 2013

Beginning August 26, the United States Postal Service (USPS) will begin placing a special sticker on any cremated remains being mailed domestically or internationally.

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US Postal Service - Retail Service Talk: Label 139, Cremated Remains

US Postal Service - Frequently Asked Questions: Label 139, Cremated Remains

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 27 August 2013 09:19 )

Home Funeral Conference in Raleigh, NC October 18-20, 2013

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Green Burial: Al Jazeera talks to FCA

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Green goodbyes: The growth of eco-burials


London, United Kingdom - On a beautiful sunny afternoon, Eva Moseley wanders through a tranquil wooded area in Massachusetts, pointing out various beauty spots amid the dappled sunlight and spreading trees.

 It's a visit with a purpose - she is looking for the spot where she would like to be buried in a simple woodland ceremony.

Ms Moseley plans to be laid to rest in a shallow grave, without a large headstone, in a simple wood and cardboard coffin.

Her funeral plans are a far cry from the traditional American burial, which has become increasingly elaborate in the past 150 years.

In funeral showrooms across the US, salesman push grieving families towards the heavy, polished metal caskets used in more than 60 percent of burials in the country.

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FTC Finds Funeral Scofflaws. . But You Can't Know Their Names

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Once again, the Federal Trade Commission has published a useless-to-the-public press release about how many funeral homes they found violating the law during their undercover investigations. Notice that none of the funeral homes in the cities listed are identified so you, Mr. and Ms. Consumer, cannot make an informed choice about avoiding businesses that don't play fair with their customers. That's because the FTC agreed to let the National Funeral Directors Association run the Funeral Rule Offender's Program (educational for Rule violators) in exchange for anonymity. Sweet deal, huh? 

For what it's worth, here's the FTC release.

FTC Conducts Undercover Inspections of Funeral Homes in Eight States to Press Funeral Homes to Comply with Consumer Protection Law

FTC’s Funeral Rule Requires Funeral Homes to Provide Price Lists to Consumers

Investigators working undercover in eight states detected significant violations of Federal Trade Commission consumer protection requirements in 23 of 127 funeral homes they visited during 2012.

Last Updated ( Friday, 22 November 2013 13:15 ) Read more...

A genuinely new idea in cremation

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—Much ink is spilled in the funeral trade press about "personalizing" funerals. Said personalization often amounts to little more than cutesy corners for caskets (deer if dad was a hunter, a golf tee, etc.). Funeral director BT Hathaway of Fall River, Massachusetts, has come up with something different. We don't promote products on the FCA blog for obvious reasons, but BT's MemryStone deserves a look for standing out as something genuine in a crowd of overpriced highly-marketed gee-gaws. It's quiet, it compels hands-on participation by the grieving, and honestly, it's touching. Let us know what you think in the comments. 

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Archaeologists have found evidence of aromatic herbs and flowers placed in graves at least 14,000 years ago. And, historically, cremations (funeral pyres of various constructions) have involved the participation of family and community members for thousands of years. Regardless the disposition, less "modernized" societies do not have worries about the identity of remains or the completeness of funeral rites. Multiple eye witnesses can attest the authenticity of every ceremonial step.

Not so with contemporary cremation.

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 July 2013 14:06 ) Read more...

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