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Environmental Impact of Death

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RESOURCES: SevenPonds Blog

Learn about your choices when deciding your or a loved one's disposition and how it impacts the environment.

Things to Know
What is the environmental impact of “traditional” burial?
What is the environmental impact of embalming?
What is the environmental impact of cremation?
How much vaporized mercury is released through cremation?
How can I reduce the environmental impact of my cremation?
Are there any alternative forms of disposition?
What about Natural or Green Burial?

Read the full article at SevenPonds Blog


Death---It's a Living

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CNBC is airing the hour-long documentary "Death, It's a Living," on Thursday, January 31 (check your local listings). FCA executive director Josh Slocum is interviewed as a critic of the funeral industry. The piece looks at embalming, funeral trade shows, cremation, cemeteries, and more. A two-minute preview shows what looks like a pretty entertaining hour of TV. 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 March 2013 13:33 )

Nice-looking booth!

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FCA national board member Karen Smith (also on the board of the FCA of East Tennessee) put together this great-looking display for a local expo. 








Check out this cool mini casket----perfect for donations!

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 January 2013 19:40 )

Rabbi Prevails-Pennsyvlania Can't Stop Private Religious Funerals

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Josh Slocum, Executive Director 

What would you say if a state agency said you were required to hire a licensed supervisor for your son’s Bar Mitzvah? Or engage a “Certified Celebration Director”* to oversee the events at your daughter’s Quinceañera? You’re probably laughing, but that’s exactly what the state of Pennsylvania tried to do with funerals. But outspoken Pittsburgh Rabbi Daniel Wasserman put the kibosh on this unwarranted intrusion by settling a case against the Commonwealth on December 17, 2012. The State Board of Funeral Directors and the Department of State agreed in a memorandum that laws requiring funeral director licensure do not apply to individuals or religious communities that carry out funerals privately without profit or payment.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 January 2013 15:15 ) Read more...

Win a Cremation?

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The Neptune Society wants to make your holiday warm and bright, but they're not thinking of chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Correspondent Robert wasn't filled with holiday cheer when he opened his mailbox to find a solicitation from the cremation company well-known for aggressive sales come-ons: 













A free cremation? It's like winning the Showcase Showdown on the Price is Right! Except not. 

What Neptune really wants, of course, is to sell you an over-priced prepaid cremation. You can usually find it less expensively if you do a little price comparison in your area. And based on the number of complaints we've received about Neptune their cremation may not be a good value at any price. Read more here. 

P.S. to Neptune—Get better stocking stuffers. 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 January 2013 15:14 )

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