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Cremation Tourism: Germans travel Holland to avoid cost and red tape!

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Scattering Ashes
July 7, 2011

The thing about cremation is that it is not the end of the journey; it would appear that people don’t consider the crematoria to be the final resting place. Why would you need a connection with where you are cremated - it is the cremation ashes and where they reside that represents us.

So a phenomenon has occurred in Germany where people are being cremated in Holland then their ashes are being transported back to be repatriated. This is on the increase for a number of reasons; the Dutch don’t charge anywhere near as much as the Germans for cremation; the laws on the scattering of ash are more relaxed; and whilst Holland is perhaps a more secular society the sanctity is greater the deceased is cremated on the same day and not stored.

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Thanks to The Good Funeral Guide for altering us to this article.


Funeral Consumers Alliance of Vermont releases survey of funeral costs

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July 6, 2011

The Funeral Consumers Alliance of Vermont, (FCA-VT) announces the completion of its biennial general price survey of all Vermont funeral home prices. "We congratulate Vermont’s locally owned funeral homes in keeping the rise in funeral costs to a minimum during these challenging economic times", said Board President, Mary Alice Bisbee of Montpelier. "However, we also noted that the very highest prices in the State are to be found in Southern Vermont where 4 homes are now owned by one of the largest Wall Street conglomerates, Service Corporation International (SCI)."

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FCA-VT 2011 price survey of Vermont funeral homes

Last Updated ( Saturday, 16 July 2011 10:23 )

Do not stand at my grave and weep

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Do not stand at my grave and weep

by Mary Elizabeth Frye (1932)

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush.
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

Source: Wikipedia


IN THE KNOW: SevenPonds Speaks with the Funeral Consumers Alliance

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Embracing the End of Life Experience
June 28, 2011

Joshua Slocum, Executive Director of the FCA, Explains the History of the Death Industry and the Mission of His Organization

SEVENPONDS: Hello, Mr. Slocum. Could you please give us a short history of the American death industry? How does your organization fit into it?

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Funerals just the living end

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Times Colonist
Victoria, B.C.
July 10, 2011

Services have gradually becoming more personal, with videos and favourite songs, Firth says. "We're in this generation where people want to make a statement about who you are, or who you were." The traditional lilies-and-organmusic formula is no longer a given. (Cartoonist Adrian Raeside once placed an obituary in the Times Colonist in which he asked mourners to send singlemalt scotch and Cuban cigars in lieu of flowers.)

"Funeral directors are becoming event planners as much as death-care providers," Firth says. Trade publications predict funeral homes' greatest competition will come not from churches, but from hotels and golf courses vying for the "celebration-of-life" market. Choices, choices, choices can lead to family discord, even fistfights at funerals (which, frankly, I would pay good money to see).

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 July 2011 21:03 )

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