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Funerals/Holding Ashes

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Lisa Carlson
May 5, 2011
My good friend's sister is engaged to a gentleman who parents owned a funeral home some years back. The funeral home has since been torn down.  The gentleman she is engaged to gave my friend an urn full of cremated ashes as a Christmas gift. She has these cremated ashes and doesn't know any next of kin. I am assuming they were unclaimed some years back when the funeral home closed and he ended up with them.  Is there any legality in him passing these ashes around? What does she do with them?? They are human remains and need to be put to rest!!
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Continuing the search for preneed exams

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Death Care Law Blog
June 4, 2011
The Missouri State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors staff has some new faces, and in contrast to most rookies, these newcomers are playing pivotal roles in developing examination procedures for the state’s preneed funeral sellers. The Division of Professional Registration chose personnel with prior auditing experience, but as these ‘rookies’ are learning, there is little in the way of guidelines for the examination of trust funded preneed. Missouri’s preneed heritage only makes their task more difficult.
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Cons of Burials in Airtight Caskets

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May 27, 2011
Ostensibly, airtight caskets preserve a body longer than less expensive, unsealed caskets. However, consumer groups, such as the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Central Ohio, say the only significant effects of sealed caskets are the anerobic bacteria they create and the boost they give to the funeral industry's bottom line.
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The Preneed Database: another audit tool

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Death Care Law Blog
June 11, 2011
[The] Kansas Secretary of State sought legislation in 2010 for the authority to seek individual preneed data from its cemeteries selling preneed ..... As opposed to the paper report of individual contracts, the preneed database provides the regulator more flexibility in reviewing information and creating contract listings from which to begin audits and examinations at the funeral home or cemetery.
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Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 June 2011 14:05 )

Poetry on Death, Dying, Joy, Celebration of Life

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Creston End-of-Life Project
No. 21: Cremation, Robinson Jeffers
It nearly cancels my fear of death, my dearest said,
When I think of cremation. To rot in the earth
Is a loathsome end, but to roar up in flames-besides, I am used to it.
I have flamed with love or fury so often in my life,
No wonder my body is tired, no wonder it is dying.
We had great joy of my body. Scatter the ashes.
Read all 28 poems at Creston End-of-Life Project

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