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States consider: Is it legal to dissolve bodies?

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Kansas City Star
Associated Press
Thu, Jun. 02, 2011
Hal Shimp didn't want a traditional send-off after death. He didn't want a big, somber service, and he certainly didn't want to be buried.

When the 91-year-old World War II veteran died in February after a cancer battle, his body tissue was dissolved using heat and lye, turning it into a liquid that could be poured down a drain and a dry bone residue given to relatives, who plan to scatter it when they plant a tree in his honor.

His family in Ohio saw it as a more environmentally friendly option than cremation and a fitting choice for a progressive-thinking guy who used to gather aluminum cans and cardboard for recycling.
Read the full article in the Kansas City Star

Funeral Elements - Four Rs for A Good Goodbye

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The Family Plot Blog
Funeral Planning for Those Who Don't Plan to Die
June 6, 2011
"Don’t have a funeral for me when I’m gone." People say this, not realizing while the memorial service is about them, it’s not really for them. Funerals are for those still living who grieve the loss of someone they love.
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All hands to the pulp coffin

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The Good Funeral Guide
Monday, 6 June 2011

I wonder what you will think of this new coffin from Denmark. It is pressed from recycled paper pulp. Here are the key features, helpfully translated by Mr Google.
Read the full article at The Good Funeral Guide

NOTE: 1 kilogram = 2.2 lbs

SCI Announces the Acquisition of 70% Interest in The Neptune Society, Inc.

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PR Newswire
June 3, 2011
HOUSTON, June 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Service Corporation International (NYSE: SCI), the largest provider of deathcare products and services in North America, today announced that it has acquired 70% of the outstanding shares of The Neptune Society, Inc.  Neptune is the nation's largest direct cremation organization, with annual revenues of more than $55 million and a network of 30 locations in nine states. Through an active preneed sales program, Neptune has built a backlog of future revenues of more than $125 million.  Neptune operates under the brand names Neptune Society, Neptune Cremation Service and Trident Society.
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Special thanks to Caroline Flanders of the Deathcare Discussion Mailing List for directing us to this article.

The Venerable Bede (673-735 CE) on Life

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The Good Funeral Guide (UK)
Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Go, Bede!

The present life of man, O king, seems to me like to the swift flight of a sparrow through the hall wherein you sit at supper in winter, with your commanders and ministers, and a good fire in the midst, whilst the storms of rain and snow prevail abroad; the sparrow, I say, flying in at one door, and immediately out at another, whilst he is within, is safe from the wintry storm; but after a short space of fair weather, he immediately vanishes out of your sight, into the dark winter from which he had emerged. So this life of man appears for a short space, but of what went before, or what is to follow, we are utterly ignorant.

Source: The Good Funeral Guide


Saint Bede or the Venerable Bede (Wikipedia)

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