Greenwashing in the Cremation Industry

The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) is a Chicago-based industry group that has projected that 38 percent of all deaths this year will finalize in cremation. This is a 12 percent increase since 2000. Additionally, cremation rates are expected to rise to 50 percent over the next fifteen years.This news may prompt many funeral directors to expand their cremation services for those individuals who seek a simpler death care process that is less expensive than a traditional burial. But, for those funeral directors to tout this death care service as ‘green’ is – to put it bluntly – “greenwashing.”

Funeral Home Options

Have you thought about how your body might be handled after you die? If so, you may have considered creating options for your burial now, even when young. But, the thought of walking into a funeral home to discuss those options might keep you from making those decisions.

How to Write a Eulogy

My mother has already written her obituary, because she’s afraid that someone will mess that little piece of writing up and she won’t be around to correct it. But, she can’t write my eulogy for her, a task that could fall on my shoulders if I’m around when she passes on. You see, she can write what she wants in her obituary; however, she cannot write what I would want to say about her once she’s gone. The eulogy belongs to the person who delivers it, not to the deceased.

A DIY Casket Now is Available

Do current casket prices make you wish that you could live forever? Or, does it make you want to look for another solution to the inevitable death and burial? One man, after learning that a relative’s funeral cost $12,900, decided to go another route and offer people a choice. His casket kits can be assembled with a screwdriver and glue and cost only $250.

Motorcyclists – What a Way to Go!

Are you a motorcycle enthusiast? No matter your two-wheeled proclivities, as this week is Sturgis week in South Dakota. In honor of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, offers some interesting ways to pass to the great Motocross in the sky.

The Differences Between Organ and Full-Body Donations

Are you planning to donate your body to science when you die? Or, are you planning to be an organ donor? While both plans are noble, there is a vast difference between full- or whole-body donations and organ donations. The difference may be enough to foil your death care plans for yourself, and it may cost your family some money in the long run. To that end, the following information may help you make more detailed plans for the disposal of your body once you die.

The Most Important Document After Death

After a loved one dies, do you know which document you need to move forward with everything from wills to the burial? The death certificate, sometimes called the medical certificate of the cause of death (MCCD), is a document issued by a government official such as a registrar of vital statistics that declares the date, location and cause of a person’s death. While a death certificate can help officials and others understand how the person died, it also may be required in order to arrange a burial or cremation, to prove a person’s will or to claim on a person’s life insurance.

How to Prepare a Corpse for an At-Home Funeral

If you want a truly green funeral, then you need to learn how your ancestors went about preparing a corpse for a funeral. The methods below were practiced before undertakers (or funeral directors) took over the handling of the dead between 1850 and 1920. Old-time funerals were, perhaps, the greenest funerals ever.

PrePayment – Is It the Right Choice?

How many times have you thought about prepaying for your funeral? After all, if you have money set aside and funeral plans all set, then your loved ones won’t need to worry about how to pay for your passing. While this willingness to prepay is gallant, you may be entering risky territory with a prepayment plan option. In fact, it may be money flushed down the toilet.

Some Words About Your Epitaph

Have you ever wondered what you’d like to say on your tombstone? What you’re thinking about is your “epitaph,” or an inscription on a tombstone or monument in memory of the person buried under that stone. While some epitaphs are flowery, others can be heartbreaking – especially those for children – and some are downright funny.