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Body Transportation is Less Regulated Than You Might Think

In some states, transportation of bodies only requires a driver's license

If you live in Pennsylvania or New Jersey and own a car, you could start a new career transporting bodies to funeral homes or crematoriums — all it takes is a valid driver’s license. The New York Times points out … Continue reading

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Crematorium in Amiens Combines Science with Art

An architect creates a soothing, functional space for families

When you hear the word “crematorium,” it is rarely accompanied by the word “beautiful.” Recently, however, the architectural firm Plan 01 set out to change this common perception with two unique crematoriums, the Rennes Métropole Crematorium and the Crematorium in Amiens in France. Both buildings … Continue reading

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A Look at Japanese Funeral Practices

Cultural traditions in a country with a cremation rate of almost 100 percent

Japan has the highest cremation rate in the world at over 99 percent, with some local governments even banning burials. Cremation was reserved for the rich until after World War II.  However, once the cleanliness and efficiency of the practice … Continue reading

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Creating New Life from Death

The Ashwinlkumar Crematorium of Surat, India

We are wrapping up our focus on India today, in honor of Gandhi’s birthday and the International Day of Nonviolence, with a look at the beautiful Ashwinlkumar Crematorium in Surat, India. The architecture of this structure pays respect to its … Continue reading

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The Woodland Cemetery & Crematorium

How Swedish architect John Celsing contributed to the design of one of the most influential cemeteries in the world

Creating a crematorium for a landmark Unesco World Heritage Site cemetery is no small task, but Swedish architect Johan Celsing went above and beyond expectations. Indeed, his 2013 addition of a new crematorium to Stockholm’s architecturally famous Woodland Cemetery has … Continue reading

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Viewing or Witnessing a Cremation in America

A cultural practice in the US is slowly being adopted by funeral homes and crematoriums

The age-old practice of cremating a loved one out in an open air “Pyre” (a topic we have covered prior) is still practiced throughout the world, including in some private locations in the US reserved exclusively for certain religious groups. What many … Continue reading

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