Tag Archives: Funeral Practices

Cremation Rates Exploding In The United States

More Americans are choosing cremation over burial for its environmental and economic benefits

In 1960, about 3.6 percent of the population opted for cremation. However, that number has risen steadily ever since. The Cremation Association of North America reports that in 2014, the national cremation rate reached 46.7 percent. That’s an astounding 1211.80 percent … Continue reading

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A New Concept in Green Burials

A Brooklyn, New York company is developing a "mushroom suit" to be worn after death

A New York-based company, Coeio, is experimenting with a new concept in green burials — mushrooms — or more specifically, a “mushroom suit.” According to company cofounders Jae Rhim Lee and Michael Ma, the suit and other burial products Coeio … Continue reading

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Our Weekly Tip: Creating Space

Using circles to help embody community in memorial services and life celebrations

Our Tip of the Week: When we think of traditional funerals and memorial services, the vision that often comes to mind is rows of seated people facing an altar. This follows the same layout of most church and temple services, … Continue reading

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Laying a Pet to Rest: A Short History of Pet Cemeteries

How pet cemeteries can help us grieve for our smallest family members

The loss of a pet can be as tragic and heart-rending as the loss of a human family member. Pets can be our faithful companions, our children, or even our coworkers. Because their love is so fiercely unconditional and their … Continue reading

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Italian Funeral Traditions

A look into Italian cultural beliefs about death and funeral traditions

As a culture, Italians are often inclined towards heavily theatrical rituals when it comes to major life events. Death and funerals, however, are exceptions: these focus more on the seriousness and the finality of death. Informed by the teachings of Catholicism, the … Continue reading

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Is Space Burial the Funeral Practice of the 21st Century?

Celestial service companies launch a symbolic portion of your loved one into outer space

The last seconds till take-off feel faster. It’s as if they’re accelerating, pounding, relentless—no, that’s your heartbeat pushing against time, trying to speed it towards the moment that you have imagined for months, maybe years. It’s a dream come true. … Continue reading

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