Will biodegradable urns help the death care industry towards sustainability?

The growing acceptance of cremation and the public awareness about the environment has led to an increase in biodegradable urn offerings. It seems as if every other booth at funeral fairs around the world have a new supply of biodegradable…

Changing Irish funeral mentality is leading to growing direct cremation services

While the preference for burials remains in Ireland as a whole, there is a growing trend towards direct cremation services followed with customized wakes.  Cremations only account for 19.61% (2017) of Ireland’s death care industry, but similar to the United…

Neptune society being sued for not upholding prepaid service plan agreements

Neptune Society, one of America’s largest funeral service providers,  is being sued by the California attorney general accusing the company of not having enough reserves in the bank and misleading business practices Neptune Society is accused of pocketing $100 million…

Regulators take next step in country wide acceptance of water cremation in Canada

In Ontario, Canada water cremation (Alkaline Hydrolysis) has been under review after regulators froze the license of a funeral home in Newcastle with a  low-temperature water aquamation machine. The Canadian regulatory institution Bereavement Authority of Ontario (BAO) wanted additional evidence…

Portugal’s fifth crematory to be opened in September 2020

In southern Europe, cremations are slowly gaining favor . Traditionally countries, with strong Catholic or Orthodox backgrounds, like Greece, Spain, Italy and Portugal have buried the  deceased. However, times are changing with Greece recently opening its first crematorium and Portugal…

China’s one child only policy ́s effect on the death care industry

Aging populations will be changing death care landscapes worldwide. How does a population of over 1.3 billion cope with these changes? From a developing to a developed country  In the last 30 years the economy of China has taken flight.…

Can the soothing and comforting familiarity of water cremation bring a new end of life body disposal option to the public?

Alkaline hydrolysis, water cremation, bio cremation, resomation, green cremation, flameless cremation, or aquamation. It all refers to an alternative water based and Eco-friendly cremation option for consumers. A third option While they are standard and accepted options today, cremation by…

Greece opens the country’s first ever cremation facility

It’s hard to imagine, but just a few short months ago if you passed away in Greece and wanted to be cremated the only option available was to travel to Bulgaria. A minimum seven hour drive from Athens to the…