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Brexit will lead to a lack of staffing for UK end of life services

A no deal Brexit has officially begun and industries across the board will begin to feel the effects. A big part of the campaign for Brexit was job security for the British. The UK National Health Service (NHS) and care…

Initiative to built Western-Europe’s largest Islamic cemetery well on its way

Over the past decades the numbers of Muslims in Western-Europe has rapidly increased and with that the need for Islamic burial sites. A fundraising initiative in the Netherlands has collected half of the needed €410,000 ($447,521) needed for the new…

Pennsylvania is introducing a new bill requiring nursing home deaths to be reported to a local coroner

Two bills are requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities to report all deaths to a coroner, as soon as possible, before moving the body. The coroner will then be responsible for determining the cause of death and decide if…

2019 films that took on death themes

It’s Oscar time again. So get out your gown and take a look at the 2019 films that are talking about death and issues around it. THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS, so read further at your own peril. Seriously, it’s about…

Funeral costs in the UK at a record high

The average funeral cost in the UK is now £4,417 ($5,800) and as high as it has ever been. If prices keep increasing according to the trend of the past 15 years then the average price of a funeral in…

How can the public and families say goodbye to Legendary athletes at the same time?

Athletes are an important part of our society. Bringing together communities to unite and enjoy the simple love of a game. When these emblemes of our communities pass, it’s not only the family who mourns, but the world. Leaving families…

Funeral and cemetery costs are driving the Argentina cremation market

Argentina is a country steeped in heritage. This can be seen in the way of life, the government and the traditions, until recently that is. The way Argentinians are dealing with death is evolving quickly, due to the cost implications. …

Australian Funeral Directors fight for consumers payment rights

The Australian Senate economics committee is currently considering final submissions for a bill that would outlaw cash payments between individuals and businesses of more than $10,000. It has already passed in the House of Representatives last month and the Senate…

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…

New tradition emerges in Holland honoring WWII Veterans on Christmas Eve
What started at a local cemetery in the small town of Holten, the Netherlands, has grown to become a yearly tradition that is quickly spreading throughout the Netherlands to honor those who liberated the country in World War II. 75…