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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…

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…

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…
Touching Holiday Gravesite Decor

As we near a time where families around the world gather together, it’s also a time to remember the ones who are no longer able to join in the traditions. To honor their memory many head to the resting places…

Canadian funeral director fights for new legislation around uncollected remains

How to manage uncollected remains is a standard funeral home and crematorium conversation topic. Everyone wants to do right by the departed and their families, but what is the right thing to do? Some countries allow for a mass plot…

New Zealand is actively working on modernizing its funeral legislation

The Ministry of Health in New Zealand is actively seeking help from the death care professionals in order to modernize its laws concerning the funeral industry. The government has released a consultation document as an outline on ways to modernize…

Singaporean funeral chain opening its first funeral home in the Philippines

Nirvana Funeral Home’s overseas expansion will open in Cabuyao City Philippines, and is expected to be the first of many. The company will be competing against a few funeral giants and a plethora of family owned funeral homes. Nirvana Funeral…