Culture

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…

Koreans are learning to live by pretending to die

For the last seven years Hyowon Healing Center has offered free funerals to the living in hopes of helping people come to peace with their passing or to encourage people to embrace their lives. More than 25,000 people have participated…

Only 2% of the Indian population have access to palliative care

With only a small fraction of patients being treated, local Indian health organizations decided to team up to help inform the local palliative patients, their families, and health care professionals about the benefits of palliative care. Celebrating World Hospice and…

Funding shortages in the UK are forcing hospices to close

Hospices, largely funded by charities, are foreclosing and more will follow if no measures will be taken. Staff Shortages The Observer revealed that UK’s National Health Services is battling staff and funding shortages. Currently 3,500 hospice care professionals are needed…

Why Funeral Homes should embrace Dia De Los Muertos

Dia de Los Muertos is an important cultural holiday the death care industry should embrace and educate their local communities about. With rich origins dating back to the Aztecs, it’s a significant cultural movement that encourages the living to remember…

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.…

Preparing for the ‘Silver Tsunami’

What is the ‘Silver Tsunami’ and how can the death care industry prepare? A term first coined in 2015 is now making its way to reality and will have a significant influence on the death care industry in the coming…