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The Netherlands gets one step closer to legalizing water cremation

After extensive research the Dutch government is now preparing to allow alkaline hydrolysis as a new burial method within the Netherlands.  The Dutch Funeral Services Act defines what is legally allowed to happen to a deceased body. Currently, it specifies…

First Arkansas cemetery earns the Green Burial certification

Kirby’s Tucker Memorial Cemetery received certification from the Green Burial Council. The three Kirby and family funeral and cremation service locations located around north Arkansas were already accredited with the Green Burial Certification, and having their cemeteries green burial area…

Winston Churchill Fellowship granted to explore pediatric palliative care

Dr. Helena Dunbar has been awarded the prestigious Winston Churchill Fellowship in hopes of revolutionizing end-of-life care for juveniles and their parents. Dr. Helena Dunbar is an Associate Professor and researcher at De Montfort University´s (DMU) Leicester School of Nursing…

Episcopal church becomes first organized religion to start to selling funeral services online

Episcopal Church creates a new platform to sell religious funeral services globally The outbreak of corona in Washington made the area one of the first to realize the need to move to services online. While many churches understood that standard…

Private Iowa funeral chain split and sold to two private family chains

Private funeral owners find new owners for three branches in two local established Iowa families. Northwest Iowa will see some changes in their funeral service providers as two funeral homes transfer to new ownership and a friendly competitor absorbs the…

Pet cemetery sold for commercial use shocks pet parents

For over 50 years pet owners have been burying their beloved pets at the Oak Hollow Memorial Park. This has come to an abrupt end as the pet cemetery owner has sold the land. At Hollow Oak Memorial Park, just…

Mexico battles infectious waste disposal issues due to corona crisis

Piles of hazardous medical waste have been found in forests, warehouses and crematoria in Mexico as the country surpasses the limits of waste management. Military personnel have served their country and have a special role in society. Honoring deceased veterans…

States can’t wait for FEMA, Massachusetts lawmakers propose to help cover covid19 funeral costs

Lawmakers in Massachusetts have proposed a $5 million fund to help families, who lost a loved one to COVID-19, pay for burial services. Backed by almost a dozen lawmakers, a bipartisan proposal by Massachusetts lawmakers would provide up to $1,500…

São Paulo creates new public mausoleums to find space for coronavirus victims
  Latin America is emerging as a new hotspot for the coronavirus. To cope with the extreme numbers of deaths, São Paulo is building mausoleums with an estimated 13,000 burial plots. With over 200,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and nearly 14,000…
New York burial assistance program will include undocumented immigrants

New York expands burial service assistance to provide final support to more low-income New Yorkers.  At this point 22.619 people have died from COVID-19 in New York. While everyone is hurting, some of those who are facing the most difficult…