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Swiss funeral directors left with hundreds of extra coffins

Funeral directors in Switzerland are stuck with a surplus of coffins since the virus didn’t hit the country as hard as expected. In March, Italy was the worldwide epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. With Italy just a short drive over…

New National Institute of Health grant awarded to help Alzheimer patients with end-of-life decisions

  The National Institute on Aging has awarded Suzanne Sullivan $159,000 to develop approaches to prepare persons with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers to make end-of-life decisions. Making headlines for the end-of-life sector is Suzanne Sullivan, the recent National Institutes…

Coroners lobby to have cremation law updated

Louisiana coroners look into having a law updated to protect the deceased who have been a victim of a violent crime from being cremated. US coroners in the state of Louisiana were alarmed when a local report came out depicting…

São Paulo exhumes remains to create space for corona victims

São Paulo’s municipal funeral service plans on exhuming human remains of people that have been buried for more than three years to free up space for coronavirus victims. To give families closure and protect frontline workers from being surrounded by…

Help digitize WWI burial records

World War I enthusiasts started a project to create one of the best resources available to track the passing of fallen soldiers.   Celebrating those who have gone before us keeps those who have passed spirit and memory alive. It is…

The Netherlands gets one step closer to legalizing water cremation

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

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…