The Funeral Parlor
This page will house all the plans and building of the things that will be used for the 2019 season of "The Funeral
Parlor". Below will be the plans and notes on commencement of building along with pictures of progress.
Caskets will be set in the main room in front of the bay window with 2 tall standing candelabras on each side of the casket. There
will be stationary wreaths made to surround the casket.

A large pipe organ will be housed here also. The decorator has been to the mansion for a few visits, so color schemes and such
have been discussed. It appears that red, purple, gray and black have been chosen as the colors to be used. A votive candle table
will be next to the casket. A Vampire Killing Kit will be housed next to the casket stand thanks to the creativity of Mr. & Mrs.
Caretaker of Columbia, S.C..

Due to the history of the Collins Family, Mistress Muffy has requested the on staff carpenter to build a wooden coffin to sit on
the stand in case it would be needed. This project was completed during April 2008 and entered in the Halloween Forums "Coffin

Most of the coffins in the Collins Cemetery were made by generations of the same family, as these people came from Europe with
the older generations of the Collins Family.
Conversion of the Funeral Parlor has already started. Here is the 1st completed coffin that will be housed in the funeral parlor,
Mistress Muffy has ordered more coffins to be built and wants them to each be of a different design. This coffin needs to be
fitted inside with material and then it will be completed.
Conversion of the Funeral Parlor has already started. The organ will be moved in soon and
the Mistress has hired a company to come in and rebuild the old pipes.
Jerry made this coffin & we were the winners of the Halloween Forums 2008 Coffin Contest
2019  Funeral Plans
The Funeral Parlor plans will be interrupted in 2019 by changing the scene to look like the mortuary in the Walking
Dead. This was the cemetery and church that Daryl & Beth found after they got separated from the group at the farm.

It will house chairs, the organ, a coffin and accessories. Music accompaniment will be from the show...Beth singing "Be
Good". There will also be a small kitchen scene where Daryl & Beth found some food the previous tenants had left.
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The controversies going on right now would make your head spin. Everyone has a voice and an opinion but how it will play out in the
end will surely be something to watch. It's even a bigger project because of the number of faiths that have different burial rules and
there are almost just as many possibilities for  those that don't follow a faith. Lots of choices.
Its not just about how you go into the ground anymore, they are now bringing back Home Funerals and it squeezes in between all the
other new options. With the rising cost of funeral home burials and the environmental issues with cremation maybe it would be wise to
check out some of these other methods before you bid us farewell. One last thought>>>>>Do You Really Want To be Buried on This
Planet? Now there's something to think about!
Still around us, there are all kinds of activity going on in local cemeteries, some more interesting than
others. And what about options after death. Ever considered some of the newer options like an Infinity
Burial or a Green Burial,  also called a Natural Burial and how do these lie with our faiths and the way
burials are handled by our faiths. Well...I'm catholic so lets see what the Pope says.
Professing belief in the resurrection of the dead and affirming that the human body is an essential part of a
person's identity, the Catholic Church insist that the bodies of the deceased be treated with respect and laid
to rest in a consecrated area.
The Days of Home Funerals Are Long Over or Are They?
What Happens At The Time of my Dimise?
In all situations we have no idea when we will take that last breath and it will all be over and the new afterlife starts. There may be no
one there and someone has to be called and we have backup to handle things, but what about those of us who don't have one single soul
to lend us a hand.
What actually happens, let just says there is no one to call, isn't that what those small cards that go in your wallet are for..."Who To
Call Incase of An Emergency?" and what if your homeless and don't carry a wallet? So we start at the bottom where the situation has
no one responsible for your body. Then the authorities step in. You'd be surprised what you find in some peoples wallets>>>>>My
Uncle Bob is donating his body to Science.....wonder what the procedure is for collection in a case like that! Does the state on his
driver's license collect him or the state where they recover the body and process it, do they get to keep it?
Or is it a Federal issue?
If you are not having a funeral done in the traditional matter then you better be very prepared, especially if there is no one else there.
This involves where to call, who to call and the folks at the other end better have their ducks in a row and be honorable and trust worthy.
Special mention here as to the number of mortuaries that have risen in the news of caretakers pocketing the money and disposing of the
remains in not very honorable methods. Some did not even dispose of them in cemeteries.
Its become so relevant that it has its own page in Wikipedia. Lets take a peek at what those folks have to say.
" Neglect is defined as giving little attention to or to leave undone or unattended to, through carelessness. Mortuary neglect can
comprise many things, such as bodies being stolen from the morgue, or bodies being mixed up or the wrong ones were buried. When a
mortuary fails to preserve the body correctly, it can also be considered neglect because of the consequences."
There are some examples in the Wikipedia page that tell some of what the mortuaries are guilty of. You would not believe it. Having
your loved ones cremated sets a up a whole new set of rules to follow. You ask how these things can happen. Who would ever think
that when you are inquiring about services from people in this industry that there would even remotely be possibilities of this nature
taking place.
While the Catholic Church continues to prefer burial in the ground, it accepts cremation as a option, but it forbids the scattering of the ashes and
the growing practice of keeping the cremated ashes at home.
Caring for the body of the deceased, the church confirms its faith in the resurrection and separates itself from attitudes and rites that see in death
the definitive obliteration of the person, a stage in the process of reincarnation or the fusion of one's soul with the universe. Stated October 25,
Cremation, in and of itself, does not constitute a denial of belief in the immortality of the soul and the resurrection of the body. Nor does it prevent
God, in his omnipotence, from raising up the deceased body to new life.
When a person is buried in the ground or at least to some extent, when the urn of the person's ashes is placed in a tomb the final resting place is
marked with  the person's name, the same name with which the person was baptized and by which the person is called by God.
Lets say the person is already scattered, what can we do then? The church suggest making a memorial in a church or other appropirate place and
including the name of the deceased.
Keeping Ashes on the Mantel
Keeping ashes at home on the mantel is a sign of not only love and grief but also a sign of not
understanding how the loved one belonged to the entire community of faith and not to just his
close relatives. Only in grave and exceptional cases local bishops may give permission  for ashes
to be kept in a private home. Placing the ashes in a respectful place keeps the loved remembered
but what will become of those ashes as family members dwindle away. Perhaps they could be
forgotten or even unknown.
Ways to Store or Disperse Cremated Remains
Scattering - Scattering the ashes is what people tend to think of in regards
to cremated remains. According to the Co-Operative Funeral Care nearly
half of the people that choose cremations choose to have their ashes
Burial - Burial is another popular option for interring your cremated
remains. According to the Co-Operative Funeral Care 10% of the
population has their remains buried somewhere. There are some
advantages to choosing burial, urn burial sites are usually cheaper than a
traditional burial. And the remains are accessible to everyone to visit.
Columbarium - A columbarium is a building that is basically a
mausoleum, where a mausoleum is for a body at rest, while columbarium
is for a cremated remains. which makes them very different. They are
buildings used to house the urns which contain cremated remains.
At Home - According to Co-Operative Funeral Care one in fifteen
bodies will be buried at home. There are no added cost when buring the
remains in your backyard, though there are some things to consider
when burying ashes in your bavckyard.
Planted as a Tree - The Memorial Tree Urn is a beautiful idea that
combines burial and scattering with new life and living memorials. The
cremated ashes are placed into the urn which is then planted in the
ground to aid in the growth of a beautiful tree seed.  Knowing the
remains of your loved one are being used to nourish the young sapling
as it grows into a majestic oak, willow, cherry or one of the other 15
trees that are available.
Launched Into Space - Have your ashes launched into space. Celestis
offers several packages for journeying into the final frontier. From a
trip into orbit and back to earth, to a more adventurous journey into
deep space.
In Fireworks - Angel Flights can turn your cremated remains into an
amazing light show for all to see. Their unique service includes 200
fireworks shells modified to hold and scatter the remains while
lighting up the night sky.
In Helium Balloons - Eternal Ascent can have your remains placed
inside a helium balloon that floats up into the atmosphere. The
balloon travels to the height of five miles where at the temperature of
-40 below zero- it crystallizes and burst, scattering the ashes to the
four winds.
As a Coral Reef - Eternal Reef is helping rebuild coral reefs by
creating cement structures that the coral can latch and grow on. The
process involves by mixing your remains into the cement mix before
it is poured into the form which the coral grows on.
As a Hour Glass - Though the glass will not be a reliable time
piece, it will be a beautiful mantle piece. Just follow the simple
directions and have your remains poured into the hourglass.
As a Diamond - Heart -in-Diamond offers the service of having a
lock of hair or some of the cremated remains of a loved one
turned into a certified diamond. They offer several different
colors, carat sizes and gem cuts which you can put on display or
set into a piece of jewelery.
Mixed in Paint - Memorial Ashes will have the ashes mixed with
paint that is used in a beautiful portrait of the deceased. I suppose
you can have this done locally (though it may be hard to find
someone to work with this type of unique medium)  or maybe
even do it yourself.
In a Teddy Bear - The Cami Bear can provide you with a more
snuggly urn. These bears will hold a portion of your remains
allowing a more cuddly urn. Some people find it strange, others
find it very comforting. A surprising popular option.
As a Pencil - This company will put your remains in a lead set
of pencils. A set of 240 specially filled pencils come in a case
with a custom inscription on each pencil.
Hand Blown Glass - Have a unique piece of art created with your
remains, "Art from Ashes" will have your ashes put into the glass
of a beautiful blown glass vase.
Put Into a Vinyl Record - This UK based shop will have your
ashes pressed into a set of vinyl records. You pick the artwork
and the music, or you can have a spoken word recording to
leave a final message to your loved ones.
Tattoo Ink - There are a number of articles about this practice.
Have a portion of the ashes mixed with the tattoo ink before it is
applied to your body. Reportedly there are not any health concerns.
Stained Glass - There is not much to compare to the enduring
beauty of stained glass. The shop will have your ashes mixed
into the stained glass window. Have a unique piece
commissioned and fdisplayed on the wall.
Put Into Bullets - This is how you want to be remembered isn't
it? What could be a more practical memorial than a box of
ammo. Your body may be gone but you don't have to miss next
year's hunting trip, you can have your remains put in shotgun,
pistol or rifle ammo.
Ashes to Ashes
Dust to Dust
From an Airplane - Scatter your ashes over a larger area. These
guys will have your remains scattered from above, far above
from their airplanes. They travel all over the world for their
Memorial Jewelery - You can have a portion of the remains
encased in jewelery. Carry the memory of your loved one
around with you where ever you go in a vessel of pure sterling
silver or 14K gold.
Glass Paperweight - Posted are several other options for putting
your remains in glass.
Trends in Making Final Arrangements, Planning Funerals and Hosting Memorial Services
What Is A Green Burial?
Wanna really understand the extent of what's going on with the funeral industry, feast your eyes on this blog and get ready for an awakening! After
you read this information you will gain a better picture of what we are facing in the future as more and more baby boomers get closer to death.
Take the time to read the whole thing!
Collinwood841 Update for Halloween 2019
Funeral Staging
Approximately $1500.00
Green Burial
The Infinity Burial Suit is a handcrafted garment
that is worn by the deceased. The suit is completely
biodegradable and was designed with zero waste
fashion. The suit has a built in biomix
made up of mushrooms and other microorganisms
that together do three things: aid in decomposition,
work to neutralize toxins found in the body and
transfer nutrients to plant life. The end result of
being buried in the Infinity Suit is that bodies are
transformed into vital nutrients that enrich the earth
and foster new life.
Infinity Burial Shroud -Allows  the body to be
viewed before burial and can replace the
coffin. It's made from organic cotton and
infused with our bio-mix exactly like the suit.
What's Been Going On Behind the Scenes
Cantrell Funeral Home in Detroit, Michigan was being investigated  for improperly storing remains of the deceased. More than
300 were stored in bags, boxes and containers inside the funeral home. Many families in the US have been priced out of
funerals and burials. People who can't afford those services are left with the cheapest option: cremating their loved ones and
leaving it to the funeral home to dispose of them. Others may simply abandoned their relatives all together, leaving it to the
coroners and funeral homes to pay for cremation and disposal.
How to pay for indigent burials is a question that has stymied local governments across the country  Many states have
programs that help pay for cremations and burials. A coroner in western Illinois resigned after facing criticism over his
practice of keeping poor people's remains until their relatives could pay $1000.00,state officials noted they had funds
available to help cover burial costs.
In Detroit where over 1/3 of the residents live in poverty, traditional funerals that include services at the funeral home,
cemetery burial and a headstone can top $5,000.00 on the low end. A no frills funeral can run about $1300.00. Simple
cremations without services and memorials start around $650.00. Faced with the cost some families have little choice but to
leave a loved one's body to someone else. There isn't that life insurance or burial insurance that's going to kick in and cover
the cost.
Cantrell Funeral Home was shut down by authorities. Authorities received a tip that led them to the mummified remains of 10
fetuses and a full term infant in of all places the buildings ceiling. Days later 63 fetuses were removed from another funeral
home, Perry Funeral home in Detroit. Then later in the year, a suburban cemetery closed after authorities found remains of
300 infants and fetuses, handled by Perry in leaky plastic containers. How can this happen?
So.......What has been going on with the 21,080 funeral homes in the United States? There are 105,668 employees that handle
our deceased. Eighty-nine percent are owned by individuals, families and privately held corporations.
For showing during the wake service there are companies that will rent you
a casket to use during the wake for a public viewing of your loved one.
Walmart Till The End
If you have been a loving, loyal Walmart customer all your life, many of us are, then why not let them be a part of your
farewell. Walmart has put in a collection of 27 styles of caskets to pick from. Beginning from $999.00 for the more simple style to
most of them running in the $2000.00 range and lastly the most expensive, the Sienna Bronze Casket coming in at $3199.00.
Following suit are Costco and Amazon.
The caskets come from Star Legacy Funeral Network, Inc. of Mc Henry, Illinois and ship within 48 hours.
A woman from Indiana named Linda Znachko started helping bury abandoned remains through her ministry called "He
Knows Your Name". Znachko saw a need after learning about the discovery of a baby's remains in a trash bin in Indianapolis
in 2009, it turned out a funeral home had dumped the remains along with others after going out of business. Znachko learned
that the unclaimed remains would be buried in a mass grave.
She said, "We live in America, why would we even have those?".
Scattering of the Ashes 2019
Patient and Mortuary Neglect
Patient neglect is similar to mortuary neglect with one major difference, the patient neglect has to do with people who are still living
and that neglect could lead to their death. Patient neglect concerns people in hospitals, nursing homes or cared for in the home. Usually
in nursing homes or home assisted living, neglect would consist of patients being left lying in their own urine or feces, which could in
turn could possibly attract flesh flies and lead to maggot infestation. It also encompasses patients getting rashes, lice and other sores
from being improperly cared for.
Mortuary Neglect and the Law
The general sign of mortuary neglect is a infestation of maggots or some other insect, such as cockroaches of a corpse. This should
not be confused with insects found on a body before they are transferred to the morgue. The following examples are forms of
mortuary neglect that pertain to the ethical treatment of a corpse.
Improper Embalming - improper embalming is the utilization of embalming techniques that cause premature
decomposition of the body especially in cases where the body in question is to be presented in an open case
casket. In addition not refrigerating the body immediately following death, but before the embalming process
could lead to rapid deterioration of the human remains as well.
Washington vs. John t. Rhimes Co. - on August 29, 1994, Marion Washington filed a suit against
funeral home John T. Rhimes Co. for improperly embalming her husband. She claimed the
embalming fluid was leaking and that her husbands skin was decomposing at a alarming rate.
Even though the funeral parlor re-embalmed him in efforts to make the body more presentable,
her husband, they still failed to restore him completely.
Cooley vs. State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers - on May 3, 1056, Cooley, a
petitioner of a local funeral home try to appeal the revoke of his license by the California board
of funeral directors and embalmers. The case reveals the reasons why the license was revoked.
Cooley's practice was described as unsanitary for the following reasons: an infant was described
as improperly embalmed after maggots were seeping out of its orifices commingling of bodies,
blood stains were found on the walls, and tools used were not clean from one autopsy to the
next. Appeal was not granted.
Fencing Stolen Organs - This form of abuse consist of selling body parts stolen from carcasses that are sent to the
morgue for embalming.
Commingling of Ashes - Commingling of ashes is putting several carcasses in the same crematorium during the same
burn cycle. This act undermines the respect due a passed loved one.
Unauthorized Disposal - In this form of abuse, funeral home operators dispose of the body in a unauthorized by the
deceased's loved ones.
Christiansen vs. Superior Court of Los Angeles County - on June 8, 1990, a court heard a
case class action suit against multiple funeral home operators. These acts included all the
types of mortuary neglect mentioned above in this section. The case intended that the
defendants violated conscionable standards regarding the treatment of the deceased. This
practice occurred for nearly a decade and victimized approximately 17,000 decedents and
their families.
Unethical Treatment of the Deceased - Any violation of the standards that any reasonable person would expect of
a mortuary operator could be considered in this category.
National Funeral Director's Association
The National Funeral Directors association (NFDA) is an organization in the United States that regulates mortuaries and
morgues and their activities regarding the embalming and interring of the deceased. With any complaint including mortuary
neglect, the NFDA has a fifteen step disciplinary process it goes through to determine the severity of the situation.
After receiving a complaint, a committee reviews the situation, even to the extent of an investigation and then they determine
the consequences of the violation. Those considered in violation of m the NFDA's policies could face punitive action ranging
from a warning to suspension from the organization.
So Who Do You Call?
Dignity For The Dead Is Now A Legal Matter
National Board of Funeral Directors
13625 Bishop Drive
Brookfield, Wi.
Toll Free - !-800-226 -6332
Phone - 262- 789-1880
email -
National Home Funeral Alliance - The mission of the NHFA is to educate and empower
families and communities to care for their own dead. We seek to educate all who seek to
know more about this time honored tradition. Whether looking for practical guidance
or to read about others' personal stories, how to locate your state laws or learn how you
can change one, we can help.
A home funeral is what used to be called a funeral since all funerals took
place in the family home. Nowadays it means choosing to keep a body at
home after death as opposed to having the body immediately picked up by a
funeral home. It is a safe and legal choice for a family to make.
Expert Advice for Cremation
How To Plan Your Funeral
Preparing your own funeral or putting your wishes in writing will save your loved ones stress and uncertainty as they as they deal with both their grief and
the planning of  any service. There are many things you can put in writing to help ease this burden, including:
Type of service and location: Do you want to be buried in your church's cemetery? Do you want to be cremated and your ashes scattered
somewhere that's special to you? Consider what should happen to your body following your death.
Who should be invited? Would you prefer a small private ceremony or a larger gathering? Are there old friends that your children or family
don't know or have contact information for.
Who should facilitate and speak at your funeral or memorial service? Do you have an officiant in mind? Is there an  friend or family member
you'd like to deliver your eulogy? If including or not including particular people is important to you, noting it in a funeral preplan is helpful.
Clothing or jewelery you'd like to be buried in: if you'd like to be buried are there any items you'd like to be buried with? A favorite photo or
keepsake. Is there a military uniform or other special article of clothing you want to ensure is used?
Special music or reading: do you want a certain song played or poem read at your memorial service?
Memorial Fund: I lieu of flowers, would you like mourners to donate funds to favorite charity? Often a family will ask that donations be made
to the hospice group that cared for the deceased, or to a group or associations they worked with in their lifetime. If you have a cause or group
that you'd like to see get any donations, note it in your plan.
Your Obituary: Select a photograph you would like included with your obituary, and record your full name, date of birth, place of birth and
details about your education and employment.
Memorial Messages: Memorial letters or videos allow you to pass on a message to loved ones after you passed away.
Called Bye-Bye Coffins these organic burial pods turn your loved
ones into trees. A biodegradable burial pod that literally turns a
person's remains into nutrients for beautiful tree. The overall goal is
to turn cemeteries into beautiful places full of trees instead of
tombstones. Instead of being called cemeteries these will be parks
called "Memory Forests".
The body is first encapsulated into a fetal position in order to fit
inside of the burial pod. The pod looks like a earthy piece of art,
but really it's a biodegradable casket. Once the burial pod is
buried deep underground a tree seed or young tree is placed
directly above and from one source of life sparks another.
Loved ones would care for the tree, seeking comfort beneath its
shade. After being presented with this option it seems rather silly to
purchase a fancy overpriced coffin. The idea is also far better for
the environment instead of cutting down trees to make wooden
coffins, we would be producing more trees.
The pod is made from all renewable materials, including starch plastic and seasonal plants such as potatoes and corn. It takes 10-40 years for the
tree to grow. There is an assortment of trees for clients to choose from. The idea is that someone can pick their tree while they are still alive.
The Burial Pod
The Role of the Funeral Home
A rapidly growing number of well trained home funeral guides find a home here at the
NHFA where they provide the latest information and opportunities where they hone
their skills. Many of our books, resources, conferences and other activities are
designed with home funeral guides in mind, to support you in this deeply heart
centered work.
Despite the rise in professional death care, it is and has always been legal in every state
for families to care for their own loved ones at home from death to final disposition.
Until the Civil War, funerals were family, church, and community affairs.
The family washed and laid out the body, dressed or draped it often with the help of a birth midwife and church members. Today there is a renewed
interest in reclaiming this right and privilege in ways that bring meaning and comfort to all. Home funerals invite family, friends and community into
an authentic and healing after death experience in a safe and familiar place, with care performed by loving hands. Families choosing home funerals
express gratitude for the intimacy, connection and the sense of purpose that results from this organic and timeless practice. Taking the time out of our
busy schedules to truly tend to the lives of those around us and be present to the loss begins the journey to healing.
Though families are entirely in charge of their own home funerals, sometimes family members feel more
confident enlisting the assistance of someone who has firsthand knowledge of the processes that are
required. Home funeral guides are first and foremost educators, teaching the family how to prepare
paperwork, care for the body, find related professionals, including funeral directors if desired, all with the
purpose of meeting the families unique needs and goals.
Home Funeral Guides in North Carolina - Sacred Passages in Hillsborough. Sofia Center for Life Studies
in Greensboro. NHFA Funeral Consumers Alliance, Graham. Center of Life Transitions, Asheville.
Other states on NHFA website.
For all the information you need
for a home funeral.
Funeral Homes can differ from business to business, but these are some of the basic services provided by most.
Be on call to serve families when a death occurs. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year.

Remove and transfer the deceased from the place of death (home, nursing home, hospital, etc.) to the funeral home will also
transport deceased to and from crematory if necessary.

Perform professional care of the deceased, as requested by the family which may include washing, embalming, restorative art,
dressing, casketing, hairstyling and cosmetology.

Arrange a consultation with the family to gather the information necessary for completing paperwork ( death certificate, etc.)
and to arrange the details of the funeral service.

Formulate, complete, and file all necessary paperwork, including certificates of death of other permits and authorizations,
requests the number of certified copies of the certificate of death for the family.

Compose with the provided information an obituary that includes information about the service ( date, time, location, etc.)
and biographical and survivor information, send to all newspapers as requested by the family.

Offer assistance to the family by contacting the families choice of clergy, other officiants, musicians and singers if requested
and make arrangements with any special groups ( military,fraternal, etc. ) to be present at or participate in the funeral service.
Can arrange for the honorariums to be given to appropriate persons as requested by the family.

Contact and arrange necessary details with the cemetery, crematorium or other places of disposition, inquiring about fees,
regulations and other requirements prior to the funeral services.

Help families with questions about veterans affairs, Social Security benefits, insurance claims and other related inquiries.

Direct the chosen funeral services in a professional manner, from visitation to funeral services, to professional and disposition
of remains ( burial, cremation, etc. ).

Deliver, at the conclusion of the service flowers, guest register book, flower cards, memorial contributions, made to the family,
photos that were displayed with any other items back to the family.

Assist the family with any other arrangements that are needed after the service, including adding death dates to existing
monuments or purchasing new monuments.
Finding Local Resources
To find a funeral home, you may want to ask friends and neighbors what their experience has been with the local service
providers. You can also find an extensive list of funeral homes on the National Directory of Morticians database.
Ideas, Permits, The Ceremony and More
Where To Scatter the Ashes: Best ideas and places.
Scattering At Sea - After the cremation has taken place, there's almost an infinite of places you can think of to
scatter the ashes. You may think of poring the ashes from an urn into a body of water, which will hopefully aid
you in from a boat but theres ways of going about it.
Hiring a Company - There's a few boat companies out there that specialize in sea scattering ceremonies.
Doing It Yourself - If your looking for something a little less elaborate and formal you just need to find a body of water to release the
ashes. In this case we suggest using a biodegradable urn for water. These urns can be in the shape of a flower or seashell and are
specifically designed to float and dissolve in the water.
On Private Property - You may want to scatter the cremains on the property where you or a family member lives. This could provide
comfort and a sense that their spirit is still there looking after the family. Perhaps someones a beautiful piece of property near a lake
or one that is covered in wild flowers, what a perfect location to spend eternity.
Do Your Own Research - Any suggestions that will likely take place on private property might need some research about whether it
is legal to scatter there.
Scattering Gardens - A serene and spiritual event, this is a charming method for laying
out your loved one. Normally at a crematorium or a cemetery, these lovely gardens are
set aside for the scattering of ashes. Many families choose to have a memorial service at
the scattering. Every facility is different, but some offer markers, such as plants, plaques,
statues or other memorials representing the presence of the loved one that lies there.
Ariel Scattering - This method has increasingly grown in popularity over the past few
years. Your loved one may have been a pilot, or they simply wanted to be scattered from
up high.
Finding a Company - Many pilots now specialize in this procedure. Spreading cremains from a plane typically blows them back
into the passenger's faces. For that reason most of these pilots have a special apparatus attached to the plane which showers the
ashes over the requested area.
Drone Scattering - Yet another heavenly farewell, we continually hear about drones,
so why shouldn't it be used. Again a solution to not get blown in your face, drones do
a spreading while friends and family watch from the ground.
How To Scatter Ashes: Methods Available
Casting Ashes - This is what comes to mind when thinking of scattering ashes. Its
performed by hand of with a scattering urn.
Trenching Ashes - This involves digging a trench by hand of fairly shallow depth
in the ground or sand. It can be straight or any design you desire. The ashes are then
poured into the area and the dirt or sand is pushed or raked over the ashes.
Inside the Funeral Homes Posing the Dead Like their Still Alive
My family has been in the funeral business for 140 years. For the first 120, all
funerals were exactly the same. Every single one. You just had different clergy
walking in, and thats it. And now, I would say in the last 15 years, now, it's getting
very different. I did one in this very old mansion, with beautiful old gardens, and we
laid the person out in the gardens.
They had a quartet at their funeral with an open bar, and that's where we
did the service. So now you can experience more, make it more about the
person themselves. These kinds of funerals can possibly become more
popular as time goes by. You have a different option now than people had
in the past.
People who go to mortuary science school don't go to school to learn to sit
people up on a bench. That's not taught in school. So that's a huge
challenge. They figured out how to do it and they did it. I remember
getting a call back and saying, " Oh my God, are you out of your mind? "
How do you expect us to do this?" And I said, "Look this is the deal.
We're going to satisfy the family regardless, so we're just going to figure it
out, and that's it." I can't get into to many details, because I don't want to
upset the family, but yes, it was a huge challenge.
These type of funerals started in Puerto Rico in 2008 and then
came to New Orleans, a city that was known for their unusual
jazz funerals celebrating the deceased in a party setting and
celebrating their life. This started a whole new way of looking at
funerals and arrived in 2012.
So What's Next?
Drive-thru Funerals in Japan
The Japan Times reported the first drive-thru funeral service. Guests are able to drive up to a window where they are handed a touch screen to sign
their name and leave a note, before handing over the customary condolence money. There is also an electronic incense burning device in case
mourners would like to offer a prayer. The funeral business is a rapidly growing economy in ageing Japan and demand for more efficient after-life
services are becoming more and more necessary. The services are to cater to people that have limited mobility due to physical disabilities or old age.