When Death Takes a Holiday

Many people think that death is largely unpredictable, but this may not be true. Some studies show that the day of the week, and the day of the year in which people die are actually more predictable than might seem possible. Although some of these circumstances are affected by things outside a person’s control, people…

Moral & Legal Disposition of Cremated Remains

For an increasing number of people, the decision to cremate is simple. What they may or may not do with the ashes is a different matter entirely. While traditional burial is fairly straightforward, cremation opens up a world of choices for people planning for the future and their families. This decision comes with a variety…

Methods of Scattering Ashes

When planning memorial ceremonies for a loved one, people have to decide what to do with the persons cremated remains. Cremation presents several unique methods to give the remains a final rest. Many families opt to scatter the ashes in a variety of ways, depending on their cultural and religious preferences, as well as their…

Cremation in the Jewish Tradition

As the popularity of cremation expands throughout the United States, many religious scholars and clerics find themselves stuck in a conundrum. Within the next few years, cremation will likely become the norm in the U.S. Even in the Jewish tradition, where cremation has been considered taboo for centuries, congregations are dealing with more faithful members…

What Happens To Uncollected Ashes

A death in the winter. Difficulty scheduling a memorial. Family members unprepared to accept the death of a loved one. There are many reasons that people never go to collect the ashes of their loved ones after they die and are cremated. Unlike traditional burials, cremated remains take up little space. Since ashes do not…

What Is An Urn Vault?

Urn Vaults: Providing Ultimate Protection For Cremation Urns Regardless of the many choices people have for cremation urns for ashes, some families prefer to stick with tradition. Historically, cremation urns have been stored in a permanent place in a cemetery, or otherwise kept at home. People who wish to have their ashes placed in an urn…

The Perfect Way to a Heart-Felt Memorial

Everyone knows that the heart is simply an organ of the body, yet it has symbolized love and deep-felt emotion for thousands of years. Heart keepsakes are the perfect way to memorialize a loved one who has passed; nothing shows your love and respect quite like the heart, which breaks when you lose someone very…

Observations from a Jewish Hospital Chaplain

As a chaplain, my role is not to mandate religious doctrine, force individuals into specific choices or even advocate a particular lifestyle or worldview. Rather, the focus of chaplaincy care tends to be on facilitating the ability of individuals to articulate their own goals and values, and helping them uncover, navigate, translate and resolve some…

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