An Updated Look at Cremation in the United States

The Huffington Post recently published an article accompanied by an infographic charting the rise of cremation in the United States. …

Funeral Options Can Include Collecting the DNA of the Deceased

Funeral consumers are now provided the option of collecting their deceased loved one’s DNA. Of course, some may wonder why anyone would want to collect DNA from a deceased person. The first question that must be answered: Exactly what is DNA?

Traditional Funerals Decline in Ontario
cremation vs. traditional burial

A changing public attitude toward end-of-life ceremonies is at work transforming Ontario’s funeral industry. Funeral homes in Ontario have observed a noticeable decline in requests for “traditional” funerals over the last generation.

A traditional funeral usually involves two days of visitation followed by interment in a cemetery. However, alternatives to these traditional funerals are on the rise. Some consumers are looking for low-cost options, including cremation. In Ontario, cremation has replaced burial as the most common choice. Others are opting for ceremonies that are less religious-centered, and focus more on a remembrance and celebration of the life of the deceased.

Funeral Director Launches National Database for Unclaimed Cremated Remains
Funeral director shows database of unclaimed cremated remains

A Pennsylvania funeral director has created a website which he believes will become a key resource in matching unclaimed cremated remains, or ashes, with the surviving relatives of the deceased.

Although no official figures are available to show exactly how many unclaimed ashes are in storage around the country, estimates suggest the figure may be in the tens of thousands.

Michael Neal, the director of the William G. Neal Funeral Home, recently opened a nationwide online registry for unclaimed cremated remains that are currently in the possession of funeral homes, coroners, and other agencies. His site,, contains a database where funeral homes and other agencies may post information on their unclaimed ashes. The site is available to the public for viewing and research.

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