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Funerals and the Environment

CCMS Grad Pioneers New Disposition System

When funeral home owner/operator Jeff Edwards recently purchased the first production unit of the alkaline hydrolysis disposition system manufactured by Bio-Response Solutions, he had done his homework. He knew he was making a responsible investment for his business, his families and the environment. He knew he was selecting a process with long-term sustainability. What he may not have predicted is the interest it has stimulated among his colleagues who had heard about this revolutionary disposition process and were eager to learn more from his firsthand experience.

NFDA Supports "Bereaved Consumer's Bill of Rights Act of 2009"

Brookfield, Wis. - This week, the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) sent a letter of support to Rep. Bobby L. Rush, D-Ill., for the "Bereaved Consumer's Bill of Rights Act of 2009" (H.R. 3655), which he introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in late-September.

Rush's bill, which comes on the heels of the scandal at Burr Oak Cemetery in suburban Chicago, Ill., would require the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to initiate a separate rule that would cover cemeteries and all other sellers of funeral goods and services.

The baby boomers and green deathcare

The leading edge of the largest generation of Americans is approaching its predicted lifespan, and simultaneously beginning to make end-of-life decisions, including a growing interest in and participation in eco-friendly burial. Though the Baby Boomer generation is well known for valuing tradition, it is becoming clear that several important factors weigh heavily in their decision making, which remarkably is trending away from tradition.

The green corner: how green is thy pasture?

It's hard to pick up an industry publication these days without reading some mention of "Green Burial." A lot has been said about it recently but from my chair, the idea and terminology may be confusing to some. Because it is, presumably, a relatively new idea in this country, let's explore what green burial is all about, and why it's important that we are well versed on the subject to best assist our clients and families.

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