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Arranging a Burial at Sea

Vikings were placed on their ships which were then set ablaze; ancient Egyptians set their dead on papyrus rafts that were floated out to sea and in the South Pacific deceased fishermen were placed in canoes where they sailed for eternity. Burial at sea is possibly one of the oldest methods for disposing of the body of the deceased. Although no records are available, this practice was[...]

How to Determine Burial Location

There's a trend in the funeral industry and it starts with the roughly 76 million Baby Boomers who are approaching their retirements. It's a big wave, but the focus isn't simply on how they'll retire, but in planning ahead for the inevitable and this means choosing their final resting places ahead of time – a decision that will spare loved ones the need to make difficult decisions[...]

Alternative Means of Dispersing Ashes

With so many options available for interments, some people will opt for the less costly cremation. When the ashes are collected, they can be kept, buried or for those who wish for an alternative sendoff, they can go about dispersing the ashes in a variety of ways, which include:Keeping Ashes: For those who wish to keep the ashes, the standard urn isn’t the only option for storing the[...]

Burial at Sea: Down in Davy Jones' Locker

Burial at sea is possibly one of the oldest methods for disposing of the body of the deceased. Although no records are available, this practice was probably started by the ancient mariners. This practice has, in more recent times, been used mainly by people who fought at sea. The popularity of burials at sea probably reached its height during the two World Wars, as many servicemen died[...]

Donate your Body

Body donation is the donating of the whole body after death for medical research and examination. Formerly only offered to medical schools it has since expanded to include private programs. Body donation is a useful process for understanding the human body. Whole embalmed bodies are often used for research in anatomy and burial or cremation costs are covered by the institution[...]
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