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Day Of The Dead

Issue 43.17

Halloween is fast approaching – a day when little witches, ghosts, goblins, and all varieties of Star Wars characters roam the streets in search of candy. Halloween happens to be one of my family’s favorite holidays. But for some cultures, there is much more to Halloween than just tricks and treats.

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The Science and Art of Embalming

Issue 42.17

The process of embalming has been around for thousands of years and has been practiced by many ancient cultures, including the Incas of Peru and the Chinese during the Han Dynasty. Most notably, the ancient Egyptians have been credited with elevating embalming to its highest form by developing the process of […]

Beware of “Body Brokers”

Issue 39.17

I recently read a troubling on-line article by Brian Maass originally published on CBS Denver. The article began by stating that “A cremation company that some consumers labeled as nothing more than ‘body brokers’ has been ordered to immediately stop doing business in Colorado…” Of course, the term “body brokers” alarmingly […]

Cremation and The Impact of the Baby Boomer

Issue 33.17

The U.S. Census Bureau defines a baby boomer as a person who was born during the post-World War II era from 1946 to 1964. Different groups, organizations, individuals, and scholars have widely varying opinions on what constitutes a baby boomer; however, the historical impact of this particular generation cannot be denied, […]

Don’t Skip The Service

Issue 29.17

Several years ago, my father’s good friend passed away. This friend had made the noble decision to have his body donated to science; however, the wife of the deceased opted to forgo any type of memorial service. My father was saddened by this decision because he deeply wanted to pay his […]

The Right to Authorize Cremation

Issue 23.17

If you were to pass away tomorrow, who would have the legal right to authorize your cremation? The answer may surprise you. Utah law requires that a legal document, called a cremation authorization form, be completed and signed by an individual with the proper authority. This form must be signed before […]

Veteran’s Burial Benefits

Issue 18.17

In the next few weeks we will celebrate Memorial Day – a day for remembering the people who died while serving in our country’s armed forces. Our nation’s heroes are our veterans and we should continuously give thanks for their service. Many people have questions concerning what types of benefits are […]

Make Your Interment Special

Issue 17.17

ABC News recently shared an article concerning a Pearl Harbor survivor that chose to rejoin his shipmates and be interred aboard the USS Arizona. Written by Jennifer McDermott of the Associated Press, the article discusses veteran Raymond Haerry who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor and died last year at the […]

The Role Of The Medical Examiner

Issue 13.17

Several years ago, the Associated Press published an article by Brett Zongker that discussed the death of former White House press secretary James Brady. Mr. Brady survived a gunshot wound to the head in the 1981 assassination attempt of President Ronald Reagan. Although Mr. Brady survived, he endured hours of delicate […]

Scathing Obituaries: Justified or Disrespectful?

Issue 8.17

Recently, the Huffington Post published an article entitled, “‘Relieved’ Family Writes Scathing Obituary For ‘Evil’ Father.” Written by Hilary Hanson, the article discusses an obituary that was penned for a 75-year-old Galveston, TX, man who died of cancer in January. His obituary has generated a lot of buzz for its description […]