Parting Stone, a company based in New Mexico, offers an alternative to keeping tins of your loved one’s ashes: turning them into “stones.” For $US595, you can convert a dead loved one’s remains into smooth objects that look and feel like river stones. The average person becomes 40 to 60 […]
Defying expectations, Australian funeral numbers have actually fallen during the pandemic. The latest results from Australia’s largest funeral operators show funeral numbers have decreased by between 2% and 3% over the last 12 months, and could sink lower still as flu and pneumonia cases plunge. Facing severe restrictions on the […]
President Donald Trump did not attend the late Rep. John Lewis’ funeral in Atlanta on Thursday. Trump also did not attend memorial services held for the civil rights icon earlier this week in Washington, DC. Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton each delivered eulogies for Lewis […]
Alua Arthur is a death doula in Los Angeles, working with people who are dying and their families to ease the transition and take care of worldly affairs. “We’re working with healthy people to get their comprehensive end-of-life plans done,” Arthur told Insider. “And we’re helping people who are actually […]
A shortage of protective equipment is exposing funeral workers to the risk of catching the coronavirus. Funeral directors tell Business Insider they are having to find their own safety equipment after struggling to get it from the government. One said they had to settle for out-of-date gloves found on Facebook. […]
Communities across the US are grappling with ways to hold burials and funerals amid heightened social-distancing guidelines. While tools like livestreaming make it easier for people to attend remotely, some find it emotionally difficult not to be present at an event. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. Social-distancing guidelines are […]
New York City is the epicentre of the US’s coronavirus outbreak. To see how the rising death toll is affecting “deathcare” – services that families use to put the bodies of loved ones to rest – I shadowed Patrick Marmo, a funeral director from Brooklyn. What I saw and heard […]
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Saturday announced funerals in the state were limited to “immediate family members of the deceased,” and mourners will be required to stand six or more feet apart. The move is the latest in his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” initiative, aimed at preventing further spread of […]
The CDC advised that events with more than 50 people, including funerals, be cancelled or postponed for the next 8 weeks. In light of that, they advised funeral directors to livestream ceremonies. The concern is that people gathering together would help the spread of the novel coronavirus. Visit Business Insider’s […]
As coronavirus sweeps the country, people in the funeral service industry are bracing for the pandemic’s impact. According to one funeral service director, people working in the funeral industry are the “last line of defence” in treating coronavirus cases. From morticians to embalmers, funeral workers are ensuring that the remains […]
New trial regulations from China’s National Health Commission (NHC) have banned funerals and other similar activities involving the corpses of deceased victims of the novel coronavirus. The new regulations on the disposal of remains come as the NHC announced that the death toll had risen to 304. A total of […]
On June 24, SpaceX plans to launch its third Falcon Heavy rocket – the world’s most powerful operational launch system – and send 24 different satellites into orbit. One of the satellites will carry 152 metal capsules packed with human ashes. A company called Celestis arranged the “funeral flight” and […]
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The average basic funeral in Australia costs about $6,000 but all regulatory requirements related to the disposal of a body can be met for as little as $1,200. Research at the University of Sydney’s Business School says the funeral industry uses predatory marketing practices to exploit vulnerable customers who can […]
Earnings at Australia’s InvoCare, the largest private funeral operator in the Asia Pacific, have suffered because of a lower than expected death rate. The company says it was operating in a challenging environment with a “slow down in growth of deaths in all key markets”. The news sent InvoCare’s shares […]
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