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Tanya Marsh
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Professor of Law, Wake Forest School of Law
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Historically, Brooklyn's Green-Wood cemetery has been selected as the final resting place for many buzz-worthy people, such as composer Leonard Bernstein, newspaperman Horace Greeley, "Wizard of Oz" actor Frank Morgan and artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. But, of late, Green-Wood has some new, lively residents, over 600,000 honeybees. These bees are responsible... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at The Funeral Law Blog
The final resting place of celebrities who created a buzz when they were alive, is now the home to some 600,000 honeybees and a beekeeping operation that continue the buzz between the tombstones. Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery allows beekeeper Davin Larson to run the beekeeping operation on the cemetery grounds near... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at The Funeral Law Blog
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Throughout modern history, funeral directors have been overwhelmingly male. In the 1970s, almost 90% of funeral directors in the United States were men, as was the norm in many industries. However, this industry has recently made a dramatic shift. According to the National Funeral Directors Association, 16.5% of its members... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at The Funeral Law Blog
You would think there would be some accountability in death. As most states do, South Carolina has a cemetery board. Established by the South Carolina Perpetual Care Cemetery Act, the Board has the power and duty to promulgate regulations of the state’s cemeteries, as per §48-8-20, with some exceptions (e.g.,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at The Funeral Law Blog
Business management author Tom Peters wrote, “If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade.” Candice Nicole Hough took that advice to heart when she pried a window screen off the home of a Colorado widow who was away attending her husband’s funeral. While the widow grieved, Hough... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at The Funeral Law Blog
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Outside of Washington, D.C., construction on a new interchange is encroaching on a marked slave cemetery. Residents in Loudoun County, Virginia, are worried about the new construction on the interchange between Belmont Ridge Road and Route 7. These residents have been restoring and protecting the cemetery as an integral part... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at The Funeral Law Blog
After just six minutes of deliberation a jury found a Pennsylvania man guilty of first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse. The man killed is stepdaughter, had sex with her corpse, and filmed it. The stepdaughter's husband is suing the man for infliction of severe emotional distress on the husband... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at The Funeral Law Blog
Dear Bruce Perkins (if that is your real name), The first sign that your ridiculous scam involving "purchasing" five seagrass caskets and shipping them to Denmark was going to fail? You tried to pull it on Caitlin Doughty and Amber Carvaly. The former has mad social media access, and the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at The Funeral Law Blog
Attention Funeral Law Blog readers, this post has absolutely nothing to do with funeral and cemetery law. Fellow Avett Brothers fans, I think that the evolution of November Blue perfectly illustrates the evolution of this band from 2002 - 2016. "Ultimate" is in no way "complete." There are lots of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at The Funeral Law Blog
The Catholic Cemetery Association in Fort Wayne, Indiana announced that a Catholic Cemetery is to be the new site for the Divine Mercy Funeral Home. The facility will have two visitation rooms, with personal family rooms as well as a crematorium and embalming facility. Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2016 at The Funeral Law Blog
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“An Eternal Reef combines a cremation urn, ash scattering, and burial at sea into one meaningful, permanent environmental tribute to life”, states the Eternal Reef’s website; one of several companies that manufacture and deliver reef balls containing human remains into the ocean. Whilst being buried at sea has never seemed... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2016 at The Funeral Law Blog
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Astronomy World recently posed the following hypothetical, “could an astronaut’s corpse bring new life to another world?” The answer to this question turns out to be yes; there are apparently several different ways in which the death of an astronaut in space could lead to the development of extra-planetary life.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2016 at The Funeral Law Blog
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Everyone knows that the upkeep of cemeteries varies drastically across the country. Some are pristine with the grounds well kept, while others are run down, seemingly abandoned. However, there are two things almost all cemeteries have in common despite their conditions; headstones and visitors. In May 2016, a young boy... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2016 at The Funeral Law Blog
What happens when a person passes with no family, no funds, or no known name? In 2015, the Warren County Coroner’s office provided for 51 burials of such persons. In that county, it is the responsibility of the county coroner’s office to take physical control of any dead persons until... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2016 at The Funeral Law Blog
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Not interested in designing or building your forever home? There is a niche market that will help you locate and bid on a slightly used final resting place. Are you desiring top-quality granite exterior, marble interior, high ceiling, and custom-made windows? Then you may be interested in Rev. Norman Vincent... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2016 at The Funeral Law Blog
Just after Thanksgiving, Texas joined Indiana in requiring aborted fetuses to be cremated or buried, regardless of gestational age. The new rule, championed by Governor Greg Abbott and promulgated by the state’s Health and Human Services Commission, bars disposal of fetal remains in sanitary landfills. After receiving considerable pushback, the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2016 at The Funeral Law Blog
The short answer is: no. A few months ago, a reporter for The Atlantic called me to discuss recent legislative efforts to treat the remains of aborted fetuses as human remains rather than medical waste. I confess that when she first called, I was unfamiliar with the rapidly shifting laws.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2016 at The Funeral Law Blog
In 2014, Shirley Sisco was buried at Pretty Prairie United Methodist Cemetery in Howe, Indiana. Now, the cemetery wants Sisco’s family to relocate her remains by November 1, 2016, the second anniversary of her death. The reason? A proposed driveway. According to the cemetery, “Sisco was buried in the wrong... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at The Funeral Law Blog
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When I think of the purpose of a Funeral Home, I think of a business that aids one in the process of celebrating the life of a loved one and ultimately disposing of the remains in the desired way. But what if I told you that one Funeral Home is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at The Funeral Law Blog
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According to Lew Keen of the Newport Historic Cemetery Advisory Commission, theft of historic grave markers for use as patio stones and well covers, among other things, is a chronic issue. In October, five long-missing historic gravestones were finally returned to the Colonial-era cemetery Common Burying Ground in Newport, Rhode... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at The Funeral Law Blog
No ground has yet been broken, but a Muslim funeral home in Georgia is already facing vocal opposition. The facility—which would be the first of its kind in the state—is part of a multi-stage development recently announced by Al Maad Al Islami, a nonprofit corporation led by Imam Mohammad Islam.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at The Funeral Law Blog
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On Thursday, November 10, 2016 a funeral was held for a two Vietnam veterans with no living relatives. However, they were not laid to rest alone. The funerals for Clifford Ray Dudley and Marine Lance Cpl. Dennis Ray Ashley Corpus was held in Christi, Texas at the Coastal Bend State... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at The Funeral Law Blog
Some people think that a method that reduces a body to a greenish-brown liquid and bone fragments is a barbaric way to say our final goodbyes to a loved one. Alkaline hydrolysis is a chemical process that uses heat, lye, pressure, and circulation; the body is put inside a steel... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at The Funeral Law Blog
Harwood Home for Funerals in Black Mountain, North Carolina has spent the past few months at the center of a controversy with some citizens of Black Mountain. Harwood’s owner Rick Harwood wished to expand his business to offer cremation services. To do so he planned to purchase an incineration machine... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at The Funeral Law Blog