aCremation Blog

Columbarium: Above-ground urn placement

August 9th, 2017

My brother and his family are planning a trip to New Orleans. Like many tourists, one of the items on their “to do” list is visiting one of the Crescent City’s famous above ground cemeteries. Thanks mostly to the high water table there, approximately 90 percent of burials are above ground. This is only one …

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Burial vaults for cremation urns

July 17th, 2017

You may know that full-body in-ground burials usually involve a reinforced concrete outer burial container, often called a burial vault. But did you know the same goes for burying cremation urns? First of all, it’s not because of the law. Most states, including Texas, do NOT require outer burial vault containers. However, most cemeteries DO …

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Is green cremation a better choice than green burial?

June 12th, 2017

If you made the decision to choose cremation as an alternative to conventional burial, you may be seeking a way to have a green cremation. A properly and responsibly conducted cremation is considered by some to be more environmentally-friendly than traditional burial. Even if you don’t consider yourself an environmentalist, you may appreciate the environmental …

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To the working mother, Happy Mother’s Day

May 12th, 2017

There are many flavors of motherhood, and I’ve been blessed to experience several of them as a working mother. Working mothers. Mothers with mothers still living. Mothers grieving their mothers. Mothers caring for aging parents. So when I think of Mother’s Day, I do it from many perspectives. Perhaps you share the same ones. Today, …

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Non-Traditional Next of Kin Relationships

May 9th, 2017

We have the honor of meeting with hundreds of families each year. As a result, we frequently talk with people in non-traditional next of kin relationship structures. In these cases, it is extremely important for the people to understand what the law says, and doesn’t say, about Next of Kin relationships BEFORE a death occurs. …

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