Posts Tagged ‘Cremation’

Cremation ashes used for jewellery, tattoos and fireworks

Tuesday, July 26th, 2022

When Mary-Anne Paterson lost her mother, Anne, to breast cancer, she knew she wanted to make something in her memory. Now she is creating glass jewellery from her mother’s ashes. Read more

Recomposting may offer the latest option in green burials

Monday, March 4th, 2019

Having one’s body composted after death and turned into about 1 cubic foot of soil could soon be an option for Washington state residents. The approach, called recomposition, is currently being discussed by lawmakers and, if approved, could become a legal third option for after-death care by 2020. “A lot of people might be reluctant Read more

Large people charged more for cremation

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

Large people should be charged more in cremation fees because of the extra time it takes to process the oversized coffins, the manager of Hastings cemeteries says. In a paper going before Hastings District Council this week, manager Isak Bester brings several matters to the councillors’ attention, including the extra time involved in cremating “oversize Read more

Is cremation banned in the Bible?

Monday, October 30th, 2017

The churches in Papua New Guinea are divided over the issue of whether or not to accord dead loved ones a burial or cremation. Father Victor Roche from the Catholic Bishops Conference of PNG and the Solomon Islands said although they prefer burial, the church also accepts cremation. But pastor Peter Dege from the True Read more

NZ Bishops ask that ashes of deceased be treated with respect

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Last week the Bishops of New Zealand issued a statement asking Catholics to treat the ashes of their loved ones with respect when they have chosen to have their bodies cremated. This follows on the recent statement the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith about cremation and the scattering of ashes. “The loss of Read more

Vatican rules on ash spreading based on values similar to Māori ones

Friday, October 28th, 2016
ash spreading

The Vatican’s recently announced a set of guidelines for cremation, ash spreading, and burial. Spokeswoman Simone Olsen says the Catholic Church in New Zealand will follow guidelines from the Vatican. The practice of ash spreading is particularly pertinent in the New Zealand  at this time because a number of iwi have been expressing their concern about Read more

When is someone legally dead?

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

When someone was legally dead? This is a question discussed by the Law Commission. It released a 252-page report Death, Burial and Cremation – a new law for contemporary New Zealand, last week. The report is a response to a request to undertake a first principles review of the Burial and Cremation Act 1964. While the report Read more

Wrong body cremated at British politician’s funeral

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

The wrong body was cremated at the funeral of a British politician in January after an incredible mix-up. The West Midlands European Parliament MP Philip Bradbourn, 63, had died of bowel cancer in December at Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield. But another man’s body was cremated at the Conservative politician’s funeral on January 16 Read more

Auckland scraps law on ashes

Friday, July 11th, 2014

The Auckland Council has scrapped a bylaw change which would have required people to get council approval to scatter ashes in public places. Under the original proposal for the Cemeteries and Crematoria Bylaw, city residents would have had to get written permission to scatter their loved ones’ ashes. Continue reading

A whole new meaning to going out with a bang

Friday, June 20th, 2014

There are an increasing number of bylaws limiting the options people have for scattering their dear departed’s ashes. But now they can really go out with a bang. Craig Hull runs Ashes to Ashes in Sydney Australia and, for a fee he will  for a fee, will send your loved one’s or pet’s ashes up in an Read more