I just finished uploading photos I took of cemeteries, catacombs, church tombs, and memorials from the U.S., England, France, Italy, and Malta on my website.
If you have time to kill, check them out! https://www.allthingsfuneral.com/art.html
Sadly, not every pregnancy produces a healthy baby. Some parents have their dreams crushed when the pregnancy ends with a stillbirth. After the stillborn child is delivered, some parents still want to spend time holding their precious child. The amount of time they have to spend with their child at the hospital is limited because of the delicate condition of the body.
One company has developed a device to help cool the body in the hospital room, allowing the parents to spend more time with their deceased child. It's called a CuddleCot. Here's where you can learn more about it:
Here's an article about a couple who experienced a stillbirth and is now helping provide CuddleCots to hospitals:
The Deseret News published an article about the federal team tasked with assisting in mass fatality events. Yours truly is a member of DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team). Here's a link to the article:
Grave robbing has been around for a long time...perhaps nearly as long as there have been graves.
It was quite a profitable business during the late 18th and early 19th centuries when bodies were needed for medical studies.
The burial vault was invented to protect bodies from grave robbers. Now that grave robbers aren't a concern anymore, the vaults are made to protect graves from sinking in. Over time, caskets deteriorate and with the added weight of backhoes and trucks driving in the cemetery, the graves would collapse if it weren't for the burial vaults.
Here's a link to a great podcast produced by Stuff You Should Know that talks about grave robbing. I think you'll really dig it!
In case you'd rather read about this instead of listening to a podcast, here's a link to an article that talks about a lot of the same material: A Beginner's Guide to Body Snatching
Here's an article with some valid points and good suggestions for those in the funeral industry: The 3 Biggest Threats to the Funeral Profession
If funeral homes are still trying to stop cremation, they've missed the boat. Businesses (all of them) only stay in business if they offer what their customers want, instead of trying to convince customers to buy what they're selling.
Hello, I'm Jeff Zealley. I worked as a funeral director for over 20 years. Now, I am fortunate to teach those pursuing a career in funeral service. I'm still fascinated with the funeral industry and the ways people choose to memorialize their loved ones.