Dissolve and Flush: Liquid Cremation, Biocremation, Water Cremation, Aquamation

Dissolve and Flush: Funeralized Alkaline Hydrolysis. The Newest Technology for Disposing of Dead Human Beings. Rev. Ch. Harold W. Vadney, BA, [MA], MDiv Interfaith Bereavement Chaplain/Thanatologist In the West, interment, inhumation, entombment have been the traditional methods of disposing of dead human bodies, that is, prior to the late 19th century with the revival of…

A Question of “Interfaith”

Interfaith Pastoral Care. Just what is it? Interfaith pastoral care is a hard nut to crack when a client actually is interested enough to ask the question., “What is interfaith?” Some have suggested that we change, broaden our terminology to “interbelief” but I don’t really think that changes a thing; in fact, I think it complicates…

They call it customer service; we call it human service

As a provider of psychospiritual care to the bereaved, as a professional bereavement chaplain, theologian and thanatologist, I firmly believe that some things just have to be delivered locally and face-to-face; these include sex, making friends, spiritual care, funeralization services. Not necessarily in that order or priority ranking. Grief work is not achieved in three…

In Lieu of Flowers: The Memorial Token

The whole idea of funeralization is among other things, to establish and continue our bonds with our dead, and we do this in any number of healthy and not so healthy, sensible and not so sensible ways. In the shorter term, we memorialize our dead in the funeralization and memorialization process. We have a funeral…

Empty Chairs at the Dinner Table: Tragedy or Failure?

Republished with permission from Spirituality and Griefcare. Death does not respect age; any death is a loss whether it be an 18-month old infant, an 18-year old youth, or an 81 year old matron. They are all significant losses to someone and each instance has its own pattern of grief responses and challenges to overcome….

What do Walmart and Funeral Service Corporations Have in Common?

Originally Published on Funeralization & Chaplain Services Walmart-type funeral services and how they nickel-and-dime the bereaved while falling short of providing meaning and hope. Most of the Walmart-type funeral chains are, like Walmart, impossibly large. When I use the term “Walmart” I mean any operation that is a chain of oversized superstores mostly found in…

Join us at the New Blog: Funeralization & Chaplain Services

Funeralization & Chaplain Services You are invited to visit, follow and participate in this new specialist blog dedicated to funeral and memorial services, the important but frequently overlooked role of the interfaith bereavement chaplain,  and many other funeralization and deathcare topics. This new blog will share with its readers a plethora of information on the funeral…

Lessons we can learn from Monty Python’s Holy Grail

There is a great deal to be said about our healthcare and deathcare industries in the US, they are similar in many respects and exhibit similar functional flaws in a general sense. In the humanectomized materialist consumerism driven culture in which we live, the corporations have reduced most of us to human means to a…

The Editor Responds

Dear Readers: With permission from the publisher and the author, I recently republished an article of interest from the Smalbany blog and retitled it on this blog, “Know more about your funeral director and funeral home!” I found the article interesting, relevant and topical and completely compatible with this blog’s purpose. I continue to be…

Know more about your funeral director and funeral home!

Welcome! We’d like to welcome our many readers from the Kansas area. Thank you for your interest! Prologue As this story unfolded, I pondered whether it would be worthwhile to publish an editorial on the general impact of the events. Ultimately, considering the importance of the subject matter as a cultural topic and its downstream…

When the funeral home doesn’t offer an essential service…

Whether they deserve the criticism or not, funeral directors and funeral homes sometimes get some very bad press or we read some devastating review of a funeral service written by persons who expected, needed more than what they got on the price list. Why is that, you might ask yourselves, when you feel you covered…

Let’s Take Back Our Humanity!

The Internet is literally crawling with people who have reinvented themselves from pitiful loners to supreme gurus of life, death and everything in and around those two great mysteries. On the one hand you have to admire them for their capacity to make real their fantasies and virtual lifestyles but on the other hand you have…