Embalming/Organ Donation

General Information

Recycling Implants After Death

Implants such as pacemakers, defibrillators, artificial joints, metal plates, and dental work have become increasingly common. In the past,  these implants were buried, incinerated, or sent to landfills after a death. Today many can be recycled—extracted, processed, and ultimately reused in some form. Read more

Scatter-Brained – all about cremation and what’s left

This article was first printed in the Fall, 2005 FCA Newsletter FCA has an article called “Common Funeral Myths” that separates funeral fact from fiction. From the queries we’ve been getting lately, it might be time to come out with a tract on Common Cremation Myths. Read more

How to Inspect a Crematory for above-board operation

In England, almost all crematories are on the grounds of a cemetery, with an attached chapel for services. Consequently, the British are much more open and knowledgeable about cremation. That tradition has followed to this country, most noticeably in Massachusetts, New York, and Texas.In Read more

Cremation Explained, Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Cremation is the process of reducing the body to ashes and bone fragments through the use of intense heat. The process usually takes from two to four hours. The cremated remains are then pulverized to break up larger bone fragments to a granular texture. Read more