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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Good Things Come in Small Packages

From The (Madison, Wisc.) Capital Times of Jan. 31, 2006:

When cremains remain unclaimed

By Mary Bergin

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State law requires a funeral home to keep cremains for 60 days; they then can be placed in a grave, niche, crypt or disposed of "in any other lawful manner." The crematory, not the funeral home, is legally obligated to keep a record of who is cremated, when and to whom the cremains are delivered.

So there is nothing, outside of conscience and reputation, to stop a funeral home from flushing the unclaimed human ashes that it receives. But both are big considerations.

"To us, these are people, even though they are in small containers," [Cress Funeral and Cremation Service president Bill] Cress says. "I don't care if some were homeless, or considered despicable."

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