Thursday, December 8, 2011

US Air Force under scrutiny for handling of cremated remains


Anyone in our organization that knows me certainly will not hesitate to tell you about my belief system in the funeral service profession.  Lord knows they have to listen to me rant and rave when I hear or see mediocrity in funeral service. I was appalled when I heard the Air Force had dumped the remains of 274 US troops in a landfill. It saddens my heart that this had to happen. I don’t know if there is more to the story than we know, but it brings it back home to our local communities.

I wonder why we are so outraged at an event like this (and I think we should be!), but many families think nothing of directly cremating Grandma and then scattering her ashes or leaving her cremated remains in a closet to be disposed of later.

Doesn’t she deserve the same respect? While she may not have gone overseas to protect our freedom, remembering her life is also important. These soldiers deserve to have their lives celebrated and remembered, but so do our loved ones who impact our lives in quieter ways.

Why do you think people minimize the importance of celebrating their loved ones’ lives? Tell us in the comments below.

-Linda Darby-Sempsrott, CEO

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