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Weekly Photo Challenge: Window

The Neptune Society’s lovely columbarium in San Francisco features a stained glass window in every room off its main floor rotunda.  Every room, that is, except one.  The Tiffany window from the 13th room was stolen before the Neptune Society … Continue reading

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Committed to Flame: A Brief History of Cremation in the United States

Cremation is an ancient way of honoring the dead. Aborigines in Australia cremated their loved ones 20,000 years ago. Bronze Age Scandinavians, Iron Age Palestinians, as well as the Babylonians and Greeks practiced cremation. The Romans burned their dead on … Continue reading

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Burning Desire: Cremation Tour by the Neptune Society

The Neptune Society was founded in 1973 to provide low cost, no-frills cremations in Northern California. They’ve expanded their mission to include the sale of coffins, embalming if requested, open or closed casket funerals in small private chapels, and scattering … Continue reading

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Cemetery of the Week #30: the San Francisco Columbarium

Neptune Society Columbarium 1 Loraine Court San Francisco, CA 94118-4216 Telephone: (415) 771-0717 Founded: 1898 Years of Use: 1898 – present Number of interments: 8500 or so Open: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

Spectacular stained glass windows adorn the Neptune Society’s San Francisco Columbarium.  I particularly like this one, since it combines regular leaded glass, painting on glass, and glass layered to make special lighting effects. The guardian angel (the larger figure with … Continue reading

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