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Cemetery of the Week #163: Neptune Memorial Reef

Neptune Memorial Reef International waters off of Key Biscayne, Florida N 25° 42.036′ W 80° 05.409′ Founded: 2007 Size: 16 acres Number of interments: There are 1200 places available “in the reef’s initial development.” More than 200 placements have been … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top

I went to a funeral last week in one of the most beautiful places in San Francisco.  I’ve written about the columbarium before — I’ve visited it many times — but this was the first time I’ve been there for … Continue reading

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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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