Summer 2018 Newsletter
IN THIS ISSUE:
Our Redesigned Website
Funeral Consumers Alliance of Minnesota's redesigned website went live the first day of summer. We're immensely grateful to our supporters whose donations last year made the redesign of our website possible.
The FCA of MN board hired Connie Lanphear, a professional web designer who, for a rock bottom fee, completely transformed the look and layout of FCAofMN.org. Given the built-in limitations of our low-cost web-hosting service, Connie took our ideas about improving the website, and delivered a fresh, attractive and easy-to-navigate site. We're extremely grateful to her for her work.
Among the new features:
We're still adding pages and making adjustments. Past issues of our Newsletter will soon be available.
Natural Burial Option Coming to Twin Cities Area Catholic Cemeteries
The Catholic Cemeteries, a separate corporation from the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis that manages five Twin Cities area Catholic cemeteries, announced last May that it will begin offering natural, or green, burial as early as this fall.
A May 21 article in The Catholic Spirit, the archdiocesan weekly, Catholic Cemeteries to offer ‘natural burial’ option starting in fall, reports that "preparations are underway in a section of Resurrection [Cemetery] in Mendota Heights to make about 50 natural burial plots available this year, with the potential to add more in future years."
FCA of MN hopes to report details of The Catholic Cemeteries' natural burial policies and pricing in the Fall 2018 Newsletter.
New Cremation Report from National Funeral Directors Association
According to a 2018 report of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), the national cremation rate for the current year is projected to be about 54 percent. By 2025, NFDA projects the cremation rate to reach 64 percent, and by 2035, nearly 80 percent.
Of Interest to Minnesotans
The NFDA estimates that 12 states - including Minnesota - will surpass the 80 percent rate five years earlier - by 2030. That's just 12 years from now.
The NFDA attributes the dramatic rise to "a variety of factors including changing consumer preference, weakening religious prohibitions and environmental concerns."
In the space of just 45 years, cremation as a method of disposition in the U.S. has risen from 5.69% in 1973 to 54%.
The Urban Death Project is Now Called Recompose
A pilot project with Washington State University is underway, after which Recompose will go to the state legislature for permission to permit recomposition as a method of final disposition of a dead human body. Recompose hopes to build its flagship facility in Seattle.
Katrina Spade's initial Urban Death Project kickstarter video provides an animated illustration of the recomposition process beginning at 1:53.
I was entirely happy. Perhaps we feel like that
Willa Cather - My Antonia