Cremated Remains in the Closet? Time for Spring Scattering

Cartoonist Roz Chast admitted in her popular 2014 book “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” that her parents’ “ashes” had been in her closet, alongside shoes, clothing and wrapping paper, for more than five years. In the spring of 2016, after receiving a tip...

FEMA to Help Pay Funeral Costs for COVID-Related Deaths

Families who lost a loved one due to COVID-19 after Jan. 20, 2020 may qualify for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA will award a maximum of $9,000 for funeral expenses with a maximum of $35,500 per application. To be eligible, the FEMA...

Happy Second Anniversary, Solace Cremation

After a year of planning, in April of 2019, two guys with an idea launched a company that has now served hundreds of families. Motivated by design thinking and inspired to reimagine the funeral industry, Keith Crawford and David Odusanya launched Solace Cremation,...

Solace Explores Stories of Loss in Advertising Campaign

There’s a well-known reluctance to talk about death in our Western culture and plenty of explanations for it. Our discomfort with death translates into little planning, despite the fact survey after survey shows most people think it’s a good idea.  As a business...

How a Snowball Inspired a Life Devoted to Better Death

“I cannot tell you the rapture I felt holding that in my hand. The coldness dropping onto my burning skin, the miracle of it all, the fascination as I watched it melt and turn into water. In that moment, just being any part of this planet, in this universe, mattered...