Cremation Resources

Welcome to the ICCFA Cremation Central Resources page.
Nowhere else will you find such a wide range of historical and educational materials on the topic of cremation.

USPS Cremated Remains Brochure

The United States Postal Service (USPS) recently published a new document on “How to Package and Ship Cremated Remains” (February 2014)

First Impression Cremation Phone Shopper Program

How does your staff respond when they take a call from a cremation “phone shopper?” Do they simply give out the price for direct cremation, or do they offer information on the many options available for tribute and memorialization? The ICCFA now offers the First Impression Cremation Phone Shopper Program to allow you to monitor the first impression your company is making on callers.

ICCFA Cremation Articles

How we should be talking to families about memorialization, Julie A. Burn, CCrE, CSE, October 2012
Why you should make cremation arrangements like a Canadian, Daniel M. Isard, MSFS, October 2012
A history of cremation in the West: What, When and Where, Todd Van Beck, October 2012
How cremation makes it seem like the death rate is declining, Fraser Drysdale, MSA, October 2012
Behind the eyes of a jury: An in-depth case study of a cremation gone wrong, Poul Lemasters, Esq., August 2012
What cemeterians need to know to become cremation specialists, Julie A. Burn, CCrE, CSE, March-April 2012
What you need to know to be a cremation specialist, Julie A. Burn, CCrE, CSE, January 2012
Making the handover of cremated remains a meaningful event for family members, E. C. Daves, October 2011
Proper procedures must extend to return of cremated remains, Jim Starks, CFuE, CCrE, October 2011
The five keys to winning over online cremation shoppers, Rob Heppell, CFSP, October 2011
Learning what the public likes while educating them about cremation, Kent Roduck interview by Susan Loving, October 2011
Home-like setting comforts families, benefits funeral homes, Beacham McDougald interview by Susan Loving, October 2011
A low-tech way to keep track of the cremation paperwork, Interview with Mark Krause, CFuE and Nancy Lohman, CCFE by Susan Loving, October 2011
That was then…this is now, Julie A. Burn, CCrE, CSE, October 2011
What to say – and not to say to people calling about cremation, Julie A. Burn, CCrE, CSE, March-April 2011
For sale: 2 bedroom/2 bath/grandma scattered in backyard, Poul Lemasters, Esq., January 2011
Holding on too long to what remains, Dr. Bill Webster, October 2010
Glass front niches: the key to attract cremation families, Daniel M. Isard, MSFS, October 2010
How to handle the disposition of artificial devices after cremation, Poul Lemasters, Esq., October 2010
What is your website teaching families about cremation?, Julie A. Burn, CCrE, CSE and Brenda Clough, October 2010
Getting an ID every time, Poul Lemasters, Esq., March-April 2010
Cremation Graveside Services, Julie A. Burn, CCrE, CSE, January 2010

Articles from the Library of Congress Archives

Additional resources available at The Library Of Congress (updated periodically)

Desiccation and Cremation[Manufacturer and builder / Volume 21, Issue 8, August 1889]

The New York Cremation Society[Manufacturer and builder / Volume 19, Issue 6, June 1887]

Cremation and Christianity[The North American review. / Volume 143, Issue 359, October 1886]

Cremation in Boston[Manufacturer and builder / Volume 16, Issue 8, August 1884]

Cremation[Manufacturer and builder / Volume 16, Issue 7, July 1884]

The Advantages of Cremation[Manufacturer and builder / Volume 15, Issue 5, May 1883]

Earth-burial and Cremation[The North American review. / Volume 135, Issue 310, September 1882]

Cremation[Manufacturer and builder / Volume 12, Issue 9, September 1880]

Objections against Cremation[Manufacturer and builder / Volume 6, Issue 6, June 1874]

STATES REQUIRING CREMATORY OPERATION CERTIFICATION:

Arkansas
Arizona
California
Georgia
Illinois
Kansas
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Mississippi
Nebraska
Nevada* (pending)
New Hampshire
New York
North Carolina
South Carolina
Texas
Virginia
West Virginia

CANADIAN PROVINCES:

British Columbia
Ontario
Saskatchewan