Charles Cowling
  Here’s an extract from a feasibility review conducted by Rugby Borough Council Jan 2010, which plans to build a new crematorium. The review gives us useful info about how these things are costed:   Staffing: “It is proposed that the number of staff recommended would be: 1 Manager, 1
Charles Cowling
  Posted by Charles   An undated document issued by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) makes clear its policy on the practice of ‘holding over’ – the retention of bodies for up to 72 hours in order to optimise cremators:   5.  Operation of Cremation Equipment At
Charles Cowling
  Germany is a world leader in crematorium technology, but its crematoria are finding it hard to cope with some of its XXL citizens:  The crematorium employee in the western German town of Hamelin took a last look at the coffin before pushing it inside the furnace. This was the
Charles Cowling
Architect’s impression of the proposed Weymouth Tower of Silence   Posted by Charles   In a move which is sending shockwaves through an English tourist resort, council chiefs in Weymouth, Dorset, have given the go-ahead for followers of the Zoroastrian religion to expose the bodies of their dead in the
Charles Cowling
  “In loving memory of my grandmother. This is at my grandma’s funeral. She lived for over 90 years and was a fierce woman. She was a trooper and lost her husband after she had her 8th child, my dad (at age 17). This loss was extremely difficult for my
Charles Cowling
  Were Ms Mollington to favour something more minimal, this crematorium in Lithuania, the country’s first, we understand, and which was built in the teeth of religious opposition, may arrest her attention. 
Charles Cowling
Thai royal funeral chariot   To all of us at the GFG-Batesville Tower, Lyra Mollington is an elusive and mysterious figure. This is reinforced by her custom of delivering her weekly blog post by means of what she calls ‘drops’, a practice derived, we believe, from espionage.
Charles Cowling
  Yup, history is made. As of 1 April 2012 the City of London crematorium is offering a drop-off service for direct cremationists, and those who have been waked at home, between 8 and 9 in the morning. Hats off! Our thanks to the lovely and brilliant Tony Piper for
Charles Cowling
        “You can’t just put the fire on the pyre and go off. The shutters should be opened and additional firewood has to be placed at least thrice. While burning bodies of people who had taken a lot of medications, like cancer patients, certain chemicals spurt out
Charles Cowling
  The infantile superficiality of the media’s treatment of issues around death and funerals is something we’ve deplored frequently on this blog — and today’s news is that things haven’t got any better. Instead of giving serious consideration to what a crematorium might do with the heat it is compelled