Teen’s remains incorporated in ‘eternal reef’ The sea always held a strong pull on Jan Gallagher’s family. But that was nothing compared to the intensely personal bond the family now has with the sea. These days, when Gallagher looks out to the crashing surf, she sees the teenage daughter she lost 10 years ago. And […]


Green graves give back to nature For some, there’s nothing more ghastly than the idea of having their mortal remains embalmed, sealed in a metal and plastic casket and buried in a cement vault. They’d prefer to be buried “au naturel.” So some companies are thinking outside of the box and offering Earth-friendly burials amid […]

Associated Press

Cremated remains turned into living monument in artificial reefs Joyce Yoder wanted a living monument to her husband William’s memory and, off the coast of South Padre Island, she is getting her wish. The remains of Bill Yoder will become part of an artificial reef’s underwater life, seven miles off the southernmost tip of the […]


Personalizing Your Final Resting Place Long gone are the days when a funeral meant a wake by an open casket followed by a somber good-bye at a cemetery. For the past decade, unconventional baby boomers have been driving a new trend in the $9 billion industry–extreme personalization. It used to be that the dearly departed […]

The Boston Globe

Baby boomers remaking once-stodgy funeral industry To celebrate the opening of its newest location, Bennett Funeral Home threw open its doors to the nonmoribund public, inviting families to “come join the fun” at an open house with music, food, and tours. About 60 people, including parents accompanied by young children, turned out for the silver-platter […]

Diver Magazine

How to be a Coral Reef Don’t want to be put in an urn, buried or shot into space after you die? How about sleeping with the fishes? Eternal Reefs of Atlanta now have a service for divers that who after death can be at one with the see.