The following list includes a range of resources that relate to end of life planning and cremation:
Cremation Association of North America
Founded in 1913, the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) is an International organization of over 1,500 members, composed of cremationists, funeral directors, funeral home operators and owners, cemeterians, industry suppliers and consultants. This is an excellent web site.
Consumer Reports magazine: October 2012 – What to do when a loved one dies
Funeral Consumers Alliance
The only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting a consumer’s right to choose a meaningful, dignified, affordable funeral. We offer education and advocacy to consumers nationwide and are not affiliated with the funeral industry. This website is full of information and advice to help you plan ahead.
Federal Trade Commission
Contains useful information regarding your rights as a consumer, the funeral provider’s responsibilities, and what you should expect.
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine/MSN Money
Advice on why and how to plan and/or prepay your own funeral, including tips on what to look for and what to avoid.
Thinking about a Minnesota cremation? There are cremation laws and information that are unique to Minnesota. This is another excellent web site to learn about cremation in the context of Minnesota.
My Wonderful Life
A wonderful resource for considering myriad aspects of end of life choices.
Next Avenue: TPT
A Minnesota-based website for a national audience of 50+ boomers, providing information and resources for the transitions that boomers are now making in many areas of their lives.
Minnesota Medical School’s Anatomy Bequest Program
You can contribute to medical research and education by gifting your remains through the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Anatomy Bequest Program. Whole body donation supports high quality education for future health professionals and continued advancements in medical care through research.
CREMATION SERVICE PROVIDERS in MINNESOTA
Cremation Society of Minnesota
“The Cremation Society of Minnesota is Minnesota’s largest provider of cremation services.Society members come from all social, religious, and economic backgrounds, finding unity in their mutual attraction to the simplicity of the cremation rite. They choose to dispense with costly and unnecessary pomp associated with conventional funerals, and commit themselves and their families to this dignified disposition at the time of death.
Our membership plan allows families to make all arrangements in advance, thereby relieving survivors of the need to make urgent decisions while in the state of grief. Pre-planning provides families with complete peace of mind, both emotionally and financially.At the time of death, our counselors are available to assist your survivors in arranging for memorial services, obtaining certified copies of the death certificate, cemetery services, grave markers and monuments, obituaries for newspapers and paperwork for Social Security and Veterans’ benefits.”
Twin Cities Cremation
“Twin Cities Cremation and Funeral Services, Inc. is owned by Robert A. McAdams, who has over 30 years of experience as a funeral service provider. Twin Cities Cremation conducts memorial services in the same way as a traditional funeral home, but we do not have the high overhead cost of an elaborate funeral home. We do have a convenient, comfortable, professional establishment in the midway where we make the arrangements and process the transfer of your loved one and cremains.
Twin Cities Cremation utilizes Churches, Cemetery Chapels, Public Chapels, Clubs and other public facilities for meaningful memorial services. Twin Cities Cremation provides a full line of funeral merchandise and unequaled service at prices that reflect overhead savings. We are not the largest provider of cremation/funeral services in the Twin Cities area. Twin Cities Cremation does not plan to be the “Big Box” chain of Funeral Service. Twin Cities Cremation cremates only human remains, we do not accept pets or operate a pet cremation service.”
Natural Burial & Cremation by Willwerscheid
For over 125 years the Willwerscheid family has been an innovator in the funeral industry. Keeping in this tradition, we now offer funeral care options that are more environmentally sustainable while at the same time honor our individual spirituality and traditions.
There are numerous benefits available to honorably discharges US veterans, including burial in a National Cemetery, marker/monument provisions for those buried in private cemeteries, a veteran’s flag, and possibly even monetary benefits for retiress, those with service-connected disabilities, and occasionally under other circumstances. This section of the VA website offers extensive explanations of the many burial provisions available to veterans.
Center for Grief, Loss and Transition
The Center for Grief, Loss & Transition provides specialized therapy and education for complicated grief, trauma and life transition. Located in St. Paul, the Center’s staff includes licensed psychologists, marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers and professional counselors. The Center for Grief is a program of FamilyMeans, a Stillwater-based nonprofit, dedicated to offering hope during the difficult times in people’s lives.
RESOURCES FOR PETS & THE PEOPLE WO LOVE THEM
Midwest Cremation Service of MN, Inc. (Pets)
Pet Cremation Services of Minnesota
Good Grief – Finding Peace After Pet Loss, by Minnesota author Sid Korpy
Personal and professional insights on the animal lover’s unique grieving process”—winner of the 2010 Reader Views Reviewers Choice Award and the 2010 IPPY Independent Publisher Book Award.
OTHER RESOURCES YOU MAY FIND OF INTEREST
Traditions & Customs from All Over the World by Mislav Popovic