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Did You Know?

Posted by anonymous on December 13, 2014 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (5)

1. Granite is a natural source of radiation, containing 10-20 uranium parts per million.

2. The first commercial railroad in the U.S. was the “Granite Railway” of Quincy, Massachusetts. It was built to haul granite.

3. The Statue of Liberty stands on a pedestal made of granite.

4. New Hampshire is known as the Granite State.

5. The stones used in the sport of curling are made of granite.

6. Parts of the Egyptian pyramids, Stonehenge in England, the Easter Island Moai head statues and many Hindu temples in India are granite.


Why are people buried with their feet to the east?

Posted by anonymous on October 28, 2014 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The reason for the east facing position is offered by Tom Kunesh:

 

Note that in Christianity, the star that led the wise men to Jesus comes from the east. Then there is Matthew 24:27 (NKJ): “For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be ...” thus for the Christian believer in the resurrection of the dead, placing the body facing east will allow the dead to see the Second Coming of Jesus.

Why Jewish people leave stones on Monuments when they visit

Posted by anonymous on October 28, 2014 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

 

One of the most common Jewish cemetery customs is to leave a small stone at the grave of a loved one after saying Kaddish or visiting. Its origins are rooted in ancient times and throughout the centuries the tradition of leaving a visitation stone has become part of the act of remembrance.

 

The origin of this custom began long ago, when the deceased was not placed in a casket, but rather the body was prepared, washed, and wrapped in a burial shroud, or for a male, in his tallis (prayer shawl). Then the body would be placed in the ground, covered with dirt and then large stones would be placed atop the gravesite, preventing wild animals from digging up the remains. Over time, individuals would go back to the gravesite and continue to place stones, ensuring the security of the site and as a way to build up the “memory” of the loved one.

 

As time passed on, and carved monuments became the preferred memorial, the custom of leaving a visitation stone became a symbolic gesture–a way for the visitor to say to the loved one, “I remember you…..”.

 

JCAM provides for this custom on our cemeteries by filling receptacles with small stones for our visitors to leave, so you too, can continue on with this ancient custom of remembering.


Purchasing a Mausoleum

Posted by anonymous on October 28, 2014 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

For anyone who does not know, a mausoleum is an upright structure or building which holds interment spaces for above-ground entombment. The concept has existed for many years, as is seen in pyramids. Traditionally, mausoleums were used as a sign of wealth and importance during one’s lifetime, but today, some people simply prefer the idea of spending eternity above ground.

 

While some faiths and religions looks down on above ground interment, this option is becoming very popular in modern times. People of all backgrounds are selecting this option for their futures, and it is not uncommon to plan arrangements in advance.

 

Mausoleums range in size, starting with a one space crypt for individuals, up to custom built mausoleums which hold up to 100 crypts. Many use companion mausoleums for husband/wife resting places, and family estates can typically consist of 2-8 crypt walk-in mausoleums.

 

Walk-in mausoleums are very popular at private family cemeteries, as well as family estates at public cemeteries. These mausoleum structures typically include bronze doors, stained glass windows, granite floors and walls, and plenty of engraving. Often times the mausoleum will be accessorized with benches, pavers, and landscaping work surrounding. This design creates a personalized territory for families to visit loved ones after they have passed.

 

The mausoleum selection process usually begins at the time of a funeral, or during family estate planning. Since the deceased will be interred in the crypts, it is important for the mausoleum to already be in place in time for funeral services. As these structures can take anywhere from 1-6 months to prepare, it is important to plan ahead.

 

Now that the positives of above-ground interment have been discussed, let’s discuss some potentially deterring issues: Firstly, above-ground interment typically costs more than in-ground interment, so most people never even come across the mausoleum option. Secondly, cemeteries usually sell mausoleums for significantly higher prices than local monument companies, which usually scares families from entertaining the idea. Lastly, while some families can afford to purchase mausoleums, these structures tend to stand out amongst the other memorials in the cemetery, and some people would prefer to blend in more with the others.

 

If you and your family decide that a custom built mausoleum is right for you, please remember the 3 P’s when it comes to the purchase process. Professionalism, Patience & Price. Mausoleums are large, extremely detailed works of art, and it is important to be working with an expert in the industry. The process takes plenty of time, from planning the design, to fabricating materials, constructing the building, and finally installing the mausoleum on site. Make sure to work with a local dealer who can take the time to perfect the project. Lastly, while mausoleums are beautiful, they are also expensive, so make sure you do NOT purchase directly from your cemetery, as cemeteries are known to overcharge for memorials in general, and mausoleums specifically.

 

Former President Bill Clinton

Posted by anonymous on June 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Former President Bill Clinton said "Being president is like running a cemetery; you've got a lot of people under you and nobody's listening."

Running out of burial space???

Posted by anonymous on September 9, 2013 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Many people say to me that the reason they’re choosing cremation is because we’re running out or burial space in the US.

Here are some interesting facts.

 

  1. There are currently about 7 billion people on planet earth.
  2. Everyone in the world could stand shoulder to shoulder in the state of Rhode Island giving each person 4 square feet.
  3. The entire WORLD population could be buried in a traditional grave, one layer deep, in a cemetery the size of Massachusetts.  

Let’s do the math:

  •  Massachusetts is 10,554 square miles
  • A standard burial vault is 84” x 33” or 19.25 square feet
  • 1,448,228.5 burial vaults could fit in 1 square mile
  • Therefore, 15,284,603,589 burials could take place in the state of Massachusetts.
  • In other words, Massachusetts could fit twice as many burials as people living right now.
  • The world is not overpopulated, we’re not running out of burial space, and Jesus died for every one of these people.

 

 


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