Regulating Crematories?

Its not often that industries ask for increased regulation but it sounds like thats what the Cremation Association of North America is advocating. From this story at USA Today:

Currently 12 states — Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia — regulate cremation, at a time when more people are choosing the service, said Mike Nicodemus, chairman of the association’s operator certification program. The rate of people choosing cremation had grown to one in three by the end of 2006, according to the group’s most recent figures.

Nicodemus said the majority of operators are honest, but the dishonest ones hurt the industry and tougher regulations are the only way to root them out. “We know that people with regulation in their state are held to a higher standard,” he said. “The girl that cuts my hair has to jump through more hoops than my crematory operator does,” he added.

So Ohio is not on the list. Ohio just got around to allowing directives that allow one to appoint an agent to carry out your final wishes regarding the disposition of one’s remains and my firm and I are doing more every week. The rise in popularity of cremation is an easily observable phenomenon so regulation probably isn’t too far behind. Thanks Professor!

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