The Urn Niche Blog

January 18, 2019

George the Snail

A Hawaiian Snail Named George, Believed to Be the Last of His Species, Has Died His death highlights a larger concern: Scientists estimate that 90 percent […]
January 10, 2019

What is a Widowmaker?

A.   In forestry, the term widowmaker describes a detached or broken limb or tree top and denotes the hazards that such features cause, being responsible for […]
January 3, 2019

3 States Celebrating Statehood This Week

December 28, 2018

Around what time was it believed that the first “ritual” funeral of a human was performed? 

According to several sources, around what time was it believed that the first “ritual” funeral of a human was performed?  When? A) 5000 B.C. B) 60,00 B.C. […]
December 13, 2018

How did the ceremonial practice of flying the U.S. flag at half-staff come about? 

“The earliest record we have of the lowering of a flag to signify a death was an occasion in 1612, when the Master of the ‘Hearts Ease’, William […]
November 30, 2018

Primarily in the 18th and 19th century, what final ritual act was performed during a burial at sea to ensure that the deceased was actually dead? 

Traditionally, 18th and 19th century American and British sailors who died at sea were wrapped in a sailcloth shroud with a few cannonballs or leg irons […]
November 2, 2018

Day of the Dead – Mexico’s Halloween

The Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular, the Central and South regions, and by people […]
November 2, 2018

Which of the following is another name for biocremation?

Alkaline hydrolysis or heated water and potassium hydroxide (lye) are used to liquefy the body, leaving only bones behind. The bones are then pulverized and returned […]
October 31, 2018

Reclaiming Your Sleep After The Loss Of A Loved One

Many people find they have difficulty sleeping after the death of a loved one. It is normal to be kept up by the various emotions of […]
October 26, 2018

What state does not require funeral directors to be state licensed?

Of the following choices, which state does not require funeral directors to be licensed by the state? Here are your choices: A. Alaska B. Texas C. […]