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USPS Makes Change in Method of Shipping Cremated Remains

After a recent change by the US Postal Service (USPS) regarding the use of a new mailing label for cremated remains (Label 139), the USPS has now made a change in the method of shipping cremated remains as well.  Effective now, the USPS requires all cremated remains to be shipped using Priority Mail Express service versus the old method of Registered Mail service.  The exact rule reads as follows:

12.9.3 Cremated Remains
Human and animal ashes (cremated remains) are permitted to be mailed provided they are in a strong and durable container and packaged as required in 9.2. The identity of the contents should be marked (Label 139, is preferred) on the address side next to the shipping label. Mailpieces sent to domestic addresses must be sent using Priority Mail Express service.

It is also important to mention that this new rule addresses both human AND animal cremated remains.  This is also a change in previous rules by the USPS where animal cremated remains were not included.

Professionals who ship cremated remains should change their policies and practices to reflect the new change.  Keep in mind that many states have laws that reflect the older method of shipping cremated remains and are in the process of changing state law to reflect federal requirement.  Most states with a conflict in the change have addressed this issue by reaching out to the State Attorney General and allowing providers to follow the new USPS rule, but if you are unsure you should contact your local State Regulatory Board for clarification.

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ICCFA Partners with CANA for 2014 Cremation Training


ICCFA Partners with CANA for 2014 Cremation Training
Both Cremation Arranger and Crematory Operations Certifications to be Offered

STERLING, VA (February 17, 2014)--The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA) and the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) announced a new partnership to present cremation education at a variety of locations around the country. Together, ICCFA and CANA will offer two types of cremation training: the one-day ICCFA Cremation Arranger Certification Program and the one-day CANA Crematory Operations Certification Program™ (CANA COCP™). 

"Partnering with CANA allows members of both organizations to become well-rounded in the biggest emerging sector of our profession," said Poul Lemasters, Esq., ICCFA cremation programs coordinator. "This training is crucial to business growth and setting yourself apart from your competitors as a cremation specialist."

"Blending the art and the science of cremation, this combination of courses will certainly prove to be essential continuing education for the cremation industry," said Barbara Kemmis, Executive Director of CANA. "ICCFA's Cremation Arranger Certification Program will help deliver powerful information on the marketing, value and psychological dynamics of the cremation arrangement process. CANA's COCP is taught by industry experts with the technical, scientific, and legal knowledge to cover best policies, practices, and procedures that are essential to insuring the safety of employees and protecting business integrity."

The dates for the 2014 programs will be announced in the next month. More information and registration will be available on and

With the national cremation rate fast approaching 50 percent, personnel from every funeral home and crematory-owners, managers, funeral directors, and even support staff-can benefit from attending these valuable sessions.   


Founded in 1887, the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA) is the only international trade association representing all segments of the cemetery, cremation, funeral and memorialization industry. Its membership is composed of more than 7,500 rooftop locations and 15,000 professionals in the cemetery, funeral home and crematory industries, as well as memorial designers and related businesses worldwide. To learn more, please visit or connect with ICCFA on Facebook and Twitter.  

About CANA
The Cremation Association of North America's Crematory Operations Certification Program™ (COCP™) is the most comprehensive educational program in the industry, covering the best policies, practices, and procedures for dealing with the families who have chosen cremation as their method of memorialization and disposition. CANA has certified more than 2,000 professionals over the past five years.

Founded in 1913, the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) is an International organization of over 1,300 members, composed of cremationists, funeral directors, funeral home operators and owners, cemeterians, industry suppliers and consultants. CANA members believe that cremation is preparation for memorialization. Website:

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