Interesting and entertaining perspective from a woman in the cremation business in Oakland, CA.
"Caitlin Doughty is a mortician who would like to put herself out of business. Our corporate funeral industry, she argues, has made us forget how to offer our loved ones an authentic sendoff. Doughty is the author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons From the Crematory."
Warning; contains very graphic detail of the cremation process!