Neptune Society In The News

With locations across the nation, Neptune Society is often featured in major publications for outstanding service, unique cremation service options, and affordability. Below are a few of our latest press mentions.

New ABQ Festival Tells What You're Dying to Know

Biz Journals

September 5, 2017

"We are the largest and oldest company offering cremation services but a lot of people have never heard of us," said Ken Gonzales, the Albuquerque field manager for The Neptune Society."

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How to Cut Down on Funeral Costs – The Best is to Plan Ahead While You are Still Alive and Well

Norio Hayakawa

April 15, 2017

"There are some decent, reliable Cremation Societies (such as Neptune Society) that can take care of everything..."

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National Cremation Rate Surpasses that of Burial in 2015

Broadway World

November 15, 2016

"A new study by the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), the world’s leading association representing funeral directors, has shown that for the first time in history, Americans are choosing cremation services over burial services to honor their loved ones."

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An Underwater City for the Dead

Great Big Story

October 2016

"The Neptune Memorial Reef is an eternal resting place for ocean lovers that’s entirely underwater."

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Want to Scatter a Loved One’s Ashes? Rule of Thumb is to Ask First

The Spokesman-Review

September 18, 2016

"When people ask the Neptune Society Spokane office about scattering ashes, manager Chuck Wetmore said he talks to families about state guidelines along with other considerations"

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Dying Traditions, and New Life, in the Funeral Industry

The Boston Globe

May 16, 2016

"Off the coast of Florida, a manmade reef serves as an underwater mausoleum for cremated remains."

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5 Non-Traditional Things To Do with your Body After You Die

The Boston Globe

May 16, 2016

"Located about three miles off the Miami coast, cremated remains are fused with the materials used to build the Neptune Memorial Reef, and are marked by a memorial plaque."

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The Rosebud Film Festival, A Showcase for Local Film Talent, Celebrates 25 Years

The DCist

January 27, 2016

"Director Tyler Trumbo shot this impressionistic short on 16mm black and white film. The film is a brief portrait of Emmitt Waston, caretaker of tens of thousands of cremated remains at the Neptune Society Columbarium in San Francisco. Watson muses on the meaning of community as a place for the dead as well as the living."

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Veterans Ocean Adventures Teaches the ‘Healing Power of Water’


November 10, 2015

"The group dove around the Neptune Society Memorial Reef, leaving flower and wreaths in Carraderro’s honor. “Besides being a scuba diving group, [VOA] was like family for him,” said Jennifer Carraderro."

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Passionate for the Sea in Life, They Become Part of it in Death

Houston Chronicle

October 18, 2015

"Eternal Reefs began offering reef burial in 1999, but several other companies, including the Neptune Society and Great Burial Reef also offer the service."

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Neptune Society Featured on We Are Austin


October 7, 2015

"The way you remember your loved ones is different for every family, and the staff at Neptune Society is here to help. Chris Tapia and Wilhelmina Sims join us to share some ideas."

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Traveling Wall Offers Sobering Images, Lessons

Veterans Today

October 2, 2015

"Angling out of the earth in the National Mall in Washington, it makes no statement on the rightness or wrongness of the path the nation took through the Vietnam War. It simply lists the names of the 58,195 men and women who laid their bones down on that path. The statement on The Wall’s Web site underlines that point: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a place where everyone, regardless of opinion, can come together and remember and honor those who served."

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Big Enterprise, Local Customers: Why Big Companies Can’t Neglect Local Marketing


September 12, 2015

"Death isn’t an easy thing to talk about in any situation. The Neptune Society, which offers cremation services and operates in multiple states across the U.S., builds goodwill and name recognition by sponsoring events in its local communities.In Fort Worth, they recently sponsored a social for end-of-life care workers. Laura Anderson, a Minneapolis-based Neptune Society service manager who also has a master’s degree in theological studies, visited a local seminary to discuss death and dying with future clergy members and missionaries. By offering services and sponsorships in its communities, they establish relationships with care workers and local families. These local networks then recommend Neptune Society affiliates to people when their loved ones pass away."

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Cruise Travel: Can you bury a loved one at sea while on a cruise?


September 10, 2015

"If you follow any cruise message boards or forums, you are bound to see someone asking if they can bury or spread their deceased loved one’s ashes at sea while they are on their cruise. One of the best ways to arrange a cremation is through Neptune Society The simplified answer to this question is yes. Most cruise lines will allow you to bring the ashes on board and will even block off an area at the back of the ship, for a short time, in order to allow you and your family time to prepare and to say a few words and then spread the ashes out over the sea."

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5 Reasons for Daredevils to Visit Miami (Immediately)

Huffington Post

July 9, 2015

"While Miami is known for relaxing holidays and rocking nightlife, the city also has a wide variety of thrills for daredevils and adventure seekers — some of which you won’t find anywhere else. Need a little more excitement on vacation? Here are five reasons Miami should be next on your trip list."

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4th of July Ghost Hunting in California

The Costa Rican Times

July 7, 2015

"Ghosts & the Supernatural – Today, we did not go to San Francisco to investigate, we came to party! When you go to San Francisco, make sure to wear a flower in your hair and be prepared to investigate. There are over 100 locations in San Francisco to investigate."

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10 Things We Spend Way Too Much On, and Cheaper Alternatives

July 3, 2015

"All too often, we buy things we think we’re supposed to, and whenever there’s an emotional component involved, our tendency to overspend is enhanced even more. Think funerals, weddings and engagement rings, just for starters."

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Ashes to Ashes: Cremation Trend Speaks to Economy, Emotions

The Daily Courier

February 16, 2015

"Off a dirt road below Thumb Butte, local funeral home owner Butch Hampton climbs up an embankment behind boulders next to a small streambed. Amid the solitude of the granite landscape, Hampton takes ashes from a wooden urn and gently sprinkles the contents into the water gently flowing over the rocks."

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Dear Abby: Readers Make a Case for Cremation

The Kansas City Star

January 21, 2015

"Dear Abby: I just finished the letter from “Plotting and Planning in Arizona,” (Oct. 5), regarding why cremation is so popular. There are also other reasons. My father, a WWII veteran, had planned to be buried in a national veterans’ cemetery. After his death we were informed that the only option currently available was interment in the veterans’ wall of honor columbarium, because the cemetery had run out of space for traditional burials."

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King of the Underworld: See San Francisco’s Columbarium Through the Eyes of Its Caretaker

SF Weekly

July 16, 2014

"Tucked in a cul-de-sac in the Inner Richmond, The Columbarium’s neo-classical architecture and copper dome seem out of place. The inside of the building resembles a dollhouse and a church with its ornately decorated walls and large, stained glass windows. The four floors in the building open up to a balcony where one can peer up to the stained glass window in the dome. On each floor, thousands of niches cover the walls. Wall-mounted vases surrounding the niches are full of flowers. Each space holds an urn and mementos from a deceased person’s life."

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The Neptune Memorial Reef: a Reef Where You Can Stay Forever

May 8, 2014

"America’s Neptune Society is known as a reputable cremation provider for when those dear to us pass away. Since 2007, however, customers have also had the option of having their ashes scattered on the seabed — on an artificial reef."

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Sleep With the Fishes at the Neptune Memorial Reef

August 7, 2013

"A few miles east of Miami lies an underwater city. A pair of lions guard its entrance columns, which guard stone roads, soaring gates, and crumbling ruins. Did an ancient civilization once live here? No. The “city” is a cemetery, and it was built in 2007."

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