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USPS Releases New Requirements for Shipping Cremated Remains

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The United States Postal Service has released new requirements for shipping cremated remains. These official rules apply to anyone seeking to ship cremated remains domestically or internationally, whether a funeral professional or a member of the general public.

These changes are in response to the expanding market for alternative memorialization where cremated remains are incorporated into custom-made memorials.

"The United States Postal Service's recognition of the growing need to move cremated remains quickly, and securely from one location to another, particularly for the purpose of memorialization, is vital to companies like ours," said Nick Savage, owner of Memory Glass. "Having set guidelines for shipping cremated remains protects the business, the customer, and the deceased."

The How to Package and Ship Cremated Remains guidelines are available online and can be downloaded as a PDF at> This document specifically states that these guidelines should be followed when "you are sending cremated remains to an artisan or craftsperson to incorporate the remains into blown glass, jewelry, or other works of art."

Established in 2002, Memory Glass creates customizable solid glass memorial keepsakes that preserve cremated remains, soil from a burial site or sand, which are suspended within the glass. Its mission is to provide a creative, affordable, alternative form of memorialization for those grieving the loss of family, friends or pets who are no longer with us. Memory Glass products are available in over 1,500 funeral homes and pet crematoriums in all 50 states, Canada, Australia, and the U.K. To learn more and become a vendor, please visit


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