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Neptune Society, anyone know anything about them?

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My husband and I met with a rep from Neptune Society this weekend because we are starting to get interested about pre-arranging cremation arrangements and at the current time, don't know squat about it. Anyway, she tried to sell us a package, but we did not buy anything. We wanted time to investigate Neptune and other options. I have read some bad reviews on the internet and some good ones. I know my friends here on this board usually always have some input. Does anyone know anything about Neptune?

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Noel71286821920.00734868 PostsRegistered 8/8/2007

They were popular awhile back, and then there was a scandal when it was found that one of the people who was supposed to do the scattering was actually dumping remains in a garbage area.

It was all over the papers at the time. You might want to google it... I have no idea if they ever made a comeback.

"Oh, mother country, I do love you."
John Stewart

Subject1286822013.54311269 PostsRegistered 2/24/2007

I question the name of the company- Neptune??? What does THAT have to do with burning up a dead body?????

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ladyroxanne1286822034.910994 PostsRegistered 3/25/2008northern ca

isn't the neptune society about human euthanisia and not prolonging human suffering?

my friends ex mil's husband was or is president of the society out here, but i really don't know anything about it except what i said above. i could be wrong.

Noel71286822112.4734868 PostsRegistered 8/8/2007
On 10/11/2010 newport said:

I question the name of the company- Neptune??? What does THAT have to do with burning up a dead body?????

They used to do scattering at sea.

"Oh, mother country, I do love you."
John Stewart

Noel71286822145.70734868 PostsRegistered 8/8/2007
On 10/11/2010 ladyroxanne said:

isn't the neptune society about human euthanisia and not prolonging human suffering?

my friends ex mil's husband was or is president of the society out here, but i really don't know anything about it except what i said above. i could be wrong.

No... it's a cremation group.

"Oh, mother country, I do love you."
John Stewart

Subject1286822187.68311269 PostsRegistered 2/24/2007
On 10/11/2010 Noel7 said:
On 10/11/2010 newport said:

I question the name of the company- Neptune??? What does THAT have to do with burning up a dead body?????

They used to do scattering at sea.

nice....

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Noel71286822413.234868 PostsRegistered 8/8/2007
On 10/11/2010 newport said:
On 10/11/2010 Noel7 said:
On 10/11/2010 newport said:

I question the name of the company- Neptune??? What does THAT have to do with burning up a dead body?????

They used to do scattering at sea.

nice....

They offered low-cost "disposal." For people that didn't want the hoopla of a funeral.

Actually, scattering is legal and has been going on for years. I think you have to be so many miles out... something like that.

"Oh, mother country, I do love you."
John Stewart

HUENEME GI­RL1286822455.933166 PostsRegistered 5/23/2010

My Brother died August 16th and he and his wife belong to The Neptune Society, They picked him up from the Hospital where he passed away and his contract did not provide for any service or the remains to be returned, He was just gone. My Mother also used them and her ashes were returned and she was given to us in an urn that we picked out and later buried. I don't know if a funeral is needed but some sort of service to say goodbye is prefered by me. The cost for both my brother and sister-in-law is about$3000.-- paid monthly.

ennui1286822518.3919957 PostsRegistered 4/17/2007
On 10/11/2010 newport said:
On 10/11/2010 Noel7 said:

They used to do scattering at sea.

nice....

My dad was scattered at sea.

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." ~ Robert Brault

Noel71286822607.2334868 PostsRegistered 8/8/2007
On 10/11/2010 ennui said:
On 10/11/2010 newport said:
On 10/11/2010 Noel7 said:

They used to do scattering at sea.

nice....

My dad was scattered at sea.

A lot of people like the idea.

I think you can also do it over some mountain ranges.

"Oh, mother country, I do love you."
John Stewart

ennui1286822707.38719957 PostsRegistered 4/17/2007
On 10/11/2010 Noel7 said:
On 10/11/2010 ennui said:
On 10/11/2010 newport said:
On 10/11/2010 Noel7 said:

They used to do scattering at sea.

nice....

My dad was scattered at sea.

A lot of people like the idea.

It wasn't Neptune -- we all went on the boat. Nice sunny day, not bad at all, really.

Neptune used to be $500, so I'm not sure why the huge increase someone posted.

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." ~ Robert Brault

RedConvert­ibleGirl1286822729.6914145 PostsRegistered 9/3/2005Pacific NW

There must be something special to have it cost that much. My SOs parents were both cremated in the last few years. Each cost under $400 and I believe that covered transportation from the hospital, and the ashes were returned to the family.

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bun231286823960.18142 PostsRegistered 10/27/2004

Thanks for all the replys. They are a company that markets that you just make one phone call at time of a loved one's death. They pick up the body, and take care of the cremation, anywhere in the world and return the ashes to you. It is up to the family to take care of any services preferred and scattering of ashes if they wish, or the family can choose to have Neptune scatter the ashes at sea. It all sounds like a big weight of your shoulders to have that taken care of, if they in fact go through with what they promise and in a timely manner. I realize that there are unsatifactory reviews on everything, just like on many of the items sold at the Q. But many could be very pleased. My husband and I travel a lot, so we like the idea that they would take care of everything, even if we were abroad. Many people say that local funeral homes is the way to go for arranging cremation though. Just wondering. I know it's creepy to think about, but so are a lot of things in life as we get older.

ennui1286824502.7519957 PostsRegistered 4/17/2007
On 10/11/2010 bun23 said:

Many people say that local funeral homes is the way to go for arranging cremation though.

Even the locals could be unethical. There's simply no way to control everything in this world. Neptune Society has been around for a long time, so that helps.

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." ~ Robert Brault

VCamp27481286824696.787006 PostsRegistered 4/20/2006

It is certainly a difficult subject to discuss, but necessary. If you don't have any objections, an alternative is to donate your remains for research. I learned that they often only take tissue samples from the deceased, then cremate what's left. The family has the option of taking the cremains (cremated ashes) to bury or scatter. If the family does not want the cremains, the organization is responsible for disposing of them. I suppose if it was troubling to someone, they could ask specificially what happens to the cremains.

I know about this because of a death in the family a little over two years ago. We opted to receive the cremains & scattered them ourselves later at a very private family memorial service. No expenses incurred going this route, which was the deceased's choice.

game-on1286824961.4773504 PostsRegistered 6/9/2007

I have a friend in the San Fran bay area...her hubby belonged to the Neptune Soc.....she watched as the boat took his ashes out to sea....the immediate family had a small ceremony as they watched. This happened about 10 years ago.

FrostyBabe1286825170.023173 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004in the vicinity of an area adjacent to a location
On 10/11/2010 Noel7 said:
On 10/11/2010 newport said:
On 10/11/2010 Noel7 said:
On 10/11/2010 newport said:

I question the name of the company- Neptune??? What does THAT have to do with burning up a dead body?????

They used to do scattering at sea.

nice....

They offered low-cost "disposal." For people that didn't want the hoopla of a funeral.

Actually, scattering is legal and has been going on for years. I think you have to be so many miles out... something like that.

You do - I believe it is 5 miles. Both of my parents have passed away in the last 5 years and it was their wish to be cremated with their ashes scattered in the Gulf of Mexico, offshore from "our" island. I used contacts in the area to arrange for a boat and do the scattering myself.

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same. ~ Francesca Reigler

Noel71286825870.21734868 PostsRegistered 8/8/2007
On 10/11/2010 FrostyBabe said:
On 10/11/2010 Noel7 said:
On 10/11/2010 newport said:
On 10/11/2010 Noel7 said:
On 10/11/2010 newport said:

I question the name of the company- Neptune??? What does THAT have to do with burning up a dead body?????

They used to do scattering at sea.

nice....

They offered low-cost "disposal." For people that didn't want the hoopla of a funeral.

Actually, scattering is legal and has been going on for years. I think you have to be so many miles out... something like that.

You do - I believe it is 5 miles. Both of my parents have passed away in the last 5 years and it was their wish to be cremated with their ashes scattered in the Gulf of Mexico, offshore from "our" island. I used contacts in the area to arrange for a boat and do the scattering myself.

I think they have charter boats that will help, too. A woman I know went with a small group to scatter their friend at sea.

Pretty sure they had a charter boat, and they also had a minister come along for a brief service at sea.

"Oh, mother country, I do love you."
John Stewart

BaileyandB­ella1286826501.465649 PostsRegistered 2/6/2010

My MIL is prepaid with the Neptune Society. We have a phone number to call when she passes and they handle everything.

ennui1286832222.619957 PostsRegistered 4/17/2007

I remember a story years ago, about all those John and Jane Does who pass away, or even identified people, without relatives or friends to claim the body. The remains are cremated and held for two years, and then twice a year, they take the unclaimed out to sea.

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." ~ Robert Brault

reiki6041286840848.071551 PostsRegistered 10/22/2008nyc
On 10/11/2010 ladyroxanne said:

isn't the neptune society about human euthanisia and not prolonging human suffering?

my friends ex mil's husband was or is president of the society out here, but i really don't know anything about it except what i said above. i could be wrong.

That's the Hemlock society.

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angel274171286856620.3931976 PostsRegistered 8/15/2005central florida

Neptune Society yes my dh just purchased this about a year ago. They take care of getting the body, even if its out of state and taken to their mortuary. They take care of everything and in my case dh wants to be buried at sea thru the military they will arrange that. Someone asked what did neptune have to do with it. Well actually for a lot more money people are being buried in this place in the water, from all the pictures Ive seen its very beautiful, I just hope its not covered with oil now, but it was pretty expensive

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angel274171286856622.1431976 PostsRegistered 8/15/2005central florida

Neptune Society yes my dh just purchased this about a year ago. They take care of getting the body, even if its out of state and taken to their mortuary. They take care of everything and in my case dh wants to be buried at sea thru the military they will arrange that. Someone asked what did neptune have to do with it. Well actually for a lot more money people are being buried in this place in the water, from all the pictures Ive seen its very beautiful, I just hope its not covered with oil now, but it was pretty expensive

"Keep smiling it makes people wonder what youve been up to"

sylviahome­atlast1286863215.8878798 PostsRegistered 6/9/2008CO

isn't it about cryonics?

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Good Bye W­ith Love1286868731.6334342 PostsRegistered 6/28/2006

My best friend was a member of Neptune Society to cremate her remains.

A private ceremony was held for family and friends. She merged with earth when her ashes was released into the sea. Peaceful.

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