Will ‘Flameless Cremation’ Catch On?
Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes was in the news once more today for being the pioneer in the world of flameless cremation.  Eric Grundhauser with Atlas Obscura interviewed John McQueen, President & CEO, earlier this week on our revolutionary new process for cremation consumers.  We have included a brief portion of the article below as well as a link to the entire article. 

April 13, 2017

Bio-cremation techniques make burning the dead look old-fashioned. So what’s stopping people from choosing it?

From flaming Viking funeral boats to the efficient infernos of modern crematoriums, humans have a long history of using fire to dispose of our dead. But traditional cremation practices can produce a number of toxic emissions, including high levels of mercury. Today, some funeral homes are embracing an alternative from the exact opposite end of the elemental spectrum, by using water to “cremate” the deceased. Trigger warning: things are about to get clinical.

Technically called “alkaline hydrolysis,” the process of using nothing more than water, heat, and a small amount of chemicals to break down a body is also known as “bio-cremation,” “resomation,” or simply, “flameless cremation.”

“It was our firm that coined the term ‘flameless cremation,’” says John McQueen, president of Anderson/McQueen Funeral Homes in Florida. Anderson/McQueen was one of the first businesses in the world to provide the service commercially, in 2011, and they are still one of only a handful of outfits in the world that offer flameless cremation to the general public.

Click Here to read the full article.

Tree of Memories 2014
Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Lessons in Grieving
Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
After all, the grieving process is all about learning to live your life, not without your loved one, but with your loved one in your memories; in the traditions and love you pass to your children; and especially through the love you still feel in your heart.
Take a look at the First 30 Days website to find out the different lessons in grieving the loss of a loved one to help you cope with the intial loss.
Bring Healing to Your Grief With Christmas Memories
Thursday, November 18th, 2010



Christmas and grieving don’t fit together. Christmas is supposed to be joyful, lively, cheery, warm, and filled with family and friends. Grief, on the other hand, is a painful, difficult and often lonely journey that can shake you to your core.


The reality is that when you have lost a loved one, grieving becomes an inseparable part of your Christmas celebration and remembrances. For the first year, the death of your loved one will affect your usual family traditions and celebration in many significant ways. Grief is an extended journey, and as you face a second Christmas, then a third, and later ones, too, you realize that the holiday has been changed forever by your loved one’s death. During what used to be among the happiest times of the year, you’re feeling a persistent ache in your heart.




The comforting and wonderful fact is that within Christmas itself lies a powerful way for you to move through your grief. Your memories of Christmases past can soothe your hurt, make the spirit of your loved one present and help you integrate your loss into your life. Here are some suggestions for using your Christmas memories to heal your grief:


•     Accept the memories as they come; your first impulse may be to avoid memories altogether. Thoughts of your loved one as part of past holiday festivities may seem nearly unbearable at first.

•     Memories point us forward as well as back. Through memory, you evoke the joy you once knew, and remembering helps you heal and travel a healthy grief journey.

•     Plan a remembrance ceremony or find a special way of honoring your loved one.

•     Share favorite holiday stories or memories with other family members.

•     Look at photos or videos from past holidays, do some reminiscing.

•     Serve that person’s favorite food or holiday dish.

•     Offer a toast; say a prayer or blessing at the start of a family meal.

•     Hang a stocking for your loved one; pin a picture on the outside and let family include notes of remembrance to be put in the stocking.

•     Hang a special ornament.

•     Light a candle at home or in church.

•     Adopt a needy family or donate to a favorite charity in your loved one’s memory.


Let your remembrances give you hope that someday you will move through your grieving and know joy once more. Be comforted by the Christmas message of life and grace, and know that your loved one’s spirit endures. Let Christmas be a gift for your grief.


Some content used from “How Christmas Memories Bring Healing to Your Grief” by Karen Katafiasz

Reserve Your Ornaments for Tree of Memories
Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

The holiday season is especially difficult for family members who have suffered a loss due to the death of someone they loved.

 Tree of MemoriesIn keeping with the tradition of caring and service within the community, Anderson-McQueen Family Tribute Centers will host our 16th Annual Tree of Memories as a tribute to those who have passed.

We invite you and your family to place a personalized angel ornament, at no cost to you, on our Tree of Memories. We encourage you to write a message, place a picture or decorate the ornaments. We will have complimentary supplies available on location to assist you with personalization.


In addition, Anderson-McQueen offers hand-blown glass commemorative angels that can be purchased in honor of your loved one. Each commemorative glass ornament can be personalized with your loved one’s name, date of birth and date of death.

The commemorative angels are $29.95, or save $5 ($24.95) if purchased by Nov. 15. Net proceeds will benefit The Lupus Foundation of Florida.

Recognizing the important role that pets play in our families, Pet Passages by Anderson-McQueen also offers a complimentary pet angel, as well as our beautiful commemorative glass angel, in memory of our furry friends. Both ornaments will be personalized with your beloved pet’s name and date of death. You may place your complimentary pet ornament on one of our pet trees and take the personalized commemorative angel home to cherish for years to come.

Order your ornaments today via:

Web: http://treeofmemories.org/

E-mail: cmcleod@andersonmcqueen.com

Phone: Carole at 727-347-6636

Proudly serving · St. Petersburg · Tierra Verde · Gulfport · South Pasadena · St. Pete Beach · Pinellas Park · Kenneth City · Largo · Seminole · Clearwater · Madeira Beach · Redington Beach · Palm Harbor · Dunedin · Clearwater Beach · Tarpon Springs