Anderson-McQueen

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Anderson-McQueen Company is a privately owned funeral home headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida. It is owned and operated by the second-generation McQueen family and serves Florida’s Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties region with six service facilities. Anderson-McQueen is the first funeral home in the United States to practice flameless cremation.[1][2][3]

History

John S. Anderson and William F. McQueen founded Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home in 1952.[4] The original Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home was established in a residential St. Petersburg home and now houses Anderson-McQueen’s Northeast St. Petersburg Tribute Center, one of Anderson-McQueen’s six operating facilities.[5]

After the death of co-founder, John Anderson in 1970, William McQueen assumed sole ownership of the business. In 1984, McQueen invested in a portion of St. Petersburg’s Sunnyside Cemetery, established in 1895, that stretches three blocks.(USGenWeb) McQueen’s three children succeeded ownership of the business after his death in 1987.[5]

In 1990, The McQueen’s acquired the Bobbitt-Gunter Funeral Chapel, now known as Anderson-McQueen’s Tyrone Family Tribute Center located in the Tyrone/Gulf Beach area. Later, they purchased the Alan R. McLeod Funeral Chapel located in the St. Petersburg suburb of Meadowlawn in 1994 from Alan and Carole McLeod.

In 1997, Anderson-McQueen opened St. Petersburg’s first on-site crematory.[6] The facility included both a reception and visitation space located within the crematorium. The reception facility has since been converted to the Bio-Cremation room.

John T. McQueen became president and CEO of Anderson-McQueen in 2010 after buying out his brother and sister from the family's funeral & cemetery operations. Previously, he was the company’s vice president and COO, as well as the owner of the Sunnyside Cemetery and founder of Affordable Memorials.[7]

Operations

Anderson-McQueen is known for their unique services that in the past have included the releasing of butterflies, and using in-house audiovisual technologies to create graphically enhanced memorial and tribute presentations. The Anderson-McQueen on-site crematorium also permits families and designated guests to witness the initial phase of cremation preparation upon request.[6][8]

The vehicle fleet includes "Glory Ride" a Harley Davidson modified hearse pulled by a Harley model motorcycle, as well as a restored 1895 horse drawn hearse. Webcasts are also made available to accommodate guests unable to attend services.[9]

In addition to its use of audio-visual technology for creating personalized memorial tributes, Anderson-McQueen launched its online radio show "Undertaking" in 2014 where host John McQueen interviews other industry experts on various end of life issues. Also in 2014, Anderson-McQueen introduced its mobile app on the iOS app store to provide individuals on the go with easy access to funeral related questions, obituaries and online memorial donations.[10]

Pet death care

In 2006, John and his wife Nikki McQueen founded Pet Passages, an addition of Anderson-McQueen that provides funeral and cremation services to the pet community of Pinellas County. In 2013, Pet Passages surpassed its human counterpart in death care services.[11][12]

Special services

After the state of Florida added the term "consumable" to rephrase existing statute regulating burial and cremation policies and procedures in 2009, Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home became the industry’s first to carry out a flameless cremation.[2][13]

Flameless cremation is an alternative to the traditional cremation process that substitutes water in place of flames. Flameless cremation, also known as bio-cremation,[14] works through a process called Alkali Hydrolysis which uses a compounded liquid solution that is 95 percent water and five percent potassium hydroxide (KOH).[15] The body is submerged into the "Resomator," a special chamber developed by Glasgow-based manufacturer Resumation.[13][16] The practice was permitted after mortuary scientists and cremation specialists demonstrated to state and city officials that the residue left behind following the bio cremation process could be diluted to a soluble liquid with a measurable pH level not exceeding 11.5.[15][17]

Bio-cremation is carried out through a process known as Alkaline hydrolysis. Alkali hydrolysis takes place using a compounded liquid solution that is 95 percent water and 5 percent potassium hydroxide (KOH).[15] The body is submerged into the Resomator, a special chamber developed by Glaskow-based manufacturer Resumation.[16]

Further reading

  • Reinventors: How Extraordinary Companies Pursue Radical Continuous Change, Jason Jennings, Penguin (2012) ISBN 9781101569122

See also

References

  1. Ben Gruber (October 11, 2011). "Florida funeral home offers eco-friendly cremations". Reuters. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/11/us-usa-cremation-idUSTRE7995ZS20111011. Retrieved May 7, 2015. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Kent Hansen Choosing to be Flushed Away". Estate Law Journal. http://www.estatelawjournal.org/site/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/10-Kent-Hansen-Choosing-to-be-Flushed-Away-.pdf. Retrieved May 7, 2015. 
  3. Philip Moeller (March 9, 2012). "How to be Environmentally Green Even in Death". USA Today. http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/the-best-life/2012/03/09/how-to-be-environmentally-green-even-in-death. Retrieved May 7, 2015. 
  4. Carl Cronan (November 12, 2010). "Celebration Service". Business Observer. http://www.businessobserverfl.com/section/detail/celebration-service/. Retrieved May 7, 2015. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Robert Yaniz Jr. (January 5, 2009). "Funeral home maintains 'ambidextrous' business". Tampa Bay Business Journal. http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/stories/2009/01/05/smallb1.html. Retrieved May 7, 2015. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Matthews Cremation and Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes Make Flameless Cremation a Reality". Funeral Home & Cemetery News. January 2012. http://www.nomispublications.com/pdf/onlineNews/01-2012-SectionA.pdf. Retrieved May 7, 2015. 
  7. "Anderson-McQueen new CEO is John T. McQueen". Tampa Bay Business Journal. December 30, 2010. http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/news/2010/12/30/anderson-mcqueen-new-ceo-is-john-t.html. Retrieved May 7, 2015. 
  8. Dan Morse (February 28, 2002). "More Mourners Push the Button To Cremate Their Loved Ones". Wall Street Journal. http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB1014848644439928000. Retrieved May 7, 2015. 
  9. Steve Heisler (November 10, 2009). "Mobile museum about funerals to stop by Ribfest". Tampa Bay Times. http://www.tampabay.com/news/mobile-museum-about-funerals-to-stop-by-ribfest/1050767. Retrieved May 8, 2015. 
  10. Pam Huff (May 12, 2014). "Anderson-McQueen works with UK firm to create funeral home app". Tampa Bay Business Journal. http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/news/2014/05/12/anderson-mcqueen-works-with-uk-firm-to-create.html. Retrieved May 8, 2015. 
  11. Jessica Fargen. "Pets taking bigger bite of death biz". Boston Herald. 
  12. Peter Jamison (May 7, 2013). "It's A Dog's Afterlife; People Who Cherish Their Pets Will Understand a Booming New Trend". Tampa Bay Times. 
  13. 13.0 13.1 Neil Bowdler (August 30, 2011). "New body 'liquefaction' unit unveiled in Florida funeral home". BBC News. http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-14114555. Retrieved May 8, 2015. 
  14. Kantele Franko (June 2, 2011). "Colorado To Allow Alkaline Hydrolysis, An Alternative To Corpse Cremation Or Burial". Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/02/colorado-to-allow-alkalin_n_870551.html. Retrieved May 8, 2015. 
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Natalie Wolchover (August 31, 2011). "How Does the New Corpse-Dissolving Machine Work?". Live Science. http://www.livescience.com/33473-liquefaction-cremation-alternative.html. Retrieved May 8, 2015. 
  16. 16.0 16.1 Lucy Siegle (April 3, 2010). "The innovator: Sandy Sullivan". The Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/apr/04/lucy-siegle-innovator-sandy-sullivan-resomation. Retrieved May 8, 2015. 
  17. Danny Valentine (September 1, 2011). "St. Petersburg funeral home first in country with alkaline hydrolysis cremation option". Tampa Bay Times. http://www.tampabay.com/news/humaninterest/st-petersburg-funeral-home-first-in-country-with-alkaline-hydrolysis/1189232. Retrieved May 8, 2015. 

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