Providing Education and Support to Municipal and Nonprofit Cemeteries in Georgia

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The Georgia Municipal Cemetery Association is a recognized resource for cemetery professionals, historians and preservationists interested in cemetery preservation, advocacy and education.  Our cemeteries, whether large or small, reveal the richness and historic fabric of Georgia's history.  Through innovative workshops and conferences, GMCA's goal is to be a key resource to preserve our treasured cemeteries and burial grounds.

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Historic Myrtle Hill Cemetery -  Rome, GA


Cemetery professionals, historians and preservationists have enjoyed workshops that have been held in Savannah, Social Circle, Brunswick and Vienna. Our workshops offer unique, in-depth approaches to a variety of topics  that have included cemetery rapid assessment, disaster preparedness, stone restoration, ground penetrating radar and using aerial videography (drones) to map and record cemeteries.

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Cemetery Workshop in Social Circle, Georgia

Workshop attendees pose for a photo with a drone used in the aerial photography of cemeteries. Drone provided by Skyblue Videography.

Cemetery Workshop in Vienna, Georgia

Workshop attendees watch as Henry Milhollin and Stan Rogers clean a monument using D/2.

Henry Milhollin and Stan Rogers clean a monument using D/2.

Stone after being cleaned with D/2. 

Cemetery Workshop in Savannah, Georgia

City of Savannah Conservation Coordinator, Sam Beetler, discusses how to assess a cemetery's preservation needs.

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Alkaline Hydrolysis...another alternative burial option

Also known as bio-cremation, resomation, flame-less cremation, chemical cremation, and green cremation, alkaline hydrolysis (AH) involves reducing human remains by using a heated solution consisting of 95% water and 5% alkali. The process liquefies the soft tissue and softens the bones, which are then turned to ash. The AH process takes 2 - 3 hours to complete. The process of AH is actually the same decomposition process a body experiences after traditional burial, just in an expedited fashion.

While AH seems like a relatively new concept, it has actually been around since the late 1800's, created as a means to make fertilizer. In the 1990's, scientists Dr. Gordon Kay and Dr. Peter Weber began using AH as a method of disposal for research animals.

Currently, AH is only legal in a fraction of the US states (only 13 as of 2016). In 2012, Georgia passed house bill 933 that changed the definition of cremation to include other means of professionally adopted cremation such as AH. However, alkaline hydrolysis has not yet been made available to the consumer. 

Alkaline hydrolysis remains a controversial procedure. Some states and local governments have not yet approved AH due to the high PH level of the effluent. Additional treatment of the effluent may be required to reduce the PH to meet that area's acceptable levels. Moreover, some object to the disposal process or "flushing" of the effluent, as they feel this is not an ethical treatment of human remains. Proponents of AH, on the other hand, argue the process is better than the normal cremation process because it has less of a carbon footprint.

It is too soon to tell whether this trend will catch on. With cremation on the rise in the US and green burial practices trying to get a foothold in the industry, alkaline hydrolysis could certainly become a viable "green" cremation option in the future.

2017 GMCA Conference a Success...

The 2017 conference is in the books. We had a great time in wonderful Macon, Georgia, enjoying informative topics, dynamic speakers, great food, and lots of laughs. 

The presentations from the 2017 conference are available for viewing and download on our website. Please take the opportunity to review these presentations, especially if you were unable to attend.

View the 2017 conference presentations here.

Thank you again to all those who made it to the conference! For those who were unable to attend, we hope to see you at next year's conference.

2018 Conference and Workshops

We have already begun planning our 2018 workshops and conferences. If you have a topic that you would like to hear at an upcoming workshop or conference, we encourage you to contact your Region Director. We will do our best to accommodate your requests. If you have a location that you feel would make a great place for a workshop or a conference, please let us know. 

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GMCA Hosts Free Monument Restoration Workshop in Macon

On Thursday August 25th, the GMCA hosted a free monument restoration workshop at Riverside Cemetery in Macon. City of Savannah Cemetery Conservator, Sam Beetler, conducted the 4-hour training session, demonstrating the proper methods of repairing a damaged headstone. The workshop also included a tour of Riverside Cemetery. 

More information can be found by visiting the Macon's local NBC news affiliate, 41 WMGT. 

Unknown & Forgotten Could be Recognized at Historic Macon Rose Hill Cemetery

by Stanley Dunlap

While historic Rose Hill Cemetery is the place where political luminaries, war veterans and famous musicians have been buried, efforts there could soon help remember the forgotten.

Two companies are offering to find unmarked burials and map out the gravesites at the Riverside Drive cemetery, where former Civil War soldiers, ex-mayors, governors and former Allman Brothers Band members Duane Allman and Berry Oakley were laid to rest.

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