In this episode we talk with Poul Lemasters about the story behind his hugely successful annual coat drive, we spotlight a funeral director who went above the call of duty to honor a veteran and in our WTF segment we feature one of the ugliest casket interiors we have ever seen.
This is not my typical blog post because it’s deeply personal pouring into words grief, grace, and gratitude. If you read this in its entirety, you’ll not see my regular content but real, raw life…and death. As parents our single greatest fear is the loss of our child, no matter their age. In the funeral home business, we frequently serve such painful and tragic services for the survivors that grieve an early death. I personally know two funeral industry professionals that lost sons this year. I had conversation with the parents of one and I was deeply moved as they shared with me about their son along with the anguish they are suffering.
On the busiest shopping weekend of the year, funeral service professionals can take advantage of amazing deals right from the comfort of their own homes or funeral homes. MortuaryMall.com today announced their 6th annual Black Friday sales event, which will offer an incredible, value-packed lineup of great deals. With increased manufacturer participation, there will be even more products offering free shipping or bigger discounts at this year’s event. The event kicks off at 12:00am ET, on Friday, November 27
Lee Williamson died in the U.S. at the age of 73. Her son Glenn, who works in hi-tech, was her heir and estate manager. When he sat down to sort out what she had left behind, he encountered a problem: Lee had left a detailed list of her physical assets, but no mention of her photographs, emails or additional personal information on the internet. He knew she had accounts on Twitter and Yahoo!, but he didn’t know if there were others.
What is legal in only 13 States, 3 Canadian Provinces and was condemned by the New York Catholic Conference in 2011? The punchline to this bad setup is less funny than you may have hoped: Alkaline Hydrolysis, otherwise known as Bio Cremation or resomation. Bio cremation is a process that uses water and lye to break apart the body after death without the use of fire. This, proponents say, leads to a more environmentally friendly process for the disposal of bodies.
A client and friend of mine recently spent days revising the staff schedule to be more efficient and effective. He took great pains to think about its impact on staff and did his best to devise a plan that would work best for the funeral home AND create the least inconvenience for his staff. After he finished explaining it to staff at a staff meeting one of his staff members pushed back hard. This resulted in others joining suit (crowd mentality).
A few weeks ago, I received a heartbreaking call that no person ever wants to take… My younger cousin, at the tender age of 16, and with so many life possibilities and meaningful moments ahead, took his own life. And while I may work in a profession where death is spoken about casually over lunch, and where I regularly give advice on how to cope and heal when loved one’s pass away, it’s still completely debilitating when this kind of event hits home.
People’s last words are fascinating. Some share a nugget of wisdom, while others throw in one last joke. Somehow, these last words end up capturing an essence of the person who uttered them. We put together the graphic below showing the last words of nine famous people.
On Wednesday morning, former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie’s father, Dick, died of a heart attack. Less than one hour later, his mother, Joan, also died — also of a heart attack. In a post written later that day on Facebook, Flutie said, “They say you can die of a broken heart and I believe it.” The Fluties had been married for 56 years, and the story of their death is one you hear from time to time: longtime couples who are as inseparable in death as they were in life
Going off to some facility, they tell her. Losing control of care. Being knocked out by morphine. Or — the clincher — giving up. When Gross assures them that hospice isn’t at all like that — that two-thirds of hospice care takes place in the person’s home or a long-term care facility, that the patient can still receive medical care, and that Medicare and most private health insurers pay for it in full — they often change their minds.