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The Mourner’s Bill of Rights — by Alan Wolfelt

A funeral service website posted this content today. I think it’s been around a while but worth reposting so more people can see it. The Mourner’s Bill of Rights by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. Though you should reach out to … Continue reading

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Links for August 16th Radio Show

I appear on WSAR Radio this morning at 10AM Eastern time. Below you will find links to some of the articles and information I will reference during the show. MemryStone – MemryStone on Facebook – MemryStone Lapel Pin     … Continue reading

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Semper Fi for the Hallway

I found this painting at Harbor Fine Art in Newport, RI last night. The artist, Betty Ann Morris (a former Marine), donates a portion of the proceeds to the Semper Fi Fund to support the needs of Marine Veterans.

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MemryStone

So proud of our MemryStone project. Much to learn, much to do, but we have already touched dozens of lives with these tokens of memory which survivors inscribe with a personal message and send through cremation with a loved one. … Continue reading

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An unexpected headline…

Birds hold “funerals” for dead I saw the above headline this morning while reviewing the news, a story on the BBC website. Perhaps it is an overstatement to call a gathering of Jays a funeral, but it is still a … Continue reading

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Neil Armstrong 1930 – 2012

I’m just young enough that the first Apollo mission rests in a vague place in my memory. I was traveling the day Neil Armstrong took those first steps and can only remember someone pointing to a television in the lobby … Continue reading

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Christopher Hitchens on “Death”

I saw an article today which talked about the essayist Christopher Hitchens’ book “Mortality” which is described as an honest book about facing death. [Hitchens died in December 2011] I have put this on my reading list, but thought I … Continue reading

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Clergy Debate Funeral Rituals

I spent some time on Google today looking for any new resources on funeral “ritual” in the US and came across a blog posting┬áSearching for new rituals for death and dying by a religious historian┬áKeith Watkins. It references a somewhat … Continue reading

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NFDA Editorial: Where do the families you serve buy their shoes?

Ed Defort, editor of The Director magazine was kind enough to run an editorial piece I wrote in the May 2012 issue. The Director is the monthly periodical produced by the National Funeral Directors Association. I wrote the piece to … Continue reading

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Parents Devotion to a Dying Infant — Avery’s Bucket List

What would you do if you had an infant who might not live to her second birthday? Many might get lost in sorrow. But this family has chosen a completely different path. They created a bucket list for their infant … Continue reading

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