Category Archives: Funerals

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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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 Searching for new rituals for death and dying by a religious historian Keith Watkins. It references a somewhat … Continue reading

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What’s the Hathaway difference in cremation?

There’s a lot of misleading information out there regarding cremation services. Years ago the Federal Trade Commission developed rules for funeral and cremation pricing. In the process they created a special category called “direct cremation” which has turned into a … Continue reading

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Using iBooks Author to Select Prayer Cards

My family has adopted many innovations over the years to improve our quality of service. Here’s an example of our most recent innovation, an eBook designed with iBooks Author so that we can present prayer cards on an iPad. To … Continue reading

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Remembering Through Facebook: For Some, It Can Be So Much More Than an Obituary

The New York Times ran a story over the weekend profiling Paul Cebar of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He posted photos from his deceased mother’s scrapbooks using Facebook and apparently found comfort from the replies he received on line. Sometimes public expressions … Continue reading

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The Descendants

We in funeral service talk about grief as if it fits in one tidy little definition which goes something like this–someone dies, we have to say good-bye with visitations and funerals, we feel hurt and sad for a long time (and sometimes … Continue reading

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Shawn P. Sloan

The Rhode Island Professional Firefighters Pipes and Drums came to our Robeson Street facility yesterday in honor of Shawn P. Sloan. A beautiful tribute, please watch.

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Ron Gaudreau and his ’55 Bel Air

Today we honor Ron Gaudreau at our Robeson Street location. He was a huge car enthusiast and we had his 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air in front of the funeral home and in the procession this morning, a very fitting tribute … Continue reading

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