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The Meaning Behind Popular Funeral Flowers
Before you tell the florist to “put something nice together,” take a minute to learn what your flowers might actually be saying.
How To Donate Your Body To Science
You’ve decided to “donate your body” after you die. But, what does that actually mean?
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Parting Shots: Are Mean Obituaries and Eulogies Fair?
In a courtroom, one is compelled by law to tell “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” Does this same moral...
A Known Response to an Anonymous Funeral Rant
Photo Source: Mortician Salary An anonymous funeral director went on a very public rant about the flaws of his...
Remembering My Dad On His Birthday
I sat down to write this blog as a timeline; I thought it might be helpful to organize my thoughts so you’d be able to...
Who Wants To Smell Like A Funeral Home?
Now you can with the Demeter Funeral Home perfume. I’m not kidding. This is real. When I worked in a funeral home, I used to...
This Outfit Is To Die For...and In
Photo: Pia Interlandi Although I’m completely ok with pre-arranging my own funeral, there is one decision I...
How Do I Know If These Ashes Are Actually Mom?
As a general rule, it’s safe to assume that if you use a reputable crematory the ashes in your possession belong to your...
Happy BIRTHday To Me...
At my birthday dinner last night, I was reminded by my (older) friend that at 29, I should realize how I’m “getting up...
A Tanning Bed Shaped Like A Coffin
Argentinian artist, Luciano Podcaminski, attempted to bring awareness to the dangers of the tanning bed with his creation “...
Dying Father Has 10-Year-Old Daughter Dress Like Bride
Johnny Wells is not going to live to see his daughter grow up and get married. To replace this loss, he and his family held...
Here’s How You Donate Your Body To Science
You’ve decided to “donate your body” after you die. But, what does that actually mean? Donate to what? Or whom? Will your...
Be Smart When Pre-Purchasing Your Funeral
Everplans is all about planning ahead! It’s what we do. That said, it’s important to be very careful when it comes to pre-...
Shark Tank’s Mr. Wonderful Loves When People Die
Kevin “Mr. Wonderful” O’Leary is the resident sourpuss on ABC’s Shark Tank, a show where rich successful business people...
A Scandal in the Funeral Industry No One Talks About
Source: Flickr/Gerald Pereira When I tell people that I worked in the funeral industry, I’m always asked if it’s...
First Funeral Selfies. Now Corpse Selfies. Please Stop!
#CorpseSelfie Tasteless, right? For those unfamiliar with what I just posted above, that’s a hashtag used on sites like...
Resources For Those Still Grieving 9/11
Photo Source: Joe Woolhead, Tribute in Light 2010, 911memorial.org Unfortunately, grief does not have a set time...
How High-Tech Should Funeral Homes Be?
Photo Source: Santa Ana History One of the main complaints about the funeral industry and funeral homes is they...
Are You Ready For Some FOOTBALLL Funerals?
Football season is coming to an end. If you’re a dedicated fan like me you’re a bit sad knowing there won't be anymore games...
5 Tips for Celebrating Father’s Day when You're Fatherless
This Sunday is going to be an emotionally difficult day for me. While many people will be celebrating how amazing their dads...
What Should Men Wear to a Funeral?
A few nights ago I got a desperate call from a close friend: “Can I wear sneakers to a funeral service?” I was a little...
How To Write A Condolence Note
Unfortunately, I have a lot of experience with condolence notes. Not only have I written many condolence cards, but also I’...
5 Things You Can Do If You Can't Attend a Funeral
Sometimes, you're just not able to make it to a funeral. Maybe you're out of town, or the funeral is too far away, or you...
Confessions of a Funeral Director
Today, I'm proud to be guest blogging over at Caleb Wilde's blog Confessions of a Funeral Director. My piece is called "5...
Will there Be an Open Casket at a Catholic Wake?
A viewer of my videos wrote in: "I'm going to a Catholic wake for the first time. Will there be an open casket? What if I'm...
4 Tips for Successfully Speaking at a Funeral
Public speaking is really hard for most of us. Speaking at a funeral, when emotions are heightened, can feel even more...
Why I Don’t Have My Father’s Name Tattooed on My Body
A few weeks after my father died, long after the funeral and shiva were over, it hit me that my dad was really gone. Since I...
My Priceless Pink Plastic Rollers
Hidden in the back of my closet is a yellowing plastic bag filled with AquaNet-crusted, faded pink, partially broken hair...
4 Tips for Talking to Children About Death
For many parents, talking with children about death is a daunting task. Death is a scary topic for a lot of us, and we want...
How to Plan a Jewish Funeral
The task of planning a funeral often falls on the younger generation: children plan funerals for their parents; adult...
Why Do We Have Funerals?
It's traditional to have a funeral or memorial service when someone dies. But why? What purpose does a funeral serve? Check...
Coimetrophobia, or Fear of Cemeteries
Coimetrophobia is the official term for a fear of cemeteries. This word doesn’t describe those who have a mere dislike of...
Grandma Ida's Nut Cookies
Last year, I was getting my MBA in London. There, I met Oded, a pastry chef from Israel, who would become a dear friend to...
Obit for Gus The Polar Bear
Bear—Augustus. Peacefully entered into eternal hibernation at his home on Tuesday after brief yet courageous battle with...
Introducing Elizabeth Meyer
“I don’t know what I want to do, but I do know that I will never wear a suit to work.” At the time, I wasn’t lying when I...
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