Handling the Holidays: Adjusting to the Loss

  For some of you, this is not the first holiday where you will be missing people you love. You “survived” the holidays last year but maybe just barely. Perhaps you feel like you can’t get in the spirit of … Continue reading

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25 Years + 1 Mortuary = A Career of Meaning

Monday, December 1st, marked the 25th Work-iversary of Jeff Turner, our Chief Administrative Officer! Feeling that this event merited more than a celebratory lunch, speech and many “Congratulations,” we decided a blog was in order. We have all pooled together … Continue reading

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Deleting “Shoulds” from Your Grief Vocabulary

One of the most problematic phrases in our culture’s grief vocabulary are the words, “You shouldn’t be … (fill in the blank with whatever makes them uncomfortable).” In general, our human nature is uneasy around sadness or any deep emotional … Continue reading

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Laughing About Tombstones: Living in Focus

Last week, at one of our workshops, we were asked to take a minute to think about and write down our epitaph. We were told that we could include the year we wanted to die (why not?) and were reminded … Continue reading

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Why You Should Know About Hospice

  When hospice nurses were asked, what hospice is to them, they wrote the following: – Hospice is Being There – Hospice is Wishes Respected – Hospice is Having a choice to be home – Hospice is Telling the truth, … Continue reading

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An Interview with a Cancer Patient: Kori and Breast Cancer

  I’ve known Kori for a LONG time. Her story is one that can only be described as miraculous on steroids. For a long time Kori’s story was drug addiction, alcoholism, theft, and prison. Change began happening in her and … Continue reading

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How to Talk to Grieving People … Never Saying “At Least…”

Last month I wrote about the power of responding to people in grief with memories. So many of us don’t know what to say to a grieving person and even if we do manage to say something as simple as … Continue reading

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Taking the Urn Out of the Closet

A short story: Mary spent that last 3 years of her life in an Alzheimer’s home. As the memory of her friends and family faded from her mind, so the number of her visitors dwindled down to just one; her … Continue reading

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“I Remember” || What to Say About 9/11 & Grief

  For a person in grief, there are almost no two sweeter words than, “I remember …” Those two words begin stories, spark memories, open old joys, and bring feelings back to us with blazing clarity. On a day like … Continue reading

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When Our Heroes Die: Grieving On-Screen Strangers

  It has been a terrible year. I have a background in theatre and I tended to compete with the actors I saw on stage or screen, wondering how or if the “job” could be better. Three of my theatre/acting/film … Continue reading

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