Monthly Archives: July 2013

Getting To The Heart of Designing The Perfect Grave Marker

I began my career with O’Connor Mortuary at precisely the right time. My boss, Neil O’Connor, is an idea man and to my benefit, one of his better ideas was that all of our orders for grave markers should be … Continue reading

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Diversity in Death: Lessons Learned from A Giant, 2 Families, and a Hare Krishna

Diversity is a constant in life. It teaches us how to be flexible under stress, to appreciate ourselves and each other. Diversity tells us that it’s OK to be curious and ask questions, to live and let live. Diversity isn’t … Continue reading

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“Man Up”: Re-Defining How Men Grieve

“Man Up”: Re-Defining How Men Grieve   There is a scene in a movie I wish to describe. Two men are walking on a baseball diamond towards home plate on a setting sun in Iowa. One of the men bends … Continue reading

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Why Did You Become an Embalmer?: An Interview with Joanna

An interview with our Care Center Manager and Assistant General Manager, Joanna Ramirez:   – How long have you worked for O’Connor Mortuary? I have been here at O’Connor since 2006. – When did you first learn about embalming?  I … Continue reading

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Gettysburg: Haunting Me Still

Gettysburg: Haunting Me Still While many of you will be celebrating the 4th of July tomorrow, tonight, at my house, there will be a small gathering of people to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Ok, so … Continue reading

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