Author Archives: Michael


About Michael

I started working for O’Connor Mortuary in December of 2012. At first I was working as a part-time service assistant just as a second job, but soon I found that I had fallen in love with process of a memorial service and the staff I work with. I was recently hired to a full-time position, and I'm now a Service Director. On my time off I enjoy playing softball, disc golf, and spending time with friends.

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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Learning from my Four Fathers

Four Fathers I get a haunting pit in my stomach now when Father’s Day approaches. Don’t get me wrong, I love the holiday, but working at a mortuary puts a twist on how you see special days like these. Every … Continue reading

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Stubborn Love | The Power of Lyrics

“Its better to feel pain, than nothing at all. The opposite of love is indifference.”   It was around 10:30 on a Wednesday night, and there I was, driving out to Laguna Hills to bring someone who had passed away … Continue reading

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Put Me In The Corner: Brawling with Grief

Imagine for a moment that you are a professional strike artist. A master of the body shot, and a prolific producer of the “right hook”.  You’re fast, strong, and calculating. Anybody who has ever stepped in the ring with you … 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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