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Green Burials – Dying To Be Green

A Green Burial is the way our ancestors used to be buried. A natural burial, the body is not embalmed, it is placed in the ground in a biodegradable shroud or a pine box casket. It may be possible to have some type of marker or perhaps there is no marker. The best...

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What is a Funeral Celebrant?

I am a Certified Funeral Celebrant and graduate of the Celebrant Foundation and Institute. The process to become a Celebrant is very professional and personal. First, I submitted an application to apply. After acceptance, I was interviewed over the phone by someone at...

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Country Band Plays at a Celebration of Life

“My husband Ray, played guitar in a Country Band.  The entire band is going to be there to play at his Celebration of Life. Our daughter Courtney is taking it pretty hard and would like to play with them for one song. She was “Daddy’s Girl”.  It’s going to be sad, we...

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Dogs at a Funeral

Do dogs and other animals mourn the death of their owner? The short answer is, “Yes, they experience grief and depression just like humans.”   When Jasper’s “Dog Mom” died, he did not eat for several days and kept circling the bed where she passed away after a short...

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How to Write an Obituary – Part 2

Take the facts you gathered in the previous Blog Post on How to Write An Obituary – Part I and create a short story with them. One of the best ways to craft a story is to read other Obituaries that tell a story. Take bits and pieces from each one and you will start...

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How to Write an Obituary – Part 1

I’ve been reading Obituaries since I was about 12 and love to learn about people’s life stories. If it was someone I knew, I would often read out loud to anyone who would listen, “Did you know that Mr. Wiggins was a medic in the Army before he became a Veterinarian?...

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A Cop, Thief, Safecracker and Prison Inmate

Grant planned his own funeral. His wish was that his wife of 30+ years be happy, smiling and laughing with her friends at his funeral. He asked that it be a “Celebration of his Life” so that is what we are creating together today. He mentioned about his spirit coming...

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Dads, Death and Duck Farts

If we could describe our Dad (Carl) in one word it would be “funny”. He had the best sense of humor of anyone we know and mostly it was appropriate. Even when it was inappropriate he always got a laugh. He enjoyed seeing people laugh until they cried so this is...

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Celebration of Life for a Redheaded Artist

Lauren had striking, spiky red hair with sparkling emerald green eyes. You could spot that radiant red hair in any crowd. She was a brilliant, talented watercolor artist.  It seemed fitting to have her Celebration of Life in the Art Gallery where her paintings hung on...

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A Rocky Mountain High Funeral

It was a cloudy, rainy day in Denver as I walked toward the mortuary chapel to officiate a service for a stubborn, troubled and complex man. Tom, aka “Tiny” chose to end his life. The smell of marijuana hung in the air outside and also inside as I entered the front...

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