Suicide

Posted on January 17th, 2020
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As funeral directors, our saddest cases often center around the death of a child. But we are equally affected when death is self-inflicted. Suicide is a serious public health problem in the United States, which affects people of all ages. In fact, nearly 800,000 people die by suicide in the world each year, which is roughly one death every 40 […]

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Fear of Death

Posted on January 10th, 2020
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A new Amy Adams movie centers around the common yet somewhat irrational fear of entering open or crowded spaces or even simply leaving the house, agoraphobia. But thousands of people suffer from a lesser known but equally alarming phobia, the fear of death, AKA Thanatophobia. While many, if not most, people are afraid to die, people […]

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Grief-Busting Tips

Posted on December 30th, 2019
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If you lost someone you love in 2019, you may be relieved to usher in the start of a new year. But, at the same time, celebrating anything without the one who died may tie your stomach in knots. Closing the door on beloved traditions may help with closure but might leave you feeling out […]

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How to Be Thankful in the Midst of Grief: 10 Ideas

Posted on November 23rd, 2019
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Whether your loved one died near this holiday or in years past, the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day can be a trying time for anyone who has experienced loss. In last week’s blog post, we discussed ways to process grief during the holidays. We offered suggestions for navigating the period between November and […]

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Thanksgiving Grief

Posted on November 13th, 2019
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The holidays often cause even emotionally healthy people to falter. So, is it any wonder that people who have recently lost a loved one to death struggle between the months of November through January? With so many memories tied to the deceased, people who are actively grieving often tell us they wish they could go […]

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Your Funeral Your Way

Posted on October 21st, 2019
Posted by Manny Godoy under Burial, Coffins, Death, Funerals, Pre-Planning, Uncategorized
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Burger King launched a memorable commercial campaign in 1976. You may remember the jingle? “Hold the pickle. Hold the lettuce. Special orders don’t upset us. All we ask is that you let us have it your way.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJMsFGH4eoQ Your Funeral, Have it Your Way The same could be said for the way we approach funeral […]

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Afterlife: What Happens When You Die

Posted on October 8th, 2019
Posted by Manny Godoy under Afterlife, Burial, Death, End-Of-Life, Mortuary
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Existential questions have plagued mankind since the days of Adam and Eve. Working in the funeral industry, we often encounter people who wonder what happens after death. Of course, answers to the question are often tied to religious and philosophical beliefs. While we can unequivocally explain what happens to your body scientifically and practically when […]

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6 Things to Know about Funeral Etiquette  

Posted on September 25th, 2019
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All too often, funerals depress most people. In many cases, the atmosphere is sad and dark. While families and friends of the deceased reel over their loss, other mourners huddle on the sidelines, wondering what they should say and do. In a culture where death is treated like an uninvited dinner guest, many funeral attendees […]

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The Science of Mortuary Science

Posted on September 13th, 2019
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Mortuary science is the study of deceased bodies through work typically done at a mortuary. The term most often applies to a college curriculum in the United States which prepares students for careers as morticians or funeral directors. Many who take the coursework also study the related field of embalming. Some states require funeral directors apply as […]

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The Importance of Closure

Posted on August 27th, 2019
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Nothing is as final as death. Unfortunately, however, grieving family members and friends often struggle to come to grips with the finality of their loved one’s passing. Left to pick up the pieces and find the strength to move on, many fail to face the permanent nature of their loss. Denial is, after all, the […]

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Reconstruction

Posted on August 16th, 2019
Posted by Manny Godoy under Body Reconstruction, Burial, Caskets, Cremation, Death, Embalming, Funerals
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In the 1972 classic movie, The Godfather, Vito Corleone calls upon an undertaker who owes him a favor following the startlingly traumatic shooting death of his son, Sonny. “Look what they did to my son,” he cries, imploring the mortician to work magic so Sonny’s funeral could include an open casket. As far-fetched as it may […]

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The 5 Best Buried Alive Movies

Posted on August 6th, 2019
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A common fear many people have about death is that they’ll be buried alive. Television shows, books and movies reinforce the false narrative that this occurs often. Story lines convince us that our chances of experiencing the living nightmare are much greater than reality confirms. History of Vivisepulture Known in the industry as “premature burial,” […]

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