For Some, It Never Ends

“We just got a death call and you’ll never guess who it is,” my manager told me. “Remember that lady who came in a few weeks ago when her son got murdered?” “Yeah, I remember her! Did she get murdered too?” “No. Her other son shot himself.” Oh. I believe there are limits to what…


Remembering Logan

I barely knew my cousin Logan. I remember meeting her when I was about seven or eight. She was just a toddler and she used to chase my brother around and annoy him. Logan grew up in Drain, Oregon; the town in which I was born. I had no contact with her at all growing…


Inconvenience

The most disturbing thing to me about attitudes toward death today is the idea that it must be convenient. This is the reason for funeral webcasting, delayed interment and “we’ll just have the memorial in the Spring when everyone is here.” Why isn’t everyone here now? Someone died. Stop what you are doing right now….


Something To Revere

Why do we revere the dead? When you’re pissed off, don’t go online. WRITE. Online you will only find more stuff to piss you off. A fellow mortician posted a picture that nearly all of us will recognize as one of the most fear-inducing situations we face at work: a rubber tube with a kink…


Just In Case You Want An Expensive Funeral

A response to prolific funeral blogger Caleb Wilde. Here is a boring post about funeral costs and how to cut expenses…if you want. http://www.calebwilde.com/2014/11/going-out-like-a-boss-eight-things-you-need-for-an-very-expensive-funeral/ There is no limit to what you can spend on your funeral. The most expensive casket you will see in a funeral home showroom might run as high as $10,000 depending…


The Worst Thing I Have Ever Seen

Everyone wants to know. No one wants to know about my best day on the job; about times when I really came through for someone or went far above and beyond or made old Mrs. Jones smile when she saw that I remembered to put the teddy bear in the casket. They want to hear…