Burial Plot

A Funeral for the Forgotten

May 28, 2015

Most of us have been to a funeral. Let’s admit that some funerals are better than others.

There are those services that manage to capture the life of a loved one with personal touches and stories that embrace the essence of someone’s time on earth.  Some feel like there’s a disconnect between those speaking, the person who died, and the community of family and friends that have gathered to pay their last respects. Some have memorable eulogies, while others do not. 

Another Ferry Ride Before The Burial

January 31, 2014

One thing people rarely, if ever, think about is what happens when the one and only funeral home on any given island (this one happens to be located 30 miles out to sea), closes its doors and terminates its service to the island community forever.  Several newspapers  in December 2013 heralded the story of what would become of those who happened to die while they are either visiting, vacationing, or are permanent residents of Nantucket Island- also known as the "Grey Lady".

Funeral Flowers

July 12, 2013

People agree that your wedding should be beautiful.

We celebrate weddings with fragrant, colorful flowers that are cheerful and abundant. 

Why shouldn't your funeral or memorial service be the same? 

Flowers represent so many emotions and mark many different occassions:  Celebrations, birthdays, joy, grief, love, sickness, forgiveness, remorse, and empathy.  Loved ones pay their respect often with flowers as an expression of sympathy.

Pet Cemetery

May 24, 2013

Do you own, or have ever owned,  a dog or dogs?  If so, this will stir strong feelings about your furry family member who loved you unconditionally. Friday was a tough day in our house.  Lucy, our "bad" yellow labrador, was going to be 15 in July.  Nelli, our Cairn Terrier (age 5) grew up thinking this larger yellow family member was her mother.  After all, they shared everything together.  Beds, treats, and "their people"-us. Lucy had what appears to have been a stroke.

Carpe Diem

February 22, 2013

Carpe Diem is a phrase uttered many times by both my parents for many years. It is also one repeated in our home and is inscribed in my wedding band. Aptly, it is the inscription we chose to engrave on the gravestone that marks our family burial plot in our town's cemetery, boldly marking the sunny spot where both of my in-laws are now buried.

No Vacancy

November 26, 2012

Several years ago, my beloved Aunt Leticia died suddenly and was buried next to her husband in a quaint cemetery plot on Nantucket Island on a very stormy afternoon. For whatever reason, I started thinking about where I might want to be buried. This had never before been a topic of conversation at the dinner table.

Thanks Boo

November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving is a special holiday. Besides the great joy derived from gathering family members together  for a scrumptious  feast,  channel surfing between football games and the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade on TV, and, in our family, many rounds of competitive ping-pong matches, it is a time to reflect upon being grateful for each other and for giving to others who may be less fortunate.

Ashes to Ashes

October 26, 2012

Now here's a topic not many people want to talk about. But, of course I do. The importance of communicating whether you want to be buried or cremated is first and foremost. This is not a decision that can be reversed.

I read recently about how urns full of ashes are stacked up in the closets of funeral homes uncollected. Here are some thoughts as to why that may happen.

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