Category: Newsletter Articles

  • The Grim Reader Reports

    Those Obits: “Died” and “passed away” remain the most frequent obituary verbs, but a reader sent in a new one: “breathed her last”. We also saw some open-ended ‘in lieu of flowers’ requests to give to; “a charity of your choice”, “educate children”, “promote the arts” or “take a moment to enjoy the melody of…

  • Cremation English Style

    by Patricia Carr On September first, 2013, my father, age 100, died in Yeovil, Somerset, a pretty county town where he and my mother had lived for close on thirty years until my mother died in 2005. Both parents had opted for cremation, and on each occasion it was conducted by a funeral home at…

  • Did You Know?

    Is embalming required? NO. It is not required for either cremation or for burial. Funeral homes may have “policies” requiring embalming for viewings or funerals with the body present, but there are no laws requiring this. Funeral homes may urge embalming if burial is delayed, but refrigeration is a viable alternative. Cremation and Immediate Burial…

  • Fall-Winter 2008: A Priceless Gift

    by Valerie Friedman I believe that it is our responsibility to our loved ones to prepare what is referred to as a “letter of final instruction”. It provides someone who would have to step into our shoes with all the information they need to handle our affairs if we are unable to do so, because…

  • Fall-Winter 2008: My Parents’ Funerals: Then and Now

    by George Schmidt My father died in 1962 when I was 16 years old. He had married late in life, had very little insurance and was receiving a small pension which was immediately stopped by his former employer. He left his widow, my brother who was a first classman (senior) at the United States Naval…