What do Walmart and Funeral Service Corporations Have in Common?

Originally Published on Funeralization & Chaplain Services Walmart-type funeral services and how they nickel-and-dime the bereaved while falling short of providing meaning and hope. Most of the Walmart-type funeral chains are, like Walmart, impossibly large. When I use the term “Walmart” I mean any operation that is a chain of oversized superstores mostly found in…

Join us at the New Blog: Funeralization & Chaplain Services

Funeralization & Chaplain Services You are invited to visit, follow and participate in this new specialist blog dedicated to funeral and memorial services, the important but frequently overlooked role of the interfaith bereavement chaplain,  and many other funeralization and deathcare topics. This new blog will share with its readers a plethora of information on the funeral…

Lessons we can learn from Monty Python’s Holy Grail

There is a great deal to be said about our healthcare and deathcare industries in the US, they are similar in many respects and exhibit similar functional flaws in a general sense. In the humanectomized materialist consumerism driven culture in which we live, the corporations have reduced most of us to human means to a…

The Editor Responds

Dear Readers: With permission from the publisher and the author, I recently republished an article of interest from the Smalbany blog and retitled it on this blog, “Know more about your funeral director and funeral home!” I found the article interesting, relevant and topical and completely compatible with this blog’s purpose. I continue to be…

When the funeral home doesn’t offer an essential service…

Whether they deserve the criticism or not, funeral directors and funeral homes sometimes get some very bad press or we read some devastating review of a funeral service written by persons who expected, needed more than what they got on the price list. Why is that, you might ask yourselves, when you feel you covered…

Know more about your funeral director and funeral home!

Welcome! We’d like to welcome our many readers from the Kansas area. Thank you for your interest! Prologue As this story unfolded, I pondered whether it would be worthwhile to publish an editorial on the general impact of the events. Ultimately, considering the importance of the subject matter as a cultural topic and its downstream…

Let’s Take Back Our Humanity!

The Internet is literally crawling with people who have reinvented themselves from pitiful loners to supreme gurus of life, death and everything in and around those two great mysteries. On the one hand you have to admire them for their capacity to make real their fantasies and virtual lifestyles but on the other hand you have…

Bereaved and Their Caregivers Need Self-care

Good News from Another Site Life is Full of Stress; Most People Would Benefit from Some Self-care and Retreat If you don’t take care of your hands when you are doing heavy or hard work in the yard, you get blisters. If you do that kind of work regularly, your hands become rough, callused and insensitive….

Pitiful Pundits: Sites that Spread Misiniformation

Summary: The deluge of information that floods us today from myriad “providers” on the Internet is the source of enormous confusion and misinformation. This misinformation affects not only the lay person but the professional as well. The most nefarious of these sources of confusion and misinformation affect those suffering at life’s transitions, points of existential…

The Wounded Beast

The vast majority of bereaved persons and families, whom I have been blessed and privileged to serve over the years, are serenely grateful for the authenticity, openness, genuine compassion, and care that go into the personalized services I create for them. I consider my professional activities to be more of a vocation, a special calling,…

September Schedule for the RCS Community Library

We’re continuing Thanatology Café in September and picking up the program with new discussions and video presentations on dying, death, grief, mourning, and other death-related topics. Thanatology Café is a great venue for clergy, healthcare professionals, funeral service providers, and the general public, anyone who is interested in death-related topics. Where the conversation is about death…