Caleb Wilde

Caleb Wilde

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I'm a sixth generation funeral director. I have a grad degree in Missional Theology and a Certification in Thanatology.

And I like to read and write.

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The Green Burial of Lorrie Otto



Lorrie Otto - godmother of natural landscaping movement

Lorrie Otto

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll know that I believe in Green Burial for both sustainability and philosophical reasons.

One of the philosophical reasons is that it allows family and friends to touch death more intimately by taking the funeral and burial responsibility away from the “professionals” (me) and placing those responsibilities in the hands of the bereaved.

Most of us have an imaginative or experiential idea of what a “traditional” burial looks like; but few of us have a mental image of what a green burial looks like.  The following eight photos are of Lorrie Otto’s green burial.  Lorrie was an environmentalist in life and death.  These photos are reposted with the permission of the Green Burial Council.











Father asks internet to edit this photo of his late baby daughter

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Reddit, it is a very active community-run social network.  Users submit content and other users interact with said content.

On Sunday, a father asked this of the Reddit community:    1



Here is the original photo:


Here is Reddit’s beautiful response:

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Mr Steffel concluded (the father): “I just wanted a picture and what I received was a lot of wonderful drawings and pictures. I couldn’t be happier.”


Ten Reasons to Date a Funeral Director

Today’s guest post is by Lelial Thibodeau:

10. A funeral director knows how to stretch a dollar so far beyond capacity that extreme couponers would be seething with envy.

9. Funeral directors can get any stain out of any fabric.

8. Funeral directors understand the importance of paperwork. In triplicate. And filling it out is just par for the course. Tax season doesn’t compare to corporate budgetary reviews.

7. A funeral director is meticulously clean. From an unwelcome speck of dust on the end table to a mortifying bit of grit underneath near-perfectly manicured nails (this applies to the women and the men).

6. Have you ever not introduced a current flame to your family because you’re afraid your kin’s special brand of crazy will scare off any potential mate?

A funeral director is like a “crazy person whisperer.” They have to be just to get anything done. Bring on the monster in-laws.

5. A funeral director can’t be grossed out. Ever. There is literally nothing you could show one that would churn the contents of his stomach. This applies to noxious odours as well, so snag yourself a funeral director and feel at ease passing gas whenever the urge hits. They’ve smelled worse.

A lot worse.

4. Funeral directors are masters of illusion. Need to impress your boss at a dinner party? Stage your home for sale? Conceal something from your parents until you’re ready to deal, or the issue has been resolved? A funeral director thrives under one credo: Smoke and mirrors.

3. A funeral director understands how important it is to live for today, but plan meticulously for the future.

2. A funeral director is an expert at burying secrets. Yours are not as bad as you think they are, and the funeral director’s training ensures that your skeletons not only stay in their closet, but that the closet is sealed in a concrete vault under 8 feet of dirt and the paperwork has been properly “sanitized.”

1. A funeral director knows how to give you a delicious, full-body, invigorating massage that gets your circulation working overtime and leaves you feeling, well, like you’ve risen from the dead. How did we acquire this particular skill?

Don’t ask.


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20 Ornate Hearses


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19 Historic Cemeteries

This list was crowd sourced at The Huffington Post.

Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris
At Père Lachaise, visitors pay homage at the graves of Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, and Marcel Proust, among many others.


Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

The resting place of our country’s military heroes, Arlington National Cemetery is a revered site.


La Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina

This cemetery is notable not just for the tomb of Eva Perón, but for its interesting layout and grand mausoleum architecture.


San Michele Cemetery, Venice, Italy

This island graveyard is home to the grave sites of Ezra Pound, Igor Stravinsky, Joseph Brodsky, and more.


Hollywood Forever, Hollywood, California

Rudolph Valentino, Johnny Ramone, and Jayne Mansfield are among the many celebrities resting at Hollywood Forever.


Highgate Cemetery, London
London’s Highgate Cemetery holds the remains of, among others, George Eliot, Karl Marx, and Christina Rossetti.


Pierce Brothers Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles

At this L.A. cemetery, you can visit the graves of celebrities from Truman Capote to Eva Gabor.


Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Isabella Stewart Gardner, and Oliver Wendell Holmes are among the many famous historic figures buried at this picturesque Cambridge cemetery.


Forest Lawn Mausoleum, Glendale, California

Glendale’s Forest Lawn is the resting place of many of the Hollywood greats and, most recently, Michael Jackson.


Ferncliff Cemetery, Hartsdale, New York

Malcolm X, Thelonious Monk, Judy Garland, Jim Henson, and Christopher Reeve, among many others, rest in this Westchester County cemetery.


Old Granary Burying Ground, Boston

Here, visitors may pay their respects at the tombstones of Declaration of Independence signer Samuel Adams and Revolutionary War hero Paul Revere, among other historical figures.


Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and Leonard Bernstein are among the many notable figures buried in this expansive Brooklyn cemetery.


Golders Green Crematorium, London

Golders Green contains the remains of important figures as varied as Sigmund Freud, Marc Bolan, Anna Pavlova, and Neville Chamberlain.


Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York

Duke Ellington, Celia Cruz, Herman Melville, and Joseph Pulitzer, among many other famous figures, rest here.




Tikhvin Cemetery, Alexander Nevsky Monastery, St. Petersburg, Russia


This beautiful cemetery is home to the graves of, among other notable cultural figures, Tchaikovsky and Dostoyevsky.


Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, Eire

Also called Prospect Cemetery opened in 1832 and final resting place for Michael Collins


Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston

Among the buried here are poets Anne Sexton, E.E. Cummings, playwright Eugene O’neill, suffragist Lucy Stone and abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison



Sleepy Hollow, Concord, MA

Burial ground for famous New England authors such as Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Nathanial Hawthorne.18

 Staglieno cemetery

The Ribaudo family tomb at Italy’s Staglieno cemetery, made famous by Joy Division’s cover for “Love Will Tear Us Apart” 19

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