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I'm a sixth generation funeral director. I have a grad degree in Missional Theology and a Certification in Thanatology.
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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.
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.
Here is the original photo:
Here is Reddit’s beautiful response:
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.”
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?
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This list was crowd sourced at The Huffington Post.
Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
La Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina
San Michele Cemetery, Venice, Italy
Hollywood Forever, Hollywood, California
Highgate Cemetery, London
Pierce Brothers Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles
Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Forest Lawn Mausoleum, Glendale, California
Ferncliff Cemetery, Hartsdale, New York
Old Granary Burying Ground, Boston
Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York
Golders Green Crematorium, London
Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York
Tikhvin Cemetery, Alexander Nevsky Monastery, St. Petersburg, Russia
Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, Eire
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