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Eulogies

Issue 36.16

Many times I have been asked why we do certain things in the funeral or memorial process.

While some parts of the funeral ritual may be seen as just tradition or “We have always just done it that way”, there are some powerful reasons why we do what we do.

The […]

The Stars And Stripes

Issue 30.16

During the recent 4th of July celebration in St. George I sat and pondered on the evening’s events. The pledge of allegiance was recited, the national anthem was sung, small U.S. flags were passed out and were being waved and an impressive array of “bombs bursting in air” capped off the […]

Remembering Fathers

Issue 25.16

“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.” Mark Twain

June is the month we celebrate and honor […]

Memorial Day

Issue 20.16

At a recent service for a military veteran I again reflected on the sacrifices made by so many to preserve our American way of life. I thought how awesome it is that we take the time to perform the honor guard with playing of Taps and the gun salute to honor […]

A Community of Service

Issue 15.16

Recently I was browsing through a trade publication for funeral directors and found myself reading through the obituaries of many old time morticians from around the country. I am not sure if there are any of you out there like me, who find that reading a short synopsis of a person’s […]

The Funeral Business

Issue 10.16

A newly widowed woman was discussing with her friend the expenses involved with her husband’s funeral. She explained that her husband had a $50,000 life insurance policy and the funeral, burial plots and related expenses cost $12,000. She then told her friend the remaining funds she spent on a memorial stone. […]

My View On Why We View

Issue 5.16

What do you call 6 guys at a funeral that are upset that the deceased looks better than they do?

Answer: Appalled Bearers!

One of the questions that we get asked often at Hughes Mortuary is about viewings and why we have them. Some may feel a viewing is archaic and […]

2016-Are You Prepared?

Issue 52.15

Hughes Mortuary wishes you a Merry Christmas and a happy, safe and prosperous new year. As I write this article the Holiday Season has rapidly reached its crescendo and the New Year will soon begin.

Like many of you I find myself thinking about a New Year’s Resolution. Through my mind […]

Helping Yourself Heal During The Holiday Season

Issue 47.15

The holiday season is upon us and this is such a fun and magical time of year for many of us. The holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends and enjoy a little needed time off work if possible. Some of us look forward to this time of […]

Introducing Hughes Mortuary

Issue 42.15

As a new contributor to the Senior Sampler I would like to take this opportunity to introduce us and a little of our philosophy. When faced with the death of a loved one or pre-planning for yourself, you will be making many decisions, one of which is what mortuary you will […]