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“Failing To Plan” = “Planning To Fail”

Issue 4.17

More than 70 percent of adults avoid preparing for end of life realities. They don’t have wills, trusts, advanced medical directives or preneed funeral planning in place before there’s a death in the family.

Most people never “plan to fail, they simply fail to plan” There are many reasons to plan […]

Making Friends With Death:

Issue 35.16

In 1923, Rilke wrote, “Death is our friend, precisely because it brings us into absolute and passionate presence with all that is here, that is natural, that is love.” But in twenty-first century America, it is rare to meet someone on friendly terms with death. It is the outcome that we […]

Why Do Hearses Have S-Shaped Scrolls Where The Back Windows Should Be?

Issue 19.16

Those diagonal irons on the rear quarter panel of hearses are called “landau bars.” They are purely decorative today, but they once served a purpose and are now in place as a nod to history.

The landau carriage was invented in Germany in the mid-18th century. Lightweight and suspended on elliptical […]

6 Tips On Funeral Etiquette

Issue 9.16

Over the past 24 years working as a funeral director I have seen many changes in the way people handle the passing of a loved one. When I first began my career serving families here in Washington County, the media age had not yet taken hold; it seemed that people had […]

An Interesting Funeral

Issue 41.15

One day all the employees of a very unusual company reached their office and all saw a big sign on the main door which said this . . .

‘Yesterday, the person who has been hindering your growth in this company passed away. We invite you to join the funeral in […]

Have I Planned Enough?

Issue 26.15

Question: Are there benefits to setting aside funds for my funeral ahead of time? The answer is yes. By planning now, it may spare your family the financial burden of paying for your funeral when you die. Decisions about who is responsible for paying and where the money will come from […]

Consumer Tips On Prepaying For A Funeral:… Planning Ahead

Issue 16.15

The wisdom to plan ahead has been preached for decades. It is especially true when it comes to planning for one’s death. Funeral Pre-Planning has been around for years and has saved many families, the financial and emotional toll that losing a loved one can bring. Each person must be diligent […]

Gifts

Issue 5.15

Twenty years ago my family and I moved from California to St. George in order to work for Metcalf Mortuary as a pre-need advisor. After approximately 6 years of a very good working relationship, I was offered a job with the Huntsman Senior games as the Sports Director. Since I have […]

Sharing Traditions And Memories… Memorialization

Issue 51.14

What a wonderful time of the year, we just completed Thanksgiving and as we receive the Christmas Season. It truly is a time to reflect on the past year, spend time with family, friends, and loved ones. I have fond memories of my childhood and the joy Christmas Time brought to […]

How Do You Honor People? – Part 2

Issue 42.14

Part 2

He was in the hospital and just recovering having gone through the chemo and he said sure. I just didn’t know if I would get there fast enough. I called him back and used a free conference calling line, which you can Google and find that allows you to […]