Matthew Gillies @m-gillies ?

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"~Life’s a Grave & I Dig It~" · View
  • Thumbnail How do you want to be remembered? Feature obituaries that tell the story of your life are on their way to becoming more popular than the more factual traditional obituary. Feature obituaries are becoming a popular new style in story writing. Where a typical obituary is straightforward and factual, feature obituaries add depth and character [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Spirit Houses in the Land of Smiles   1 month, 1 week ago · View

    Thumbnail Spirit Houses can be found at homes, businesses and even on the side of roads in Thailand to appease spirit and bring more good luck to the living. Just as Japan is home of millions of spirits, Thailand is equally as overrun with ghosts. Known as LOS for Land of Smiles , due to the welcoming smiles [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: The Funeral Rites of the Presbyterian Church   1 month, 3 weeks ago · View

    Thumbnail The Presbyterian religion was founded in the 16th century and has more than 325 years of history in America. The Fairfield Presbyterian Church in NJ is the oldest Presbyterian Church in American, established in 1680. Basing their theology on the majesty of God, and claiming His essence is truth, will and purpose, the Presbyterian Church [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: How Did the Horror of Death Become Art?   2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Art Macabre has been around for centuries. From Albrecht Drurer’s The Knight, Death and the Devil – 1513 to H.R. Gigers’s sculpture the Birth Machine – 1967, macabre symbols of death are prevalent in their art. The depiction of decapitated heads in paintings, the photographs of severed limbs, the usage of ashes and blood in [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: A Tale of Two Bloody Marys   2 months, 2 weeks ago · View

    Thumbnail Queen Mary I and Mary Worth were both known as Bloody Mary and their legends inspired the vodka and tomato juice drink of the same name. Here’s what is needed: 1-1/2 ounces of Queen Mary I, 3 ounces of Mary Worth, 1 dash of black arts, 1/2 tsp of folklore, 3 drops of the name Bloody [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Life Beyond The Groove   2 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    Thumbnail Vinyl’s making a comeback in the afterlife too. For any audiophile, music is the soundtrack of life – for And Vinyly, a UK-based company, the question was posed, “When the album that is life finally reaches the end, wouldn’t it be nice to keep that record spinning for eternity?” With the newest focus in memorial [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: The Poppy, A Symbol of Peace and Remembrance   5 months, 1 week ago · View

    Thumbnail The poppy has been known as a symbol of remembrance since Moina Michael of the US began wearing an artificial one in 1918. The war was devastating. Sixty-five million soldiers from allied countries (Serbia, the Russian Empire, France, Belgium, Japan, Italy, Romania, United States, Brazil, Greece, Montenegro, Portugal, the British Empire and her Commonwealth countries [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: A History of Hallowe’en   5 months, 2 weeks ago · View

    Thumbnail The custom of carving pumpkins originated with the Irish who carved turnips into faces to scare lost souls away. Toeing the line between fall and winter, plenty and scarcity, life and death, Hallowe’en is that secular holiday that has long combined the vestiges of traditional harvest festival celebrations with the customs of folkloric tales of [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Tales of my Demise are Greatly Exaggerated   5 months, 2 weeks ago · View

    Thumbnail In 1907 after being reported lost at sea by the New York Times, author Mark Twain got the chance, as few people do, to write a rebuttal to the second report of his premature death. “I will make an exhaustive investigation of this report that I have been lost at sea.” he said. Aside from [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Lions Club Memorial Service Rites   5 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    Thumbnail The Lions Club Bridge, found outside many clubs is a symbol for International Friendship and Cooperation. Lions Clubs all over the world honor their members with a special service when they pass away. Since 1917 the Lions Club has been a longstanding secular service organization with over 45,500 clubs in 205 countries around the world. [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Royal Canadian Legion Funeral Service Rites   6 months, 1 week ago · View

    Thumbnail  Member of the Royal Canadian Legion saluting during a service. During the time of a death, the Royal Canadian Legion is present to support the family and to honor the departed comrade. As such, it is imperative that the clergy understand the symbolism of the Legion Tribute, while the Legion members are aware and understand [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: The American Legion Memorial Service   6 months, 2 weeks ago · View

    Thumbnail Folding the American flag over a cremation urn at an American Legion memorial service. The American Legion has, since its inception in 1919, performed thousands of burial ceremonies annually for families. As such, it has become a sacred obligation of all Americans to honor the deceased veterans by performing these timely honored duties in the [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: The Viatical Life Settlement, A Benefit to Terminally Ill   6 months, 2 weeks ago · View

    Thumbnail A viatical life settlement allows people who are terminally ill to sell their life insurance policy before they die in order to receive cash to pay for their care or to use to enjoy the time they have left. In the simplest terms, viatical life settlements are the speculation of death in which, the longer [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: The Ritual of the Wake   6 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    Thumbnail Irish wakes used to take place in the home of the deceased but the practice has largely died out today. From a highly reputable source, a WAKE, as a verb is known as stopping or causing someone to stop sleeping or to bring to life as well as to realize. Linguistically, the word wake is [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: The Legend and the Controversy Surrounding the Rainbow Bridge Poem   6 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    Thumbnail  “You look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet so long gone from you… and you cross the Rainbow Bridge together” Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When a pet that has been especially close to a person here on earth dies that pet goes to the Rainbow [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Yahrzeit Candles – Observances and Symbolism of Remembrance   6 months, 4 weeks ago · View

    Thumbnail These memorial candles are lit in remembrance of the six million Jews who were lost during the Holocaust. Any candle that can remain alight for 24 hours can be used as a yahrzeit candle. Throughout many cultures, fire has represented many things to many people. From its illumination and enlightenment, destruction and renewal, spirituality and [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Masonic Funeral Rites   7 months ago · View

    Thumbnail During a Masonic funeral service, the Three Great Lights – the Bible, square and compass may be used and are placed on a stand in front of the casket. “A man is obliged by his tenure, to obey the moral law; and if he rightly understands the art, he will never be an atheist nor [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Discussing Death with Family   7 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Let your family know how you want your life celebrated while you are alive and well to avoid misunderstandings after your are gone. Talking about death, it’s a subject and discussion, which many people tend to avoid. It’s not because it isn’t something that is important to talk about. In fact, pre-arranging and planning one’s [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Cremations for Pet Companions   7 months, 1 week ago · View

    Thumbnail Pets are companions and to many people are no less important than the humans in your life especially when it comes to choosing how to celebrate their memories. For many pet owners, the loss of a pet is the equivalent to the loss of human companion. When it comes to owning pets a degree of [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Personalizing Funeral Stationery   7 months, 1 week ago · View

    Thumbnail Funeral stationery can provide a lasting remembrance of a loved one. It’s no secret that funeral arrangements are a lot of work. They require planning, organizing, filling out paperwork, contacting family members and friends, and making last minute arrangements to be carried out within three days. But one of the most important aspects of a [...]

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