Matthew Gillies @m-gillies ?

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"~Life’s a Grave & I Dig It~" · View
  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Masonic Funeral Rites   5 years 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   5 years 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   5 years 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   5 years 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 [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Personalizing Funerals with Sentimental Releases   5 years ago · View

    Thumbnail In some Eastern cultures sky lanterns are released to help guide the spirits of their ancestors back to the grave. Personalized funerals are continuously growing to become an occasion of life celebrations, and what better way to memorialize the life lived than by customizing the sendoff celebration to reflect the passions and joys that the [...]

  • Thumbnail Up until “Dracula”, starring Bela Lugosi was released in 1931, North Americans had little knowledge of vampires unlike their counterparts in Eastern European countries who had heard the legends for hundreds of years. For years, the notion of vampirism has long existed within many cultures. With the word appearing in French and German literature in [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Alternative Ways to Pay for a Funeral   5 years, 1 month ago · View

    Thumbnail Insurance policies, Veterans’ Benefits, Social Security and more may be able to provide funding to pay for your funeral. In one average person’s lifetime there will be three major expenses made. The first is a vehicle; the second a house and the third will be a funeral. But while vehicles and houses are paid over [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Affordable Space Memorials the Way of the Future   5 years, 1 month ago · View

    Thumbnail Elysium Space will be offering its first memorial spaceflight in 2014. “I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.” – Sarah Williams, English Poet Since the dawn of humankind, space has long fascinated humankind. From Nicolaus Copernicus to Gene Roddenberry, from Galileo Galilei to Stephen Hawking, from Isaac Newton to Walt [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Russia’s Hauntingly Mystifying City of the Dead   5 years, 1 month ago · View

    Thumbnail  The oldest crypts date back to the 16th century. Each family has its own tomb, the taller the tomb, the larger number of family members resting within. Making the journey requires a three-hour trek along serpentine roads winding through several hills. It is a place that is shrouded deep in myth and legend, but is [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Banking your Memories with DNA Memorial Keepsakes   5 years, 1 month ago · View

    Thumbnail Just as DNA is a blueprint containing all the information about a person, by banking DNA you are further immortalizing your loved ones and maintaining a DNA record of your family tree, which can help verify a family’s predisposition to inherited medical conditions. “Families are built on tradition, but it is their DNA that truly makes [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Hearses are Constantly Changing Through the Ages   5 years, 1 month ago · View

    Thumbnail Hearses are some of the most interesting vehicles around because of their custom designs and handcrafted details. Transporting a casket to and from a funeral can be done in more ways than just the traditional hearse. Over the years, funeral transportation has evolved and expanded to a variety of vehicles, each one used as a [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Calling a Truce on Family Feuds During Funerals   5 years, 1 month ago · View

    Thumbnail In order to avoid family feuds, you should ensure your funeral arrangements are made with a funeral home or documented and shared with your family. Family disputes happen. Each one of us has our own view and our own opinions on matters, but sometimes our differences can extend beyond the realms of civility. Perhaps you’ve [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: The Pros and Cons of Pet Cremation and Burial   5 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Grave markers in San Francisco, California’s pet cemetery date back to the 1950’s, when the Presidio base was home to approximately 2,000 army families. While there are many options for arranging a funeral sendoff that memorializes and commemorates a life lived, pet funerals are increasingly growing more popular as pets are being recognized more as [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Famous Failed Faked Deaths   5 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Juliet fakes her own death to avoid marrying Paris. In William Shakespeare’s classic play Romeo and Juliet , the titular character Juliet fakes her own death to avoid marrying Paris so she could instead be with her lover Romeo. While this act leads to the ultimate demise of both Romeo and herself, [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Restoring the Ocean’s Reefs after Death   5 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail A sea turtle swims past an artificial reef which is the final resting place of people who wanted to spend eternity in the sea. Over the years, it seems environmental awareness has been extending its reache beyond just the actions conducted by the living but also how we memorialize our dead in an attempt to [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: A History of Cryonic Preservation   5 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Four patients and six neuropatients (head and brain only) can be immersed in liquid nitrogen in this “bigfoot” Dewar. Photo courtesy of Alcor Life Extension Foundation. Once upon a time, in 1626, English philosopher Francis Bacon became a martyr to experimental sciences when, while journeying to Highgate through the snow he was inspired by the [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Clara Barton, The Angel of the Battlefield   5 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Clara Barton, know as “The Angel of the Battlefield” founded the American Red Cross during the American Civil War. Federal troops began pouring into the city of Washington, D.C. a city that had been placed under substantial military guard. The Civil War had just begun and the residents in the capital were alarmed and confused [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Why Flags are Flown Half-Mast Until Noon on Memorial Day   5 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail From sunrise to noon on Memorial Day the flag of the United States is flown at half-staff. On the last Monday in May, Americans have, for over the last 142 years, commemorated those who have died in wars by flying flags half-staff until noon on Memorial Day. It’s been a practice that has been observed [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Alternative Means of Dispersing Ashes   5 years, 4 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Scattering ashes from a hot air balloon has become popular. The whole process takes about half an hour and some hot air balloon baskets can accommodate 15 people. With so many options available for interments, some people will opt for the less costly cremation. When the ashes are collected, they can be kept, buried or [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: The Price of Fame could lead to an Early Death   5 years, 4 months ago · View

    Thumbnail A recent study, has found that celebrities have a shorter life span than any other group of people. Fame, it comes with a lot of perks. The glitz and the glamor of stardom is the envy of many people, from the large paychecks to the adoration of fans. But for all the perks of infamy, [...]

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