Matthew Gillies @m-gillies ?

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"~Life’s a Grave & I Dig It~" · View
  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Ikaria – The Island that Death Forgot   3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Agios Kirikos is the capital of Akaria an island with about 8,000 inhabitants who are among the longest lived people in the world. Some 10 nautical miles southwest of Samos, there lies an isolated Greek island in the Aegean Sea. It is here, on this particular island, that its name was adopted from the Greek [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: The Spirits of Japan’s Past   4 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    Thumbnail Yurei are Japanese spirits that haunt those who caused the death of another. In the Land of the Rising Sun, the Japanese have for centuries built a name for themselves as a culture obsessed with the supernatural and the superstitious. From the vast funeral rituals to their ultra-violent horror cinema, the Japanese have delved into [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: The Funeral Rites of the Disciples of Christ   4 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    Thumbnail The Little Brown Church of the Valley, located in Studio City, CA is one of the oldest Disciples of Christ churches in the Untied States with roots starting in the 1920s. In addition to hosting memorial services, the Little Brown Church has also been the site of over 25,000 weddings – the most famous being [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: The Voodoo Queen of New Orleans   11 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    Thumbnail Even today, Marie Laveau’s tomb (on right) is constantly plagued by people who desecrate it with graffiti. New Orleans is a city of considerable history, from its early beginnings as a French colony to the development of its above ground cemeteries to counter the frequent disinterment of bodies caused by floods and heavy rainstorms. However, [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: The Personal Touch of Feature Obituaries versus the Traditional   1 year, 4 months ago · 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 year, 5 months 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 year, 5 months 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?   1 year, 5 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   1 year, 6 months 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   1 year, 6 months 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   1 year, 8 months 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   1 year, 9 months 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   1 year, 9 months 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   1 year, 9 months 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   1 year, 9 months 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   1 year, 10 months 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   1 year, 10 months 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   1 year, 10 months 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   1 year, 10 months 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   1 year, 10 months 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 [...]

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