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  • MSO wrote a new blog post: Cross Bones Graveyard   3 months, 1 week ago · View

    Thumbnail Cross Bones Graveyard attracts more than 50,000 visitors a year to its gates. London, England is home to the Cross Bones Graveyard, also known as the single women’s churchyard which dates back to medieval times. It was a place where prostitutes were buried. In those days prostitutes were excluded from Christian burial and were put [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: The Language of Funeral Flowers   3 months, 2 weeks ago · View

    Thumbnail Most religions appreciate the gift of flowers at a funeral however there are some exceptions. Flowers have been a traditional funeral gift for millennia, there’s even evidence that Neanderthal people buried their dead with flowers more than 60,000 years ago. Not only are flowers beautiful but they have a language all of their own. They [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: St. George the Dragon Slayer   5 months ago · View

    Thumbnail As the patron saint of England and protector of the royal family. His sarcophagus lies in the Church of St. George in Lod, Israel. St. George is the patron saint of England. While little is known for certain about his life, there are many legends about his life. The most popular of which, is his [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: The Taj Mahal is the World’s Most Beautiful Mausoleum   9 months, 1 week ago · View

    Thumbnail These are the cenotaphs of Mumtaz Mahal (right) and Shah Jahan inside the Taj Mahal. When Mumtaz Mahal died on June 17th, 1631, her husband emperor Shah Jahan was devastated and went into mourning for a year. Though she was one of his three wives at the time, she was his favorite, his chief consort [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: Remembering Graham Chapman on the Eve of the Last Monty Python Show   9 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    Thumbnail The original cast of Monty Python, Graham Chapman is shown in the back with his pipe. On July 1, 2014, Monty Python is set to regroup to put on their final live performance. It’s the first time  the old school friends – John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam have got together [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: Charity Can Continue at the Funeral Home   10 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Today, asking family and friends to donate to a charity of your choice in your memory has become more popular than sending flowers. You can donate in person or online at most funeral homes. “We can’t help everyone but everyone can help someone.”  Dr. Loretta Scott Many people today are choosing to request donations to a [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: Can I Have a Viewing Before Cremation?   10 months ago · View

    Thumbnail  If you choose to be cremated you can have a viewing or visitation in a funeral home to give family and friends the chance to gather and say goodbye. A viewing before cremation is for those people who do not wish to be buried but would still like to give family and friends the chance to [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: The Tragically Hip’s Song for a Boy in Fiddler’s Green   10 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Gord Downie (left), Gord Sinclair and Rob Baker of The Tragically Hip wrote and performed Fiddler’s Green for Gord’s young nephew who had passed away. Photo by Kim Pardi In 1990 singer/songwriter Gord Downie of the band The Tragically Hip wrote Fiddler’s Green in memory of his five year old nephew Charles who had died of [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: Spending Eternity With Your Pets   10 months, 1 week ago · View

    Thumbnail Hartsdale Pet Cemetery has been burying pets with their human family members since the 1920s. The practise of being buried with animals is not a new concept, it has been a large part of Egyptian burial rituals for centuries. Egyptians believed that animals shared the same after life as humans, it was very common to [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: Funeral Cookies   10 months, 2 weeks ago · View

    Thumbnail Cookies wrapped up in funeral notices served as invitations to a funeral during Victorian and Colonial American times. Pitt River Museum. Though the custom started in Great Britain, providing cookies, biscuits or ‘dead cakes’, as they were known in Great Britain, during funerals was quickly adopted throughout Europe and in the United States during Colonial [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: Hollywood’s Museum of Death   10 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    Thumbnail From the severed head of a serial killer to mortuary artifacts, Hollywood’s Museum of Death has all the interesting and gory details surrounding death. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil…” Psalm 23:4 A museum is an institution that cares for a collection of artifacts of [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: Ride of Silence Remembers Cyclists Who Died on the Road   10 months, 4 weeks ago · View

    Thumbnail Ghost bikes can be found in many cities and memorialize the site where a cyclist was killed. The Ride of Silence is an annual event to remember those cyclists who were killed on the road. The Ride of Silence… by Mike Murgas Tonight we number many but ride as one In honor of those not with us, friends, mothers, [...]

  • Thumbnail Parents should be careful not to give children hope that their pet is coming back by using euphemisms for death such as “he’s gone away” or “she’s sleeping”. Many people say that they are so close to their pets that they consider them part of the family. Well fundamentally they are. Family pets offer company [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: When The Saints Go Marching In – Origins of the Gospel Song   11 months ago · View

    Thumbnail “When the Saints Go Marching In” is traditionally played while accompanying the casket or urn to to the cemetery during a jazz funeral. Arguably one of the most catchy and well-known pieces in gospel history, When The Saints Go Marching In is an example of a song that has penetrated many genres across the musical spectrum. [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: How to Record a Video Will   11 months, 1 week ago · View

    Thumbnail Not all jurisdictions accept video wills as legal last will and testaments so it is best to check and include a written will with the video. Video taping or digitally recording a will is often considered an alternative means of preventing a will from being contested in court. It shows that the testator is of [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: Memorial Tattoos   11 months, 1 week ago · View

    Thumbnail Spc. Steven Baker’s said, “I wanted to get something done, but I didn’t want it to be blatantly out in the open for everyone else to see. But every time I want to reflect and think back on them, I can look in the mirror and remember.” Tattooing has been around for centuries most predominantly [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: What is a Coroner?   11 months, 1 week ago · View

    Thumbnail A coroner is called to investigate deaths that appear to be from unnatural causes or natural deaths that occur suddenly or unexpectedly. Depending on jurisdiction, a coroner is an extension of the sheriff’s office and determines the circumstances surrounding deaths deemed suspicious. However, a coroner is sometimes interchangeably considered a medical examiner. While a coroner [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: Hart Island – New York City’s Island of the Dead   11 months, 2 weeks ago · View

    Thumbnail This photo by NYC reporter and social activist Jacob Riis was taken in 1890 and showed the coffins of NYC’s homeless and unclaimed being delivered to Hart Island. Throughout history Hart Island, which is located on the western end of Long Island Sound in New York City, has been put to many different uses. It [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: The Johnny Cash Project   11 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    Thumbnail The Johnny Cash Project is an amazing, ongoing global art collective. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have contributed to making the music video by drawing frames for the project. Visit to add your artwork to the video. With the recent release of a new album “Out Among the Stars” containing 12 [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: The Jamaican Tradition of Nine-Night   11 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    Thumbnail Nine-Night is a lively gathering with music and dance to celebrate the life of a family member or friend. This  screenshot is from the Nine-Night of Jamaican playwright Trevor Dave Rhone. A mixture of Christian and African traditions, Nine-Night is essentially the Jamaican form of a wake except is it much more a lively celebration [...]

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