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  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Some Countries Have Attempted to Prohibit Death   4 years, 8 months ago · View

    Thumbnail No one has died on the Island of Itsukushima since 1878 and people facing imminent death are transported to communities away from the Torii Shrine as the Delphic Oracle prohibited death near the shrine. “Death, the one appointment we all must keep, and for which no time is set.” – Charlie Chan During the 5th [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Can You Predict Your Own Death? These People Have   4 years, 8 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Some notable people have predicted their own deaths and even the way that they would die. Photo by: Vjeran Lisjak The fickle finger of fate is an enigma of unfathomable proportions, but sometimes, some of us are capable of foreshadowing the events to come. When we wake some mornings, we can instantly tell if it [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: The War Memorial a Commemoration of Sacrifice   4 years, 8 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The Hall of Memory in Birmingham, England was built in 1922 to honor the 12,320 citizens of Birmingham who died during WWI. War memorials, for the better part of human history were once used as commemorations to the great victories and to the leaders of these victories – the Arc de Triomphe in Paris listed all [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Graveyard Vineyards – Curious Name, Serious Wine   4 years, 9 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Graveyard Vineyards is a boutique winery located next to a cemetery in the Paso Robles area of California. Wine has had a long, rich and cultural history. It has been seen as the symbol of blood, with blood representing life; evolved as part of European life, culture and diet; and emerged as not just an [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Recycling – The Afterlife of Medical Implants   4 years, 9 months ago · View

    Thumbnail A Dutch Company called OrthoMetals has developed a way to recycle medical implants and benefit charities at the same time. As cremation continues to rise as an alternative source to the traditional burial, one thing few have ever considered is the remains of orthopaedic implants – from plates and screws from legs and skulls to [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Undertaker’s Invention Revolutionizes the Telephone   4 years, 9 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Two competing undertakers, one whose wife was the town’s telephone operator and directed all calls to her husband led the other undertaker, Almon Strowger, to design a switch that ensured that he would get calls directed to him. It was in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1888, when Almon B. Strowger stormed through the door of [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Google Accounts in the Afterlife   4 years, 9 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Google now allows its users to delete their accounts after they have timed out for a pre-requested amount of time.  In the day and age of social media interactions, websites such as  Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and StumbleUpon have long asked for the creation of a personal profile. With so many user accounts floating around in the [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: The Famous Last Words of the Famous   4 years, 9 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Humphrey Bogart died January 4, 1957 at the age of 57. His last words : “I never should have switched from scotch to martinis.” In the literal sense famous last words are the final remarks of a person before their death – it comes from a notion that during that moment between life and death, [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Updating the Modern Obituary   4 years, 9 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The modern public fascination with celebrities can be traced back to the rise of newspapers and magazines and the popularity of the obituaries in the 18th century. As any up-and-coming journalist will often be told, every person has a story. In the case of obituaries, every life has a story, how those stories are told [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: How to Determine Burial Location   4 years, 9 months ago · View

    Thumbnail There’s a trend in the funeral industry and it starts with the roughly 76 million Baby Boomers who are approaching their retirements. It’s a big wave, but the focus isn’t simply on how they’ll retire, but in planning ahead for the inevitable and this means choosing their final resting places ahead of time – a [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Celebrating Spring in a Cemetery for Tomb Sweeping Day   4 years, 9 months ago · View

    Thumbnail After yet another long and bleak winter, the sun is shining brightly and spring is in the air. It’s the time of year in which everyone rejoices as they begin the anticipation of summer. While many will begin their spring by cleaning out their houses and setting up their backyards with lawn furniture and gardening [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: The Importance of Funeral Education   4 years, 10 months ago · View

    Thumbnail One of  the most overwhelming and often overlooked topics of discussion when it comes to funeral planning is the cost of paying for a funeral memorial. While everyone knows that funeral homes exist and that they play an important part in remembering a loved one, death and funeral planning are seldom considered until the time [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: The 80th Anniversary of “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”   4 years, 10 months ago · View

    Thumbnail He’s written over 400 compositions, his songs have been performed by Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Mahalia Jackson and Jim Reeves. He’s been considered a leading blues pianist and dubbed The Godfather of Gospel Music , but perhaps his most famed composition is his 1956 melody Take My Hand, Precious Lord , which will now be celebrating its 80th anniversary [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Rest In Pieces – Post-Mortem Adventures of the Famous   4 years, 10 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Bess Lovejoy has been — since her early teen years — a self-described macabre kid , a personality trait that could be blamed on or inspired by the darkly imaginative sounds of goth music. As a writer, researcher, editor, and a tweeter of Seattle, history and death, Lovejoy is no stranger to the narration of death literature [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Funerals 101: Educating Yourself About Funeral Arrangements   4 years, 10 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Making funeral arrangements ahead of time allows you to rest in peace and doesn’t leave your family making a multitude of decisions while in mourning. The topic of death and that of funerals isn’t one that is as easily embraced as it once had been while Victorian era mourning traditions saw the embrace of funeral [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: A Café to Die For   4 years, 10 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Located in the crypt of a central London Church, for two nights only, one café will serve the most deadly delicacies known around the world as part of a campaign to encourage more people to leave a gift to a charity in their wills – after all, what can be more influential, than someone who [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: The Mystery Castle of Mary Lou Gulley   4 years, 11 months ago · View

    Thumbnail As a child, Mary Lou Gulley loved to build sandcastles and often, Mary’s parents, Boyce and Frances would take the young girl to Alki Beach in Seattle. But when the waves came in and washed her castles away, Mary Lou would cry. Her father would comfort her, telling her she was his princess and one [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: A Companion for the Journey through to Death   4 years, 11 months ago · View

    Thumbnail For a myriad of cultures midwives have served as healers for their communities. They were revered for their wisdom and healing power; they tended the sick, the dying and the birthing mothers within their community during a time when the standardized medical profession was at its beginnings of being favoured. Now, with an increase in [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: How One Caisson Horse Helps Grieving Children   4 years, 11 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Back in May 2010 a children’s book known as Klinger: A Story of Honor and Hope appeared on bookshelves. It was the endearing story of young horse dreaming of fame as a racehorse but soon finds himself enlisted to perform funeral honors for fallen heroes while bringing comfort to their families. The story not only received numerous [...]

  • M-Gillies wrote a new blog post: Transcending the Fear of Death   4 years, 11 months ago · View

    Thumbnail There is a medical clinic in the US that boasts it is an “all-inclusive, one price, full-service luxury spa medical health and wellness resort,” which specializes in providing not only “cutting-edge therapies” but “knowledge, information and tools on how to live well, particularly in today’s aging and disease-ridden society.” The focus here should be on the [...]

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