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  • MSO wrote a new blog post: How The African Burial Ground National Monument Came To Be   5 years ago · View

    Thumbnail The African National Burial Ground was rediscovered in 1991. Approximately 15,000 free and enslaved Africans were buried in the five or six acre burial ground that dates from the 17th century. Plans for a new Federal building in Lower Manhattan were halted when, in October 1991, the discovery of a slave burial ground was made. [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: Joe Walsh’s Song for Emma   5 years ago · View

    Thumbnail Joe Walsh wrote a song for his young daughter Emma after she passed away. Emma Walsh was like any other young child who loved going to the playground just up the street from her home in Boulder, Colorado. Her mother, Stefany Rhodes took her there almost every day. Her father Joe Walsh accompanied them when [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: Soul Catchers   5 years ago · View

    Thumbnail Made from the femur of black or grizzly bears, soul catchers were used to capture souls set loose in the spirit world. When herbal remedies had no effect on curing an illness, shamans of the Tsimshian, Haida, Heiltsuk, and Tlingit tribes of the Pacific Northwest Coast of British Columbia and Alaska were called in because [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: The Joy Sessions   5 years ago · View

    Thumbnail A young woman says goodbye to her beloved companion during one of the Joy Sessions at Sarah Beth Photography. The death of a beloved pet is one of the hardest things a person has to face. To many, a pet’s death is as traumatic as a human family member’s and for those people whose pets [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: Arranging a Funeral for a President   5 years ago · View

    Thumbnail Jacqueline Kennedy holding the hands of her children Caroline and John leave the funeral of John F. Kennedy. Fifty years ago at 12:30 in the afternoon President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas. He was 46. In shock but with the need to take [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: A Tent for Sir Richard Burton’s Tomb   5 years ago · View

    Thumbnail Sir Richard Burton and his wife Lady Isabel rest for eternity in their mausoleum built to resemble a middle eastern tent. Sir Richard Burton began his travels as a young boy as he travelled with his parents, his father was a British army officer, to posts in Asia and Africa. It was then that he [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: A Heaven On Earth Sendoff for Rodney Dangerfield   5 years, 1 month ago · View

    Thumbnail Rodney Dangerfield’s funeral included a “cast” of characters in the program that was wrapped with his signature red tie and a cookie featuring his image. Rodney Dangerfield died on October 5, 2004 at he age of 82 following complications from a heart valve operation. He was a stand-up comedian with his signature line, “I don’t [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: Mortsafes Put a Stop to Grave Robbery   5 years, 1 month ago · View

    Thumbnail A mortsafe from Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh, Scotland. Designed to protect gravesites from any sort of thieving or disturbance, mortsafes were first invented in the early 1800s in Scotland. A mortsafe is similar to the design of a cage, using heavy iron and stone plates and rods as well as a padlock to ensure no [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: La Catrina and The Day of the Dead   5 years, 1 month ago · View

    Thumbnail La Catrina has been an icon of the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration for over 100 years. She is the grand dame of death and takes the spotlight during the Mexican holiday of El Dia de los Muertos that takes place every November 1st and 2nd.. The image of La Calavera Catrina, meaning ‘elegant [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: The Spirit Houses of Russian Alaska   5 years, 1 month ago · View

    Thumbnail Many of the spirit houses in the graveyard at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Eklutna, Alaska were built almost 200 years ago when Alaska was a Russian colony. In 1873, Catherine, Empress of All the Russias, issued an edict that would see missionaries journey from Russia to Russian America and by the following year 18 [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: Tales of my Demise are Greatly Exaggerated   5 years, 1 month 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 [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: Lions Club Memorial Service Rites   5 years, 1 month 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. [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: Have The Talk of a Lifetime   5 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail “Have the Talk of a Lifetime” is a global campaign launched by the Funeral and Memorial Information Council (FAMIC) to encourage families and friends to actually take the time to find out how they want to be remembered. today’s technology-filled world we have endless opportunities to communicate with each other from mobile phones to email, [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: Royal Canadian Legion Funeral Service Rites   5 years, 2 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 [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: The American Legion Memorial Service   5 years, 2 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 [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: Why Do We Place Shells on Tombstones?   5 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail A tomb covered with sea shells in the Trumpeldor cemetery in Tel Aviv.  Walk through any cemetery, old or new, in the world and you will find shells on tombstones or decorating the earth around them. Where did this practice come from? Aphrodite was the Greek goddess of love and fertility her counterpart, the Roman [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: The Viatical Life Settlement, A Benefit to Terminally Ill   5 years, 2 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 [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: The Ritual of the Wake   5 years, 2 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 [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: The Legend and the Controversy Surrounding the Rainbow Bridge Poem   5 years, 2 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 [...]

  • MSO wrote a new blog post: Masonic Funeral Rites   5 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail During a Masonic funeral, 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 an [...]

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