Visit a Cemetery!
(4/16/19) You don't have to wait for a funeral or Memorial Day to visit a cemetery. You can stop by anytime!
Take a walk, enjoy the warming weather, appreciate nature and the beauty of the grounds around you.
Want to learn more about your local cemetery, check with the office (if their is one) to see if they offer tours or have special events.
Let's put the 'fun' back in funerals!
(6/5/19) I'm working on a new presentation offering about a topic near and dear to me. Funerals. Oh, now wait ... you knew it was a matter of time before I truly took this on. Don't act so surprised ... oh, you weren't? Never mind.
Recently I posted a "feeler" on my Facebook Page about doing presentations on funerals and how we view them (American POV).
What I want to do
In the past I have covered the history of funerals, but I haven't discussed contemporary ones much.
I want to show people that there is no one way or "right" way to have a funeral. I especially want them to know they can personalize a funeral in many ways. It's also important for people to know that a heart-felt tribute to your loved one doesn't have to cost a fortune.
A taboo topic
Decades ago, death was not such a taboo subject. Funerals were held in family homes. The family took care of most everything. While I'm not recommending people take everything on themselves, everyone should know there are options.
For example, I'm ordained and not only marry people, I also have presided over some funerals. Not everyone goes to church or is religious. There are celebrants out there who will sit down with a family and help them figure out what they would like. It's no less proper than with a minister, and it can be very personalized.
I also want to encourage people to think about what they want or what a loved one wants now instead of having the decision forced on them during a time of stress and grief. It's okay to start the conversation.
You're going to make this 'fun'???
Perhaps it won't be a rollicking good time, but the presentations will be informative and enjoyable. But funerals aren't funny ... except when they are.
To be continued ...
Currently researching: Florence Lawrence
(6/5/19) Florence Lawrence is considered the "first movie star" and is also known as the "Biograph Girl." For many years after her death, Florence's grave in Hollywood Forever went unmarked. It wasn't until British actor and cinephile Roddy McDowall learned about her, her forgotten film legacy, and grave situation the a marker was given consideration. Mr. McDowall, who has his own lovely film legacy, brought Florence's name back to light. Thank you, Roddy, wherever you are.
Roddy McDowall, child-through-adulthood actor, is known for: My Friend Flicka, Lassie, How Green Was My Valley, and numerous TV roles (Batman, Twilight Zone, Fantasy Island, etc.). People today may know him best as Cornelius in the original Planet of the Apes movies. He was also in a favorite of mine, the original Fright Night.
Ironically, he has no burial location or grave marker, as he was cremated and his remains scattered. Anyone want to chip in and get Roddy a marker? ;-)