Might You Wish You Had A Funeral Photographer?

funeral_photographer photo back of hearse laughing

Nibs Southall treasures this photo taken as her husband’s casket was put into a hearse. She often reflects back on this image and the tattoo with his initial showing on her neck.

A recent BBC news article explores a growing interest in funeral photography, and the featured woman’s story inspired me to write this post. The woman, Nibs Southall, explains in the article that she often looks back at the photos of her husband Nick’s funeral—and that there’s one to which she always returns. In the picture (see above), she sees herself facing the hearse, back to the camera. The tattoo on her back, which Nick had too, reads “N”. Suited men flank her on either side. The solemn scene is broken by their wide grins. Continue reading

A Tattoo on a Memory Stone, Such a Great Idea for a Funeral Favor!

A stone with the graphic of your loved one's tattoo. Perfect everlasting keepsake.

A stone with the graphic of your loved one’s tattoo. Perfect everlasting keepsake.

Recently we received a call from a mother asking if we could put the image of her son’s tattoo on a memory stone. She wanted his friends and their family to have an everlasting keepsake of the tattoo that her son, Jerrod designed

himself.

tattoo on memory stones

What would be the perfect memory stone for your loved one? Let’s see if we can create an everlasting funeral favor, memory stone to celebrate your loved one’s life.

Front and back of custom stone

Memory Stone with Tattoo, loved one’s name can be on the other side.

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How Do I Make A Funeral More Personal?

A few years ago, my paternal grandmother passed away after a long and grueling illness – first battling breast cancer and later leukemia. She was a strong woman and put up a good fight, never letting her diagnosis or treatment keep her from enjoying everyday life. But, in 2014, the doctors ran out of options and she ran out of time. After a brief hospice stay, she passed away in early November – with grandpa holding her hand.

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Obituary writers share their secrets on How to Write a Great Obituary

Great title makes you want to read this obituary

My brother Joe recently sent me an  article about how to write an obituary. The article was an interesting interview of two professional obituary writers, Maureen O’Donnell and Linnea Crowther who both write obituaries for the Chicago Sun-Times and Legacy.com

I thought my readers would find it helpful to hear what professional obituary writers suggest when writing a memorable obituary.

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3 Cool Funeral Ideas

Are you looking for some cool funeral ideas that will turn the funeral you are planning into a memorable celebration of life?

1. Use Memory Stones to Create a Special Tribute

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Cool Funeral idea, have guests write a tribute on memory stones

Use memory stones as a guest book. At the memorial service friends and family are invited to write on the memory stones. You can then keep the stones and remember the tributes people made to your loved one.  The memory stones would be nice to add to the base of a plant in your home or garden. It’s a beautiful way to keep the memory of the departed alive. You can find memorial memory stones here. Continue reading