3 07, 2013

Gettysburg: Haunting Me Still

By | 2013-07-03T05:00:16-07:00 July 3rd, 2013|General, Perspective|14 Comments

Gettysburg: Haunting Me Still While many of you will be celebrating the 4th of July tomorrow, tonight, at my house, there will be a small gathering of people to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Ok, so that’s pretty different, perhaps you think it’s odd; I have two things to say to that: Anniversaries are sacred, AND you don’t know my mother. me, haunting Gettysburg like a pro I grew up in a house with a mortician and a history teacher – a very interesting combo that I think explains the picture here to the [...]

12 06, 2013

Remembering Atticus: A Tribute to Our Fathers (& You’re Invited!)

By | 2013-06-12T05:00:58-07:00 June 12th, 2013|General, Seasons of Life|8 Comments

  A Father's Day Tribute   When I thought about writing this blog for Father's Day, I wracked my brain to come up with that quintessential father-figure. People like Walt Disney & Abraham Lincoln came to mind, but when I remembered Atticus Finch, the humble hero of Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, I knew I'd found him. Scout & Atticus Growing up I always loved the movie, To Kill a Mockingbird, because of the charming characters, the fright I felt seeing Jem up on the Radley porch, and the purity of Scout's love for adventure & [...]

1 05, 2013

Journey Mercies . . . Welcome to Holland

By | 2013-05-01T05:00:38-07:00 May 1st, 2013|General, Inspiration|21 Comments

Journey Mercies . . . Welcome to Holland She arrived with the usual fanfare, a normal, easy delivery . . . mom and dad crying tears of joy, Aunt Kari on hand, and me taking photos as fast as my camera would let me. She came home from the hospital waiting for a name. Mom and Dad wanted to make sure that they chose the perfect one. On the fifth day we learned what we would call her . . . Sofia Miyoko , Wise Beautiful Child. Sofia had a smile that would light up the room. As the months [...]

24 04, 2013

Meet our Administrative Professionals

By | 2013-04-24T05:00:40-07:00 April 24th, 2013|Community, General|19 Comments

We want you to meet the women behind-the-scenes here at O'Connor Mortuary. These 5 ladies work full-time to be the first to answer the phone, prepare and file  all of our  paperwork, ensure quality & efficiency, and most of all, they help us look good! We are happy to introduce to you, the Admin Ladies of O'Connor Mortuary!   First up is . . . Diana - The Voice of O'Connor & our lovely Receptionist 1. How long have you worked for O'Connor Mortuary?  I have been with O’Connor since 2005. 2. What made you consider working at a mortuary?  [...]

3 04, 2013

Why Too Many Funerals Aren’t Worth Going To (& How To Fix That!)

By | 2013-04-03T05:00:30-07:00 April 3rd, 2013|General, Planning Ahead|3 Comments

  Photo Credit: www.typohgram.com If you’ve ever attended one of Dr. Bill Hoy’s seminars, you’ve inevitably heard about the importance of ceremony, how he attends every funeral he can, and why he thinks funerals are so important. Most of us are probably not as enthusiastic as Dr. Hoy when it comes to planning, much less attending a funeral. Well, why do you think that is? I’ll tell you what I think. I think it’s because the funeral profession has been doing funerals badly for a very long time. Think about it, go back to the last funeral you [...]

1 01, 2013

The Gift of Reconciliation & My Mother: Reflections & Resolutions

By | 2013-01-01T05:00:25-08:00 January 1st, 2013|General, Inspiration|27 Comments

The Gift of Reconciliation, Reunion and How It Will Shape My New Year's Resolution In October I wrote a post about the potential of losing a loved one at the holidays. Photo Credit: www.hipsterscripture.com While I am writing this, my grandmother is still with us. However, she will never be the same. She relies on round the clock care from caretakers. Her dementia has been thrown into overdrive and she does not remember what I have told her five minutes before. It is no longer me that she relies on, but her daytime caretaker for security. While she [...]

25 12, 2012

Christmas in 1952: Tragical to Magical

By | 2012-12-25T05:00:23-08:00 December 25th, 2012|General, Inspiration|14 Comments

Christmas in 1952: Tragical to Magical   December, 1952 – I was 5 years old.  There was a walkway from the street to the back door, which my brothers kept shoveled despite snow that was higher than our heads.  The plowed and drifted snow banks were up to the second floor of the house.  I am the youngest in a family of eight.  Six of us were still at home. March, 1952. ALL the Anderson children, upon arriving home from Mama's funeral. If you notice, we all attended. There was no question that I at 5, was too young [...]

19 12, 2012

A White Christmas in Finland

By | 2012-12-19T05:00:58-08:00 December 19th, 2012|General, Seasons of Life|14 Comments

Christmas in Finland Bing Crosby sings "I'm dreaming of a White Christmas . . . Just like the ones I used to know."  I love that I can say, "yes" I've had a white Christmas of my own.  Have you ever had one? Via Pinterest I was fortunate to have my one and only White Christmas in 1983 when I was 13 years old.  My mom took my sister Andrea & I to Finland to be with our Finnish family for the holiday. It was truly amazing even despite the fact that I literally thought I was going [...]

13 12, 2012

Journey Mercies . . . I BELIEVE in Christmas

By | 2012-12-13T05:00:40-08:00 December 13th, 2012|General, Inspiration|20 Comments

Journey Mercies . . . I BELIEVE in Christmas Just when the air turns colder and the days shrink into darkness, the Christmas season arrives.  It begins at Thanksgiving – with families, feast and football.  Then, during the next few weeks we shop and decorate, worship and become transformed into people most of us weren’t weeks before.  Our hearts become warm in the winter cold.  We miraculously find compassion for strangers, and we believe and remember there are and should be Christmas miracles. Macy's Building via Pinterest   What is it about this holiday wonderment that causes even [...]

3 12, 2012

“Just Making Sure” . . . Why Christmas Cards Matter

By | 2012-12-03T05:00:29-08:00 December 3rd, 2012|General, Inspiration|32 Comments

"Just Making Sure" . . . Why Christmas Cards Matter   There was a greeting card some years ago, which showed Winnie the Pooh and Piglet walking together holding hands. "I just wanted to be sure of you.” With the holidays right around the corner, for some, like me, it means creating the Annual Letter. Many love to get them; others refuse to read one because it seems “mass-produced”.  My niece, Sharon  is unbelievably creative.  She is the queen of finding unusual themes or a new way to tell the current year’s sequel to their story with a twist.  She [...]