“General”

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 | 2013-01-01T05:00:25-07:00 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 | 2012-12-25T05:00:23-07:00 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 | 2012-12-19T05:00:58-07:00 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 | 2012-12-13T05:00:40-07:00 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 | 2012-12-03T05:00:29-07:00 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 [...]

28 11, 2012

As You Toast To The Holiday Season, Don’t Forget To Designate A Driver

By | 2012-11-28T05:00:07-07:00 November 28th, 2012|General, Self-Help|21 Comments

As You Toast To The Holiday Season, Don't Forget To Designate A Driver Today I had to take my car to the dealer for an 80,000 mile service.  I was given a voucher for a complimentary rental car.  I gave the gentleman behind the desk my license and credit card as requested.  He offered me their "$15 Walk Away Insurance" in the event anything should happen to the vehicle while I am driving it.  I, of course, agreed right away. I walked away thinking how interesting it is that we worry more about protecting things than we do people. When [...]

21 11, 2012

Thanksgiving: Rejection Sparks Reflection

By | 2012-11-21T05:00:16-07:00 November 21st, 2012|General, Inspiration|18 Comments

Thanksgiving: Rejection Sparks Reflection   Normally a time filled with the noise and laughter of a house filled with family and friends.  A time of me bustling in a kitchen with rich spicy smells from all the preparations.  But maybe not this particular year I am recalling . . .  That year it was to be just the two of us, my husband and I. Our daughter and family would be at her in-laws.  We were invited, but declined. Our good neighbors invited us to join their crew, but that didn’t feel right either. We found out the elderly friend [...]

19 11, 2012

Reflecting on Friendships: Thankful for Pat

By | 2012-11-19T05:00:21-07:00 November 19th, 2012|General, Inspiration|26 Comments

Reflecting on Friendships: Thankful for Pat I never imagined that I would become a fourth generation Funeral Director; I guess my crystal ball was in the shop some 24 years ago. For the last 23 years I have been on this amazing journey of having the privilege of walking along side the families in our community in their darkest hours. My career has become so much more than a job or a paycheck, this profession has so many teaching lessons. The number 1 lesson I have learned thus far is that relationships are key to our lives. I have had [...]

15 11, 2012

Thanksgiving: When You’re Away from Home or All Alone

By | 2012-11-15T05:00:32-07:00 November 15th, 2012|General, Seasons of Life|20 Comments

Thanksgiving: When You're Away from Home or All Alone My earliest memories of Thanksgiving include preschool art projects of making dough ball turkeys to decorate the dinner table & tracing my hand on paper to make the 4 finger feathers & thumb neck turkeys we all made as kids. I was so proud of my artwork & my mom still has it packed away in her attic almost 40 years later. I also remember going to my grandparents' house for a family dinner.  Everything was homemade - the bread, veggies from the garden, delicious lumpy mashed potatoes & gravy, fruit [...]