All That Remains

by michaelsfuneral

I am often asked what the hardest thing is about being a funeral director.  Some people imagine that being around sorrow and grief must be very difficult to do on a daily basis; others assume that helping a family through the loss of a young child would be the worst. Yes, being around so much […]

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like…”

by michaelsfuneral

It’s that time of year again.   And no matter how much we might like to try, there is no way to stop the clock.   It’s coming.   It’s Christmas.   It’s the time of year that can be the most difficult for anyone dealing with a recent (or not-so-recent) loss.  Often, the emotions associated with the loss of a […]

Pennies from Heaven

by michaelsfuneral

I recently ran into a customer — her dad died a little over three years ago.   I know her family pretty well, so we started chatting about how everyone was doing and what changes have transpired since her dad’s death.   “Mom bought herself a baby grand piano,” she said, “believe it or not, she spotted […]

A Rose By Any Other Name…

by michaelsfuneral

People often call and ask, “I am not sure if I should send flowers or do something else… what has the family requested?”   In some cases, there are requests made by the family, usually suggesting a donation to a specific charity or foundation.  But in a lot of cases, the family of the deceased has not […]

Eulogies

by michaelsfuneral

There are not too many people I know who like the idea of having to give a eulogy, myself included.  It’s not that we don’t have wonderful thoughts and memories of the person who died; it’s just that not everyone probably wants to hear how Uncle Walt taught us to pick a lock and build […]

True Love is Unconditional, Ask Your Dog

by michaelsfuneral

When we lose a loved one, we not only feel the depth of their absence, but we can often feel overwhelmed by what is left behind.  Something mundane can trigger a tidal wave of emotion that catches us completely off-guard such as a book resting open on a table top, a worn pair of slippers […]

A Guiding Hand

by michaelsfuneral

Welcome to our first posting on Michaels Funeral Blog.   Perhaps it seems strange that someone would think of writing a blog about a subject that is feared and avoided nearly as much as public speaking.  But funerals are our business.   Helping people through loss and grief is our calling.  It is our hope then to […]