Flowers in Funerals

Posted on July 26th, 2017
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We frequently receive questions about flowers and funerals – how did flowers ever become associated with funerals, what flowers are appropriate, how much should someone spend on flowers, etc. It appears that flowers have been associated with burial from time immemorial. In ancient eras, flowers provided a very practical benefit: they were used to mask […]

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Martin Oaks Cemetery and Some Paranormal Thoughts

Posted on July 21st, 2017
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Martin Oaks Cemetery has been a fixture in Lewisville, Texas since the mid 1800’s. Starting off as a family plot on the Martin Cattle Ranch, graves date back to 1874. Just to put this in perspective, in the 1870’s there were only around 13,000 people in all of Dallas County. Within 20 miles of Martin […]

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What Killed Jane Austen?

Posted on July 18th, 2017
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Along with William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, and George Eliot, Jane Austen is definitely in the pantheon of great English writers. Today, July 18th, is the 200th anniversary of her passing at the age of 41 (although 41 seems young today, in that era women lived to be about 40 years of age). One of the […]

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From Burial to Cremation, Pere Lachaise Has It All

Posted on July 10th, 2017
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Recently returning from Paris, France, a family friend reported that he had a chance to tour the famous Pere Lachaise Cemetery. As we have noted in previous blogs, this cemetery is considered to be interesting from a number of viewpoints: its incredible history, the garden-like nature of the surroundings, and the unending list of notables […]

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Dead Hand Control

Posted on July 6th, 2017
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Through the years, Martin Oaks has seen a number of unfortunate disagreements between family members following the demise of a loved one. Frequently, these fissures developed because of the way family member interpreted the wishes of the deceased. Last week renowned playwright, Edward Albee, who passed away on September 16, 2016 (and who was cremated […]

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