Rituals Impact Grief Recovery after the Loss of a Loved One

Posted on November 19th, 2020
Posted by Martin Oaks under Community, Cremation, Memorial, Resources
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“Dying, a man may be loved, hated, mourned, missed; but once dead, he becomes the chief ornament of a complicated and formal social celebration.” These words from author John Steinbeck are cynical, but revelatory:  across cultures, in many different ways, we embrace rituals at the time of death.  And, we bestow them freely upon the deceased, whatever […]

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The Traveling Cremains of Dorothy Parker

Posted on September 17th, 2020
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Fifty-three years after her death, Dorothy Parker’s cremains have just been buried in their forever home at Woodlawn Cemetery, The Bronx, New York. This protracted ordeal began on June 7, 1967 when Parker died from a heart attack in her Manhattan hotel suite.  The wry author and wisecracking mainstay of the famed Algonquin Round Table […]

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Surviving A Dreadful Diagnosis

Posted on July 17th, 2020
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Every year in America, 1.7 million people are diagnosed with cancer. Another 1.5 million learn they have diabetes. And 720,000 others suffer their first heart attack. As one professional athlete said, “When I left home to go to the doctor’s office I was one person. After learning I had cancer, I came home a different person. Nothing […]

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Dr. Osterholm:  Covid’s “Darkest Days” Still Ahead

Posted on June 17th, 2020
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“We are not driving this tiger, we are riding it,” epidemiologist Dr. Michael Osterholm of the University of Minnesota told Chris Wallace during a Sunday television interview. The tiger in question is coronavirus.  And Dr. Osterholm is convinced it is a much more heinous foe than we have struggled with to date. “We are going to see […]

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Grammy Winner Lynn Harrell Overcame Tragic Deaths Through His Music

Posted on May 15th, 2020
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Tragic death was no stranger to Lynn Harrell. The legendary, Grammy winning cellist was 15 when his father died of cancer. Just over two years later, his mother was killed in an automobile accident. By the age of 18, he was on his own. “It took a long time to come to terms with it,” […]

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