Death and Rest

Posted on September 10th, 2018
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“Good night sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.” So Horatio bid goodbye to Hamlet in Shakespeare’s immortal tragedy.  Horatio knows full well all Hamlet had to endure; he knows of Hamlet’s unconditional love for his father, and where that love ultimately led. And Horatio’s role in this?  It is to […]

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Neil Simon’s Vulnerability

Posted on August 28th, 2018
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For a writer much celebrated for his wit, Neil Simon, who died last weekend at the age of 91 in New York, visited some very dark places. His two memoirs, Rewrites (1996) and The Play Goes On (1999) are suffused with melancholy.  Rewrites ends with the lingering death of a beloved spouse and Play winds […]

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Cremating Old Friends

Posted on August 24th, 2018
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Lately here at Martin Oaks Cemetery and Crematory in Lewisville, Texas (a northern suburb of Dallas, Texas), it seems that we have been cremating or burying way too many old friends. It is an expected consequence of our aging that those around us start passing on — but this reality provides little in the way […]

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Life Lessons at 90

Posted on July 25th, 2018
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  People in the United States are living longer today than ever before.  Current numbers show that the average life span is almost 79 years, with women slightly outliving men. Forecasts are calling for more of the same — a female child born this year has a better than one in ten chance to live […]

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Pancreatic Cancer

Posted on July 5th, 2018
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In our last installment in this space, we discussed how it can be difficult to provide final disposition at Martin Oaks Cemetery and Crematory (Lewisville, Texas) for acquaintances of ours. We specifically mentioned a recent cremation of a friend who succumbed to prostate cancer. Even though deathcare is our profession, it’s not possible to divorce […]

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