The Unfortunate Burial of Tennessee Williams

Posted on March 1st, 2018
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We have written in this space many times about the importance of pre-planning your own deathcare. Whether you prefer a cremation, a cremation with service, a Dallas cremation, a Denton cremation, traditional funeral, traditional burial, whatever your choice, we always recommend pre-planning. Our piece on Humphrey Bogart’s death and cremation — which was not carried […]

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Don Meredith’s Journey Back Home to Mount Vernon

Posted on January 8th, 2018
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As you may expect, the final arrangements a client makes prior to passing are often times as defining as any particular event or episode in their lives.  At Martin Oaks Cemetery and Crematory here in Lewisville Texas, we have often noted that the choice of a grave marker, the inscription on that marker, the care with […]

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Great Expectations and the Morgan Library

Posted on December 29th, 2017
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Talk about scary moments in cemeteries. At Martin Oaks Cemetery and Crematory, we have some stories, but perhaps the most frightening cemetery moment of all for us occurs at the beginning of David Lean’s magnificent film of Charles Dickens “Great Expectations.” This being the end of December, the unofficial Dickensian month of the year (especially […]

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Death in Sports

Posted on June 19th, 2017
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This week the New York Times ran a feature piece on Jeff Charles, a high school football coach who left the game after one of his players was killed during an October 2011 Friday night game. The player, Ridge Barden, was a defensive tackle for Homer High School in Homer, New York – a cerebral […]

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The Decision to Witness a Cremation

Posted on April 4th, 2017
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Witnessing or viewing a cremation is not a new practice. In fact, it dates back to the Bronze Age where burning a corpse was a common procedure. Romans sometimes practiced a rather peculiar ritual: they would cremate a body, but bury a severed finger from the body. The theory behind this is that some part […]

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