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A Final Word on Truman Capote

Posted on November 22nd, 2016
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                  Several of our readers have asked questions about Truman Capote, so we thought we would follow up with a few brief observations about his career. We have written about his friendship with Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, as well has his magnificent “Black […]

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Thanksgiving Visitor

Posted on November 21st, 2016
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Before we get to the central theme of this blog, we here at Martin Oaks would like wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! Happy and a SAFE Thanksgiving. Since Martin Oaks is a crematory, we are quite aware of the fact that deaths in the United States spike on Thanksgiving and remain elevated through the winter […]

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Sudden Death & Grief

Posted on November 8th, 2016
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Last weekend, my family and I had dinner at our favorite local restaurant. Just before the meal was served, at the table next to us a middle aged gentleman, who also was dining with his family, was seized with what proved to be a heart attack. A doctor, who was also in the restaurant, ministered […]

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What You Really Leave Behind

Posted on October 24th, 2016
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In the timeless musical “Into the Woods,” Stephen Sondheim composed a beautiful, thoughtful song titled “Children Will Listen.” One of the lyrics reads: “children will look to you for which way to turn, to learn what to be.” Although Sondheim’s intention was to encompass many ideas, the truth is that what family members leave behind […]

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Burials, Gravestones and Terror in the Night

Posted on October 21st, 2016
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On my fifth birthday my parents gave me a copy of the classic Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. The ninth chapter in the book is called “Terror in the Graveyard.” Reading this chilling account for the first time is an experience I will never forget. Muff Potter, Doctor Robinson and company grave robbing in front […]

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