Archive for November, 2009

Popular Funeral Songs




Soon the Product Gallery will contain the internet's largest collection of funeral songs



I’ve begun work on a new Music category for the Product Gallery. It is fantastic!  We’ve had special programming done to make it easy to add individual songs that link directly to Amazon.  Visitors to the Product Gallery’s Music category can click on any song and hear an introductory sample from the song. It’s so cool. It’s so easy to add songs! And most importantly,I believe that it will be a big  help to people researching the right song for the funeral, celebration of life, memorial ….whatever.

This Music category is sooo important. Art carries our hearts. The perfect poem, music or visual art is a big deal for these extraordinary events.  It feels fantastic to be able to put something together that we believe will really make a difference to people.

Yesterday I was researching Popular Funeral Songs and I spent hours listening to snipits from songs to refresh my memory of how each song goes. I imagined the pressure of having to plan a funeral in a short time and spending hours researching for music for the event. It would be exhausting and stressful. Hopefully, our new Music category will help people short-cut their research and easily consider a limited number of tunes.

What would really be wonderful is if this category could become  interactive, with people making suggestions on songs they used for memorial gathering.

We will make the Music category deep with many subcategories so people can search for songs about just about every conceivable relationship, songs from different cultures, of course different styles of music, instrumentals featuring specific instruments (just bagpipe songs, just flute songs, just piano, just harp…), patriotic songs, songs for pet loss….

Watch over the next weeks as the Music category grows!

The concern, as is our concern with the article library, is overwhelming people. We go back and forth about this a lot and always arrive at the same conclusion… more information is better than us screening just what we think is important or just what we like. The Music category will be huge.

So here it comes, the internet’s largest collection of music for funerals — the Product Gallery’s Music category!  – AC


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Casket conversion kits to honor Veterans


The Jonathan Field Collections Marine Corp Casket Conversion Kit

A new vendor in the Product Gallery has come up with a smart way to convert any casket into a military casket. The Jonathan Field collection makes a high quality military accessories that could adorn any type of casket. Each kit contains the emblems of a specific branch of the military. They also make kits for Police and Firefighters.

Funeral planning for a veteran almost always includes some recognition of the years they served in the military. Jonathan Field’s casket conversion kits are a very classy way to acknowledge military service. – AC

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The Vets



Veterans' Day Assembly at my daughter's Elementary School


My father-in-law served in the Philippines during WWII.  He was extremely lucky and has lots of stories about his experiences in the army.  Yesterday, my daughter’s elementary school had an assembly to honor veterans and the kids were encouraged to invite a veteran to the event. This is a new school for our family; we didn’t know what to expect.

The event was inspiring. Chet was given a star covered named tag that identified him as a veteran. The kids had made star necklaces that read, “Never Forget”.  The assembly was chock full of patriotic songs and presentations.

Toward the end, the student council vice president asked all the veterans to come onto the stage. I escorted Chet to the stage trying to avoid stepping on a the legs of the sprawling, but extremely well-behaved, elementary kids.  The crowd of kids and adults stood and applauded for a long time as we slowly moved to the risers.

Chet and the other vets were individually introduced and given a carnation.

On the way home, Chet told me he had never participated in any veteran event before.  I could hear the regret in his voice. He talks about his army experiences every day. I mean it. Everyday. His memory is failing but these 60-year-old memories are still strong.

Many people who served in the military feel the same way. This explains why there are so many military themed keepsakes  for veterans and their families. The Product Gallery contains the best collection of military caskets in the internet and we have around 15 flag cases for people to browse in the Product Gallery, but there are many more military themed keepsakes available that we’ll have to add in the near future.

– AC


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What are we afraid of?


Why are we grossed out by death? Are we afraid of ghosts?


The New York Times recently ran an Op-Ed piece by a professor at Emery University about American funerals and the trend away from involving the body, a corpse,  in the funeral.  It’s true, most of us are totally grossed out by dead bodies and with the increasing cremation rate, more people are opting for a memorial gathering without the body or even the ashes in attendance.

At a Halloween party last week  friends were talking about the Phillipino custom of taking family pictures with a dead body. They thought this practice was bizarre. These people are progressive and thoughtful and they think it’s gross to be around a dead body. I remember as a child seeing a  embalmed body at a funeral and also thinking it was weird and gross.  Why?

Why do we rush to call 911 the minute someone dies. Get this dead thing out of here! Just moments before it contained our loved one.

Are we afraid death is contageous?

Are we afraid something scary will happen if we touch a dead body if we’re present with it. Maybe we’re scared of ghosts?

– AC

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