Learning from death certificates

Kenneth McKenzie Columnist When I began in the funeral industry, a death certificate was 7” x 8.5” in size. They have now grown to full sheets of paper at 8.5” x 11”. Each state mandates what information is to be placed on a death certificate and what is not. The state periodically updates the information…

Dreaming

Kenneth McKenzie Columnist Since I started in the funeral profession in 1986, families have shared similar stories over and over with me. One recurring story is the dreams people have within a few days after the death of a family member. Most of the stories are very similar– the deceased seem to come to people…

True or false?

Kenneth McKenzie Columnist There are so many rumors are out there about death and dying and circumstances surrounding the one thing we each will experience. Some of these rumors are so old that many people take them as facts. So I thought I would discuss a few.

It’s a Matter of Life

Why do we need to send flowers to a funeral? I mean, why flowers? Who was the guy that said, “When someone dies you send flowers?” Is it to distract the grieving family from the deceased in the casket? Actually the act of sending or bringing flowers to a funeral or viewing is not as…