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Entries Tagged as 'It’s a Matter of Life'

What to do with unused graves

February 8th, 2013 · No Comments · It's a Matter of Life

Kenneth McKenzie Columnist On the average, I meet with 1,100 families a year here at the mortuary. I would guesstimate 50 percent of those people I meet with have already purchased cemetery property. I would say a good 25 percent of those people have now decided to cremate and not utilize the grave(s) previously purchased. […]

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Everything you always wanted to know about cremation but were afraid to ask

January 11th, 2013 · No Comments · It's a Matter of Life

Kenneth McKenzie Columnist One of the considerations that comes up when a loved one passes is what is involved with the cremation process. These “true or false” questions may help you understand this option. True or false? The cremation process takes four to six hours.

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The worst way to deal with loss is to deny, deny, deny

November 2nd, 2012 · No Comments · It's a Matter of Life

Kenneth McKenzie Columnist The holidays can be the most difficult time of the year to deal with a loss. It has been years since my family has been separated by deaths and we were all able to sit at one table together for a holiday meal. The worst thing to do in dealing with a […]

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Learning from death certificates

October 5th, 2012 · No Comments · It's a Matter of Life

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 […]

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When should you dispose of a departed loved one’s clothing?

September 7th, 2012 · No Comments · It's a Matter of Life

Kenneth McKenzie Columnist We each have a unique scent about us that somehow gets trapped within our clothing: your grandmother’s lilac perfume and fresh-baked persimmon cookies; a carpenter’s freshly carved wood; a florist’s flowers; and a mortician…well, let’s not go there. After a death, families often ask me, “When is the right time to get […]

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