We were saddened to learn about the recent passing of Dr. Jacquie Taylor. Funeral service lost an excellent champion in her. An educator, who was also licensed as a funeral director, Dr. Taylor truly “walked the walk and talked the talk” unlike so many others today. In 2013, I attended a continuing education seminar Dr. … Continue reading RIP Dr. Jacquie Taylor
How a Common Death Ritual Made It Harder to Mourn the Loss of My Mother We can barely contain our disgust at this article. In essence, the writer is complaining that the funeral home made her deceased mother look too good, and it has traumatized her. She writes: "I thought she was alive again. She … Continue reading How a Common Death Ritual Made It Harder to Mourn the Loss of My Mother ————-Say What!?
This post originally appeared on sixtyandme.com 6 IMPORTANT FACTS WE CAN LEARN FROM THE FUNERAL OF PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH
Southern Calls is a prestigious funeral service journal. The SouthernCalls.com website has interesting articles and images on their pages that are a mix of old and new. The Funeral Profession page has two separate pages, The Present and The Past. The Present page has this as its headline: THE PRESENT Steeped in history, defined by … Continue reading Definition of Funeral Service
By Melissa Johnson Williams Madame CJ Walker was a remarkable African American woman, a distinguished early 1900’s self made business woman. @Suntimes article about the sale of her estate, Villa Lewaro led me to look at her biography. She is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, NYC.
We submitted this piece to The New York Times @nytimes as an Op-Ed letter seven days ago and have never heard from them. We are publishing it here so our voices can be heard regarding this topic. Recently, The New York Times published an article: Green Burials: At the End of Life, Thinking Outside the … Continue reading Green Burials and Responsible Reporting
By Melissa Johnson Williams It was my great pleasure to work on the National Geographic program Italy's Mystery Mummies. I had the opportunity to work two distinguished anthropologist, one of whom was a living legend at the time. Dario Piombino-Mascali known for his work with the Sicilian mummies made it possible for me to complete … Continue reading Rosalia Lombardo
Dia De Los Muerto, the Day of the Dead, is a formal holiday celebrated throughout regions of Mexico where it originated from October 31 - November 2 (All Saints and All Souls Day), each year. The funeral related industries throughout the world have started dropping the word "celebrate or celebration of life" to replace the … Continue reading Dia De Los Muertos
By Melissa Johnson Williams There was a picture that circulated on the internet recently showing a young man posed at his wake in a laid back style. Many commentators used the phrase "extreme embalming" to describe this supposedly new phenomenon. Most of those commentators know nothing about embalming or its history. If they did they … Continue reading Extreme Embalming
By Melissa Johnson Williams These pages are from the funeral service publications of the early 1900's called The Casket and The Sunnyside. As can be seen in these photos women are prominent in the care of the dead, specifically teaching embalming. More than 100 years ago these women lead the way for every woman practitioner … Continue reading Women In Funeral Service, Circa 1900