Cryonics

A recent Twitter post talked about cryonics, saying that advanced medical technologies may allow resuscitation and repair of a frozen body in the future.  In 1985 technicians preserved a body using a modern method of cryo-preservation.  This is a technique using very low temperature freezing; optimally -196º below zero.  The Cryonics Institute (www.cryonics.org) website states…

Carolyn Jones (aka Morticia Addams)

By Melissa Johnson Williams Thirty-five years ago today Morticia Addams died. The woman we knew and loved as Morticia was of course Carolyn Jones.  A very talented actress who performed in both movies and television. She crossed several movie genres but even the younger generation knows "Morticia". She was the original and favorite goth beauty.…

Extreme Embalming

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…

The Real Death Deniers

Perhaps it’s a consequence of being on social media, but barely a day passes that we don’t read some nonsense article, post or tweet about funeral service. Shooting ashes into space, turning cremains into bullets (Seriously, With all the gun violence these days !?), mushroom suits, and so much more fill pages. Our colleagues who…

Funeral Customs

By Melissa Johnson Williams While browsing for other books about funerals, I happened upon this. I love the description of it from Amazon. All reviewers give it 5 stars. "A funeral is a ceremony marking a person's death. Funerary customs comprise the complex of beliefs and practices used by a culture to remember the dead,…

Not New and Not a Novelty

There was a time when women were seldom seen working in funeral service. It's not that there weren't any licensed females --there were. But their numbers were not appreciable, and as in many male-dominated industries, they were often relegated to the background and more feminine duties such as cosmetizing of the deceased. By the time…