Suicide

By Melissa Johnson Williams This week we have heard about two prominent figures that committed suicide.  A sobering statistic reveals that there are approximately 121 suicide deaths each day in the US. As articles poured in about the statistics, we find that it continues to increase over time. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/08/health/suicide-spade-bordain-cdc.html?action=click&module=RelatedCoverage&pgtype=Article&region=Footer Chronic depression and anxiety are sited…

What Is Death Positivity?

By Melissa Johnson Williams We hear so much today about a “movement” called Death Positivity. As a funeral director, I couldn’t tell someone what that means. Once we are born, we all move toward death. It’s just a matter of when and how. It’s also a concept that some people have a hard time wrapping…

Honoring Memorial Day

By Melissa Johnson Williams During the early days of the Civil War, it became apparent that there was a need to identify and develop space for cemeteries to honor those who fought for their country and gave the ultimate sacrifice. On July 17, 1862 Congress authorized the President to purchase cemetery grounds “for soldiers who…

When My Yiayia Died

  Marjorie Kunch is a funeral director, and writer, based in Arizona. When her grandmother died, Kunch, the mother of two young children, searched for books to answer the questions her two young children had about funeral rituals. Not able to find what she was looking for, Kunch decided to write her own book. Written…

The “Creep Factor”

In addition to this site, Melissa and I host a Facebook page for The Morte Girls. This group was created as a place for serious funeral directors to come together to discuss issues with colleagues. We invited some of the best licensed funeral directors we knew, intentionally keeping the group small and manageable to avoid…

This Represents Why We Remember.

By Melissa Johnson Williams This picture and tweet appeared on Loyola Coach Porter Moser: "So many unbelievable images from this journey. Been in & will share later . This 1 touched my. My brother Mitch sent this. My parents gravesite in Naperville. YOU ARE WHO YOU ARE BECAUSE OF YOUR PARENTS! I am here today…

Embalming Facts & Myths

The Value of Viewing the Deceased           By Melissa Johnson Williams Every family that experiences the death of a loved one will have a very important decision to make. That decision is whether or not to see their loved one prior to either burial or cremation. This decision should not be taken…

“I Know Everything About the Funeral Industry” Said the Novice

This photo, and its blurb, sparked this blog post. These days, so many newcomers to the funeral industry have declared themselves "experts." A troubling --and embarrassing development--to true, bonafide industry insiders. They will tell you that the traditional funeral is dead, if you will pardon the pun, and that "green" is the way to go. And…