7 Unique Sympathy Gift Ideas For The Modern Griever (That Aren’t Flowers)

Gone are the days of impersonalized sympathy gifts that have zero meaning for the person or family who’s grieving. In the past, we could just send a card to someone and call it good.  Now, grief is more complex.  People are less supported and more isolated.  And in that, we’re learning that a sympathy gift […]

6 Service-Oriented Alternatives To Direct Cremation

Direct cremation rates are on the rise, and have been for a long time. Harsh truth alert: People are increasingly seeing that a full blown traditional funeral isn’t only expensive, but also unnecessary. This could be because of the decreasing religious identifications, the pandemic, a lack of value education or… all three. Whatever the reason […]

4 Grief Wellness Trends To Consider Tapping Into In 2022

Grief wellness. A concept that might seem foreign to you. While you’re scratching your head trying to work out what exactly that means, this industry is booming like none other. While Death Doulas and Soul Midwives, also newer concepts, prepare one for death… grief coaches and AI technology help the bereaved face loss with plenty […]

13 (More) Memorable Last Words Of All Time

The last moments of someone’s life are some of the most sacred, memorable, sometimes terrifying and also sometimes exquisite moments. We have heard tales of all kinds: people seeing spiritual and religious apparitions, meeting ancestors who have passed, telling hilarious jokes as they approach the grim reaper, and everything in between. These kinds of experiences […]

Let’s Talk About These 14 Fears Around Death

Let’s just all say it together and get it out of the way… The idea of death is scary for most, if not all of us. It’s the greatest mystery of all in this life. Which is why we’re scared of it. But the great thing is that we can start to ease our fears […]

Lessons on Death, Life & Everything Between with Thich That Hanh

If you find yourself here, you’re likely someone who has spent a great deal of time contemplating your own mortality.  Or, perhaps you came here because you’d like to get more intimate with your mortality. Either way, we’re glad you’re here. Because we have the honor and privilege to sit with and contemplate on one […]

Having the conversation with loved ones

Tips for Having The Talk (About Final Wishes) With Your Loved Ones

It’s one of the most uncomfortable conversations to have with a loved one. The talk. No, not that talk. We mean talking about discussing end of life wishes. There’s never a truly awesome time to bring this kind of thing up… “Hey dad, at what point would you not want to be resuscitated? Now, let’s […]

6 Easy Practices To Be With And Heal Your Grief

Grief is a non-negotiable part of life. What you love, you will lose It is a reality that we must grapple with.  Yet, as you may have noticed by the way you may have felt reading these first couple lines, this truth is not an easy one to accept. So what can we do? What […]

4 Lessons On Grace Learned From My Grandmother’s Life… And Death

My grandmother was definitely not a saint. She cursed often, told dirty jokes to your children, watched Jerry Springer with me often as a young child, and there was a longtime running rumor of her breaking her pinky while chasing my uncle around the backyard with a broomstick. She would have turned 90 in one […]

Death During a Pandemic: Creating Meaningful Moments for Families In Any Circumstance

Even in the best of times, it can be challenging to ensure every single family you serve feels as if they were able to fully honor their loved one at the end of life. During a pandemic, that flipped death care norms upside down. Circa 2020 and beyond, offering this opportunity was nearly impossible for […]