Death of a Funeral Director

Today, I was informed that a previous co-worker had lost his long fight with cancer. Although for years, I knew this moment was inevitable, I could not help but let the tears run down my cheeks. There is something that one would (inappropriately) say is ironic about a funeral director passing way. Most of us Read More …

“Life Ending” Expo

  While on a recent trip to Japan, I was struck by a few realizations. The Japanese are perfectionists. Unlike Americans, who thrive for “McMansions” the Japanese are not fixated on making things bigger, but rather better. Whereas we adorn rooms with massive flower arrangements, they would choose one magnificent perfectly-placed flower or plant to Read More …

“Liking” is not Enough

Many have written about sharing their loss on Facebook, but rarely do we get to hear from someone as close to the company as Sheryl Sandberg. She recently opened up to the NY POST http://nypost.com/2015/12/16/sheryl-sandberg-says-serena-williams-helped-her-cope-after-husbands-death/ What I appreciate most about her interview is that she reiterates what I have always held to be true; Facebook Read More …

Do More than “Like”

Do More than “Like”Many have written about sharing their loss on Facebook, but rarely do we get to hear from someone as close to the company as Sheryl Sandberg. She recently opened up to the NY POST http://nypost.com/2015/12/16/sheryl-sandberg-says-serena-williams-helped-her-cope-after-husbands-death/ What I appreciate most about her interview is that she reiterates what I have always believed; although Read More …

#Deceased

In an attempt to handle all funeral-related issues, I have gotten multiple degrees and certifications and am continually furthering my education. The most fascinating and educational moments, however, always come from everyday life. Because funerals are still a taboo topic in America, and there is no up-to-date Emily Post guide to modern funerals, I receive Read More …

The Cheese Stands Alone

Growing up, I was reminded to, “be the cheese!” Although few understood the meaning behind this, I did. My parents were referring to the classic childhood nursery rhyme, “The Farmer in the Dell.” The whole song is about everyone joining together (from the farmer is taking his wife down to the cat taking the mouse.) It Read More …

Latvia – Popping the Cemetery Cherry

Annually, I take a quick trip with my best friend from business school, Amunjeet. We happen to be perfect travel companions; we are interested in the same activities, keep the similar hours, and have each other constantly laughing. The only difference is, as a devout Sikh, she was always a bit disturbed by my obsession with funerals and Read More …

How did I get here?

I had no idea what I wanted to do for a living, but I was certain of one thing… I would NEVER wear a black suit to work. Needless to say, my daily attire was the less shocking parts of my career choice. After my father passed away and I planned a unique funeral for Read More …

Back to School

Back to School The decision to leave Frank E. Campbell in New York City and move across the Atlantic to get my MBA was one of the most difficult and wonderful choices I’ve ever made. Interestingly, however, it was all the reasons that I had initially run away that inevitably drew me back. I was bothered Read More …