Drive-Thru Funerals

After playing tennis in 90 degree heat, I desperately needed an ice coffee. Being sweaty and truly offensive to society, I planned to wait until I got home. En route, however, my tennis partner spotted a Dunkin Donuts and suggested we pull in. I questioned how it would be less rude to stink up this Read More …

Bourdain on Death

I am a contrarian. Growing up, however, the private schools taught me to “stay inside the lines.” (To be fair to them, if you’re going to stay in a box, the Upper East Side is a very pretty one to choose!) I wasn’t the weird kid in school; I put on a brilliant act, looked Read More …

Could Christmas Cause Death?

We all love the holidays right? Look around; everyone is happy. I’m in New York City, surrounded by friends extra dressed up for holiday parties, coworkers on a sugar-high from all the seasonal sweets, children on their best behavior (hoping to please Santa), tourists eagerly filling the streets shopping or awing at the Rockefeller tree, Read More …

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 …