Ask the Undertaker – Your Pet

Ask the Undertaker The year was 2002 when the cremation industry was forever changed. In what would become a 40 million dollar lawsuit, heavy state regulation and an overhaul of proper management in the world of cremation, a situation arose in Georgia. Let’s just say in very simple terms, a crematory wasn’t doing their job. […]

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Ask the Undertaker – Memorial Day Remembrance

  Ask the Undertaker Memorial Day Remembrance “It was hot in April 1942 when more than 75 thousand of us, starving, dehydrated, ill and/or emaciated began a march of nearly 80 miles through the tropical heat of the Philippines. Despite the poor conditions, the Japanese command calculated this to only last 3 days.  They obviously […]

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Ask the Undertaker By Ryan Helfenbein Perhaps Frank Sinatra was not only a great singer, but something of a visionary when he sang the lyrics of his classic, “My Way,” in 1968. This song, written by French composers with lyrics reworked especially for Sinatra by Paul Anka, is about a man reflecting on life as […]

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Ask the Undertaker

Ask the Undertaker By Ryan Helfenbein We all have experience with (and opinions about) insurance. It has become a go-to mechanism for protecting ourselves against the “what ifs” that may occur. Car insurance is mandatory to cover part of accident damages. Homeowners insurance is required to cover some damages to our home. Health insurance is […]

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Ask the Undertaker

Ask the Undertaker After a rough Winter, we all have been anticipating the long-awaited Spring and the official opening area of pools on Memorial Day. This holiday also offers a day off from work and school, when family and friends gather together for an outdoor picnic. But is today’s Memorial Day celebration much different from […]

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Ask the Undertaker

Ask the Undertaker By Ryan Helfenbein We live in a society that is all about getting the most accomplished in the least amount of time, don’t we?  Everywhere you look, there is another example of this “more is better” mentality — in manufacturing, housing developments and even food production. But what about funeral services?  Can’t […]

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Ask the Undertaker

Ask the Undertaker By Ryan Helfenbein During this past holiday season my family did its annual visit to see Santa.  While our two boys were (very impatiently) waiting for their chance to talk to the man in red, we noticed a family that had brought their four-legged friend along to see Santa too. This family […]

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Ask the Undertaker

Ask the Undertaker By Ryan Helfenbein Part of every funeral director’s education involves studying the American history of funeral directing. Directors in training learn about the development of the industry, how embalming got started and the ever-so-interesting topics of grave robbing and devices invented to signal a “premature” burial. My studies included the use of […]

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