Is Direct Cremation Right for You?

You may have already made the choice between burial or cremation, but have you considered a traditional funeral home service versus a direct cremation service? Don’t worry if you are wondering what the difference is — most people haven’t heard of direct cremation....

Barbara Karnes’ Self-Care Rituals for End-of-Life Workers

Speaker, educator and author, Barbara Karnes, R.N., is a thought leader and renowned authority on the dying process and a leading educator for families, health care professionals and the community at large. She is perhaps most well known as the author of “Gone From My...

Bridging Isolation at the End of Life

Almost two years ago, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote about the dangers of loneliness to our health and efforts to combat it, like the UK’s “friendly benches,” encouraging people to connect. Little did any of us know that the COVID pandemic beginning a...

Scattered Cinema: Films Where ‘Ashes’ Take Center Stage

The “ash” scattering scene of the Big Lebowski gets a lot of attention, but it isn’t the only film where cremated remains steal the scene. Here are 10 movies we found where cremated remains are a key part of the story. By the way, we noticed in many of these films,...

‘Last Words’ Project Aims to Create Community Around Death

Crystal Meneses wears many hats. She’s a death doula, a chaplain for a local hospice organization, a music therapist, a death cafe facilitator, a grief counselor, a volunteer for several charities and transport worker for a mortuary. But the 39-year-old Oregon native...