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Supporting a Loved One with Cancer | Be There with Heart and Hand

Having a loved one face cancer is something that no one can truly prepare for. Unless we have faced this struggle ourselves, it can be impossible to understand what they are going through. However, there is plenty that you can do to support them as they go through treatment. Emotional Support Being diagnosed with cancer […]


It is with the saddest heart that I must pass on the following news: Please join me in remembering a great icon of the entertainment community. The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection and complications from repeated pokes in the belly. He was 71. Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin. Dozens […]

Cast of Monty Python’s Cremation Mishap

In an interview with Robert Klein 1998, the cast of Monty Python had and “unfortunate” urn mishap with the cremains of Graham Chapman. Although these were not the real cremains, the skit was absolutely hilarious at the time. Graham Arthur Chapman (8 January 1941 – 4 October 1989) was an English comedian, writer, actor, author, and one […]

FYI Stats On Organ Donation

At the time of death, deciding about organ donation can be overwhelming for a loved one. For this reason, it is very important to consider organ donation ahead of time.  Considering whether to donate your body or your organs is a very personal and often a difficult decision. The following information is intended to help […]

Who Died First? Who Died Last?

Put the following celebrities in order by the date they died. (earliest to latest) John Wayne Tiny Tim Curly Howard, born Jerome Lester Horwitz (Three Stooges) Charlie Chaplin Mary Tyler Moore Andy Griffith             Answer: Curly Howard, born Jerome Lester Horwitz (Three Stooges) – January 18, 1952 Charlie Chaplin – December 25, 1977 John […]

The Transport of Cremated Remains

According to the CANA (Cremation Association of North America) website, the following are the rules for transporting cremated remains.   FOLLOW THESE RULES… Use of the term CREMATED REMAINS here refers to both human and pet cremated remains. Considerations listed also apply to either the entire collected remains or smaller, divided portions thereof. There are […]

Was Stephen Hawking’s brain donated to science before his cremation?

Let’s first learn a little more about Mr. Hawking.  Stephen William Hawking CH CBE FRS FRSA (8 January 1942 – 14 March 2018) was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author, who was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time of his death. He was […]

The Birth and Life of Death Cafe

Almost six years ago, in September 2011, Jon Underwood held his very first “death cafe” in the basement of his home in east London. He put out tea and cake, and had people gather to talk about death, mortality and the finitude of life. That first cafe, inspired by the ideas of Swiss sociologist Bernard […]