Author Archive for Justin

Animal Omens of Death

Four Legged and Winged Messengers    For eons, people have been telling stories about death, life’s final passage. Oral stories, myths and legends about the topic exist in every corner of the world. These folkloric elements offer warning, guidelines, and tips that reflect specific cultural beliefs and customs. Animals are among the more common messengers of […]

Universal Grief

Grief is UniversalPersonal and Public Loss Post-Tribune Reporter Jerry Davich recently wrote that “grief can be a lonely mourner.” It is an emotion that you feel whether or not you are by yourself. Even in the midst of a crowd it will remain a personal experience. It is a process that cannot be diverted. Davich […]

Santa Rosa April 2017

With April comes new events and activities to explore.  Here’s a list of things to do in Santa Rosa and beyond: Ongoing: Weekly sitting meditation – practice, Santa Rosa Shambhala Center. Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Free meditation instruction available. Open to all. Contact: Apr 5 – Attracting Beneficial Insects – How to bring them into your garden […]

Bicycle Memorials

The Ghost Bike Memorials to those who have passed on come in all shapes and sizes. Most people are familiar with headstones, graveside benches and statues found in cemeteries around the world. While they are on display for all who visit the graveyards where they people are laid to rest, they are very different from […]

Polish Coffin Portraits

Polish Coffin Portraits Coffin portraits have been around for a long time.  17th and 18th century coffin portraits on display at Poland’s National Museum in Warsaw, for example, realistic portrait of a deceased person that had first been placed on his or her coffin for the funeral service. Afterwards it was removed before the burial […]

Santa Rosa March 2017

Santa Rosa March 2017 A Month with Plenty to do! Spring is in the air. Take a look at all of the events taking place this month in Santa Rosa as well as elsewhere in the county.  March 11 – Arbor Day Tree Planting Party. Attend this Park-A-Month volunteer program event aimed at giving back […]

Professional Grievers

Emotional Grievers at Your Service A crowded funeral service is usually a sign that the person who passed away was revered by many. In some settings, a small gathering may be the most appropriate way to honor the unique life of a loved one.  In other instances, the larger the better. Historically, attendance was an […]

Comforts Can Include Coffee

Want A Cup of Joe? There’s a lot to be said for the ways a mortuary can bring comfort to families when they have lost a loved one. This is often a very difficult time because while mourning and coming to terms with the death, family and friends must also make practical decisions about funeral […]

Mortuary & US Post Office

US Post Office and the Dearly Departed This article ran a while ago, but is still news today. Small Business Speaker, Consultant, and Author, Barry Moltz wrote this piece on the American Express Small Business Forum. He included segments of an interview with us.: As it says on the James Farley Post Office in New […]

Santa Rosa February

Santa Rosa February: So Much To Do! There is no doubt that Santa Rosa is chock full of things to do! While the possibilities are endless, here are some suggestions to get you started. Feb 2 – Thursday Night Magic Show – This evening of comedy and brings great entertainment for the whole family. Perfect for […]