The Healing Power of Stories

Words fail us when we’re grieving. No matter where we are on our journey, grieving the death of a loved one or offering comfort to someone in mourning, our ability to communicate feels inadequate in the face of deep pain and tremendous loss. While platitudes such as “I’m grateful he’s no longer suffering” or “She’s… [Continue Reading]


He had it his way: Father’s funeral stops at Burger King drive-thru so tearful daughter can bury him with one last Whopper Jr.

A Pennsylvania man with a life-long passion for fast food got a whopper of a funeral when his procession made one last visit to a drive-thru Burger King. Marking 88-year-old David S. Kime Jr.’s love of the popular restaurant chain, family and friends picked up 40 Whopper Jr. burgers on the way to the cemetery… [Continue Reading]


Creating The Songbook of Your Life

When Steve Jobs passed away on October 5, 2011, music was an instrumental part of his private funeral as well as the life celebration tribute held a few weeks later at Apple’s head office when thousands of his employees stopped work to celebrate the memory of the technology giant who helped usher in the computer… [Continue Reading]


Ashes to diamonds: B.C. company turns family cremations into gems

Rene de Diego was very close to his grandfather and wound up with his ashes after his death. “I didn’t really know what to do,” said de Diego. But the Vancouver man did some research and found out there were companies making ‘memorial’ diamonds out of cremation ashes. “I thought it would be great to… [Continue Reading]

Rene de Diego, president of Remembance Diamonds Corp., with a diamond made from his grandfather's ashes, on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012.
Photograph by: Steve Bosch, PNG

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Funeral fashion faux-pas

Kyla Tichkowsky remembers exactly what she wore to her friend Darren Zenko’s funeral last month — a collared bright green sundress that hit her just above the knees. Wearing black never occurred to her, mostly because it didn’t properly express the love she felt for Darren, whose life she was determined to honour and celebrate…. [Continue Reading]

Is funeral fashion getting too casual to pay appropriate respect?
Photograph by: © Kzenon, Fotoliacom