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The twilight’s last gleaming

August 15, 2014

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Kenneth McKenzie Columnist Last week, I was approached to help “retire" flags as the other funeral home in the area has recently changed their corporate policy and will no longer honor this gesture. Even after 25 years o...

Dealing with a motherless Mother’s Day

May 2, 2014

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Ken McKenzie Columnist When we physically lose our mothers to death, our normal daily routines are uprooted and redirected forever. When Mother's Day comes around, it can make the formerly anticipated holiday feared. Just a...

Mortuary vocabulary 101

February 21, 2014

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Kenneth McKenzie Columnist When completing tasks around the mortuary, it is not unusual for me to blurt out something to an apprentice such as “get me a church truck." Typically, I can overlook the fact that a new appre...

Giving Santa the boot

December 13, 2013

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Kenneth McKenze Columnist I was reaching the age when I was beginning to doubt that Santa Claus was real. It was the day before Christmas Eve, and since our entire family would be joining us at our house for Christmas Da...

Making room at your Thanksgiving table

November 8, 2013

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Kenneth McKenzie Columnist It seems like just a week ago that we put away our fancy linens, fine china and turkey platter, but once again, it's that time of year. Read More »...

Pre-planning and pre-paying are the way to go

October 4, 2013

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Kenneth McKenzie Columnist By making your own arrangements in advance, you take away the guesswork for your family, with what you want or do not want. Pre-planning will help keep your family in emotional check, by helping them ...

Old mortuary stories debunked

September 13, 2013

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Kenneth McKenzie Columnist No matter where I go, and someone finds out what I do for a living, there is always this story shared with me: Yeah, my uncle worked at a funeral home when he was in college, and it was ...

Given the choice…

August 9, 2013

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Kenneth McKenzie Columnist Isn't it scary working in a funeral home around all those “dead people?"  I don't know how many times I, or anyone who works with me, is asked this question. The simple answer is just this...n...

Answers to questions you were dying to ask

July 5, 2013

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Kenneth McKenzie Columnist Last month I opened the floor for anyone that had questions or comments about my monthly column. You really surprised me with some interesting issues.   Sandy P.  Why do you funeral directors all ...

It’s just birth…in reverse

May 2, 2013

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Kenneth McKenzie Columnist I was driving around a couple of weekends ago, doing my normal thing: yard sales and estate sales. I watch like a hawk for signs written on florescent-green paper or hand-written cardboard signs ...

Handling a delicate form of cargo

April 9, 2013

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Kenneth McKenzie Columnist I received a call a few days ago from a woman while she was reading the daily obituaries. She told me, “I have a very strange question." I told her that I had heard it all. “Well then, first of a...

Doing it before it’s too late

March 1, 2013

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Kenneth McKenzie Columnist Last night I conducted a funeral service here at the mortuary chapel. The services were for a man who had died unexpectedly. At his service, many family members, friends and neighbors stood ...

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