MyRespects Blog

The Origins of Dia de los Muertos and Halloween

Each year, in the end of October and the beginning of November, Dia de los Muertos and Halloween celebrations coincide.  Both holidays involve costumes, treats and an abundance of death imagery. Inte...

Seasonal Depression: Celebrating the Holidays After Loss

It’s that time of year again.  Days are getting shorter, and mornings are downright chilly.  Christmas gear is beginning its annual retail take-over, and “pumpkin spice” everything is unavoidable.  So...

How Will You be Laid to Rest?

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “final resting place”?  Until recently, I had not given this subject much thought. I just figured I would be buried when my time comes, becaus...

Three Cheers for Funeral Directors!

I recently read an article that pulled at my heart strings as a mother.  It was about a woman who had to bury her teenage daughter due to a tragic accident.  She detailed the process of read...

I Can't Afford to Die

The sad truth in America today, is that older Americans are more afraid of running out of money later in life than they are of death itself.  In fact, according to a recent Transamerica study, 43...

Writing Your Loved One's Story

Writing and journaling may not be a part of your daily routine, but during a time of loss, writing in any context can be a meaningful experience. Taking inventory of emotions and occurrences during a...

What is Assisted Suicide?

What is an assisted suicide?  Is it legal? Is it moral? Is it ethical?  Who decides?Assisted suicide is often confused with euthanasia and is sometimes referred to as "mercy killing". &nbs...

Farewell to Burt Reynolds

Reynolds was an talented athlete, but a devastating car accident ended his college football career in 1957.   Finding his talent for acting obviously changed the course of his life. Thereafter, Burt...

Coping With the Loss of a Pet

When you have loved an animal truly, their passing can be devastating. In fact, the physical responses of grief can even affect your health.  When it was time to say goodbye to my nearly 15 year...

Talking about Assisted Care

“Mom, I think we need to discuss a different living arrangement for you.”This was the beginning of a conversation I endured between my mother and my grandma, just a couple of years ago.  My grand...

MyRespects at NFDA 2018!

MyRespects is pleased to announce that we will be attending the National Funeral Directors Association, International Convention and Expo in Salt Lake City, UT, October 14th through the 17th. We invi...

Finding Love After Loss

Not all loss is created equally.  If one were to lose a child, it is understood culturally that they will grieve that loss forever, maintaining their fierce love for that child always.  Why...

A Farewell to Senator John McCain

Senator John McCain passed away August 25th, following almost a year-long bout with brain cancer.  Senator McCain wore many hats throughout his 81 years, in politics, in the armed forces, and as...

Speaking to Children About Death

Speaking to Children About DeathThe topic of death can be a tricky subject to discuss with others.  This becomes even more challenging when the conversation involves children.  Recently, there was a s...

Where do you celebrate?

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Where do you celebrate?At first, this seems like a word association game, I say “celebrate”, you say….  However, if we ponder the question of where we should commemorate an occasion, our mind wou...