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10 Things I Wish You Knew About Funerals

Linda StuartFunerals, Death, and Dying5 Comments

Funerals may not be part of your Sunday family dinner conversation, but—having grown up with funerals in our family business—they have been part of mine for virtually my whole life. Couple that with my vocation as a Life-Cycle Celebrant, and I’ve learned a few things about good end-of-life ceremonies. Here are the top ten things that I wish you knew … Read More

Goals And The Heart’s Intentions

Linda StuartLife's Journey4 Comments

  The New Year is often a time for setting goals and making resolutions. While I agree this practice can be useful, it can also be disheartening, leading to feelings of failure and disappointment. The year 2017 was a bit like that for me. Beginning enthusiastically with my lofty list of goals ready to fulfil, I was overflowing with gusto … Read More

Celebration of Life or Denial of Death?

Linda StuartFunerals, Death, and Dying, Life's Journey, Marking Milestones13 Comments

  People are often surprised when they learn of my love-hate relationship with the term “Celebration of Life.” “But you’re a Celebrant!” they say. “Doesn’t that mean you like to celebrate?” Well, yes…and no. It depends. Let’s take a look at Google’s definition of the word: Call me a killjoy, but I’m not a huge fan of the “happy funeral” … Read More

Born on the Fourth of July

Linda StuartLife's Journey1 Comment

“How will I teach him to tie his shoelaces?” During those initial chaotic moments in the delivery room, that was my first coherent thought. His due date was July 1—Canada Day—but, fittingly, he arrived instead on the Fourth of July. Independence Day. “He will be fitted with a prosthesis and that will help him manage,” the doctor told me. My … Read More

RIP, Ordinary Funerals

Linda StuartFunerals, Death, and Dying1 Comment

As fewer and fewer North Americans seek what was once considered the norm, the ordinary funeral (often on the more “traditional” side) appears to be nearing the end of life. And there are many reasons and theories as to why this is occurring. We live in a more transient society, where families and friends may be dispersed from one another, … Read More