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Imagineering A Funeral

Posted on November 26, 2019 by Joe Pray | Leave a comment
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My high school speech teacher, a favorite to many, known as “BC”, was dying. I met with BC and her brother, to discuss possibilities for her service, listening as they recalled her interests, stories, and the many high school plays and student activities she had directed. I let my imagination run with the snippets of […]

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40 years, How can you do your job that long?

Posted on July 17, 2019 by Joe Pray | Leave a comment
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Forty years, of providing relief for families The phone rings at 3 am.  The voice on the other end cracks with emotion as the person tells me of the death of their family member.  My own emotions start to well up in empathy for the person who has dialed my number to help them.  My […]

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JOe Sr. and Joe E Pray hold the 48 star American Flag that draped the caskets of Charlotte's Civial War Veterans

The American Flag and Funerals

Posted on May 24, 2019 by Joe Pray | Leave a comment
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The Honor of the American Flag The American Flag, the symbol of our Nation has had a long history in funeral rituals.  The nation’s veterans deserve recognition for their sacrifice for our country no matter when, where, and how they served.   Each veteran, and most service personnel, are eligible for a flag to be used […]

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Cirque Du Soleil and Imaginative Funerals?

Posted on November 14, 2018 by Joe Pray | Leave a comment
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Corteo, the Missing Link What do Cirque Du Soleil and imaginative funerals have in common? Corteo. Cirque Du Soleil description of the show says “Corteo, which means “cortege” in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown….The clown pictures his own funeral taking place in a carnival atmosphere,…” We see a […]

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Do It Yourself Funeral

My Apologies For Making My Job Look Simple

Posted on February 23, 2017 by Joe Pray | 1 Comment
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I apologize that we make our job of conducting funeral services look so simple. Funeral professionals take care of the details of a funeral, memorial, Family Affirmation Service©, or life celebration so the family doesn’t have to.  We do it so well that we make it look simple.  Perhaps that is why some bereaved families […]

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