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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Green Burial services

Green Burial, Green Healing

Posted on December 29, 2016 by Joe Pray | 1 Comment
Posted under Family Stories, How to develop a memorial, Uncategorized

A Green Burial provides Healing in a simple ceremony Green Burial met the needs of a recent family we had the privilege of serving.  They came to us to develop a “simple” service and burial. We talked about their deceased family member’s life and the memories they would cherish and the things she stood for.  As […]

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Do-It-Yourself, or Volunteers, or Professionals

Posted on August 6, 2016 by Joe Pray | Leave a comment
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My family has been planning a wedding this summer. Excitement pulses through the family as we discuss what the bride and groom want in the ceremony, the music,  and decorations for the church, the reception, the menu, and the cars for the bridal procession between the ceremony and the reception. Decisions are made on each […]

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