The ‘Cooling Board,’ Explained

Today we thought we would pass along this gem we found a few weeks back. It is an old-fashioned implement, the cooling board, explained beautifully by the town’s funeral director. The gentleman also speaks of his years caring for those bereaved in his community through their darkest hours, his family’s funeral home, and his personal realization that age has become an obstacle that hinders his ability to give his mental or physical best to the work anymore. He gives a candid and thoughtful testament to what it means to serve others as a small town director. We hope you enjoy this selection as much as we did.

Have a beautiful day and thank you for coming by…we hope you’ll have something to say in the comment box before you go.

Hugs,     C J  and  Morguie



C J's- Mortuary College Pic 1999

C J’s- Mortuary College Pic

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16 Responses to “The ‘Cooling Board,’ Explained”

  1. wow that was great to watch. so interesting! i keep telling my husband i have cost him enough monry in life so he can have my body put in a cardboard box and cremated or leave me to medical science once i am gone! lol!


    • We hope you honestly don’t mean to say such a dreadful thing. It would no doubt hurt those that love and cherish you most. Funerals are meant to help those left behind honor those they have lost. You have no doubt made an indelible mark of lasting love on friends and family…even strangers…that’s the point of living a full, purpose-filled life, isn’t it?
      We wish for you all the best wishes in your quest for health.


      • no it’s not serious, just a joke between ourselves stemming from my shopping habits. i know the importance of a funeral is the symbolic goodbye for those close to us and that the work you do is full of honour, so important and intimate, i can’t find the right words to explain myself. i have always felt that those who chose to care for our remains to be a very special type of person. sorry for my poor choice of words tonight, my brain is on strike! i should have made it more clear in my comment that this was out little in joke.


  2. Thanks for posting a very informative video. There are things one always learns about this topic. The toxins that people working in this industry inhale are dangerous and one must be careful handling them. Very brave and super humans work for this industry. I salute them.


    • No Dear Samina, we are just humans, like everyone, but thanks so much for that. It’s so nice to be held in high regard. It is not work for just anyone to ‘undertake’ though. It takes a special person, I believe, to care for the dead—and for the living who grieve the dead, as well. The preparation creates a bit of a health hazard—and then, we suffer, too, the hazard of sorrow, even for complete strangers, as we attempt to comfort those who come to us. We take home that day’s events and that burden and we deal with it as best we can. Some of us do it well. Some things are hard to forget, however. All in a day’s work? Not hardly. Just part of the work. Just part of what makes that work so very special. Thank you for your kind and thoughtful words.


  3. CJ, the funeral director seems so very caring and proud of the work he does, just as you are.
    Very informative and interesting post.


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