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Episode 30: The Potato Chip Mogul

Posted in Celebrities, Charity, Death, Embalming Room, Funeral, Funeral home, Funeral Service Professional, Gratitude, Legacy, Life, Mourning, Personal power, Remembrance with tags , , on January 20, 2015 by Morguie

English: A pile of potato chips. These are Utz...

 

When CJ was away, attending mortuary college, she had been blessed to find a position inside a rather infamous group of mortuaries in the big city. She worked in a large service center for a conglomerate— inside this service center were many, many people, all deceased, who needed preparation for burial (or cremation). Since the service center served more than a dozen facilities, it was a bustling beehive of activity, in two shifts each day. CJ attended classes in the morning and afternoons so she worked alone at night in this mid-city place.

She was just beginning her shift one evening

, which was just after ordinary close of the office, when she received a call from one of the mortuary executives. Apparently, there would be a delivery that evening of a V.I.P. and she was instructed to handle the embalming of said v.i.p. immediately upon his arrival. Now, you must understand that the rules and strict policy of this service center dictated that all paperwork, especially a signed authorization for embalming, MUST be forwarded to the service center or there would be NO prep work, period. That also happened to be the law. But mind you, the exec calling for this job was habitual in his ordering of work BEFORE the paperwork was sent. Therefore, the rest of the prep room personnel typically blew the guy off and ignored any requests he would make to do work without papers.

CJ knew he was good for his word…he ALWAYS was. But, she knew he was ‘old-school’ in that he didn’t exactly follow the rules, by the book. She also felt, that because his name was on the sign out front,  that she could rely on his word. So when he called that night, she automatically agreed to do as he asked, because she knew the papers were a formality that would be cleared by morning.

Later, as she worked on this still warm body, she secretly rejoiced that she had an opportunity to ‘knock one out of the park’ by delivering to the exec a very well-done body, perfectly preserved and looking so well for his v.i.p. funeral coming within the next few days. What she didn’t know about the v.i.p. is that he would be a particularly well-loved, highly reputed man within this huge metropolis…a special businessman of great fame and fortune. Furthermore, he was nearly considered a living saint in his inner circles; he was a prime benefactor for a nearby university. He’d spent much of his life working to champion educational causes and worthy scholarship opportunities for underprivileged but promising youths of high intellectual quality. Those students he would help would go on to do great and noble things with this higher learning opportunity, thanks to his tireless efforts.

After the v.i.p. had been laid to rest on an afternoon later that week, CJ received a special visit from the exec in charge of the potato chip magnate’s arrangements — the exec came down to the prep room to very ‘publicly’ laud CJ’s efforts in making the man look so good. The exec thanked her so much for her beautiful work to make the v.i.p. look so good for thousands of mourners to view. The rest of the staff took notice. They began to whisper and snicker, right in front of the exec, as he was well aware that they purposefully ignored his instructions all the time. He turned to tell them of the 10,000+ people who came to view this magnate, and the beautiful compliments that came afterward. He proceeded to tell the story of the v.i.p. and the very important accomplishments and contributions the man had made in this huge city. The college stadium was filled with mourners, he told the room. The snickers stopped. Looks of envy were falling across the faces of her more experienced peers. How they wished they could be the ones spoken of so highly. CJ had been the low man on the totem pole — until now. But she had worked hard to earn this praise. Earned it she had, and there was certainly no shame in that.

C J

C J

©C. S. Thompson, 2015.

2014 In Review — Special Thanks To You

Posted in American Military, Family, Friendship, Funeral Service Professional, Gratitude, Grief, History, Holidays, Hope, Inspiration, Life, Patriotism, Soldiers, Thought For Today, Tradition, Veterans, WAR, Wisdom, WWII with tags on January 1, 2015 by Morguie

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To Our Devoted Followers and Accidental Tourists,

Loyal  Friends and Family:

Our existence would cease here, were it not for your solid support and encouragement…

We owe what we are here…TO YOU. And so, we want you to know how very much that means to us and the heartfelt

affection and gratitude we hold for each of you…Thank you Ever So Much. We are very happy to get 2014 behind us…as many of you know,

we have had an extraordinarily hard year, as we have had to bid farewell to at least 10 of our dearest family and friends.  It seemed like a mass exodus had launched in

a very short period…6 or more just from the end of May to the end of July…it made for a time of low creativity and lots of days between posts.

We only averaged 2.4 posts a week, which is abysmal, especially since most of you are prolific with your own blogs, rain or shine, even in your own adversities.

If YOU can do it, then so can we. We are going to be more focused in 2015, more engaged, and we sincerely hope

to catch up on reading the huge volume of your uniquely interesting posts, giving you back some of the support you were so gracious to give to us.

So, thank you, again… we are humbled and honored to be able to know such talented and fascinating people; to have your friendship.

We want to Especially Thank our Faithful (visits and comments on nearly EVERY post),

Encouraging and Engaged Fans —if not, the most luxuriously whiskered, as in David’s case — 😛

❤ Lord David Prosser  http://barsetshirediaries.wordpress.com/

xxx HUGEST HUGS to Our Prince of Wales xxx

 Suz Jones — http://suzjones.wordpress.com, our kind and uplifting Lady from ‘Down Under’ ❤

gpcox  — http://pacificparatrooper.wordpress.com/    A truly amazing military historian,

 honoring America’s vets by telling of their sacrifices , ordeals, and victories serving WWII and Korean Wars

— Gp is dedicated and respectful, insightful and always factual — We salute you!!

Dan Antion– http://nofacilities.wordpress.com/ —  kind, empathetic, and thoughtful

— and quite a talented craftsman of both word and deed, a kindred soul—

Special peer in the ‘dismal trade’ who’s sincerely dedicated to family and community,

Ray Visotski   — http://villageundertaker.wordpress.com/  — beautiful stories of small town American funeral director –

Thanks for being THE top referrer for our site, Ray…

also thanks to Lucy,  http://wifeafterdeath.com , Gloria aka GrannyGee

and SOOOO many others who take time out for us. You are awesome!

We lift our glass up in a toast to you:

We wish you all a very Happy, Healthy, and Successful New Year!  We hope that 2015 is good to you in every way.

Always,

C J   2015and Morguie 

 

 

 

© C.S. Thompson, 2014-2015.

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If I Died Today — My Music — Song #4

Posted in Death, Eulogy, Family, Funeral, Funeral Service Professional, Future, Inspiration, Life, Losing A Parent, Loss, Memorialization, Music, My own, Planning Ahead, Pre-planning a service, Relationships, Remembrance, Thought For Today, Video Clips with tags , on August 30, 2014 by Morguie

This was the first song I decided upon, years ago…I thought it was appropriate, especially considering I was focused on becoming a funeral professional at the time. I played hell trying to find this song in print (a hard copy) and the first time I purchased it through Amazon it came from a group called “Dario” and the minute I put it into the player I realized the “Dario” version was NOT the right version. Then through the modern miracle of “You Tube” I was able to discover the RIGHT version…which of course, by then, was no longer available in the hard copy form. Timing…ah well…not to worry…more modern miracles of technology made it possible to obtain a hard copy.

 

By the way…if you have the time to discover the other music this group, Fiction Factory, made, I suggest you stay or look at the “You Tube” listings for their other work. I loved them. Too bad they were only really popular in Europe…quite talented…what a shame for us here in the States.

 

Hope you like the selection…CJ and Morguie

 

If I Died Today — My Music — Song #3

Posted in Death, Eulogy, Funeral, Funeral Service Professional, Future, Hope, Inspiration, Life, Love, Memorialization, Music, Planning Ahead, Pre-planning a service, Remembrance, Thought For Today, Video Clips on August 29, 2014 by Morguie

My third song — If I died today — would reflect my resistance to getting old, haha.

 

Thanks for coming by,  CJ and Morguie

 

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