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So Thankful and Incredibly Blessed

Posted in American Military, Animals, Children, Faith, Family, FOOD, Friendship, Gratitude, Holidays, Hope, Inspiration, Kindness, Law Enforcement, Life, Love, Luxury, Mortuary Management magazine, Musing, Pets, Relationships, Sheldon the Tortoise, Tradition, Veterans, Wisdom with tags , on November 26, 2014 by Morguie
For All of these and so much more…


So many wonderful things to be thankful for, every  day!


My Heavenly Creator, from Whom all things come, including my free will;    035


My family;


my  Sweetheart, the life we’ve made together, the love we share, and the good times we’ve had;


my caring and supportive friends;


Wise mentors who lend perspective to widen my views;


Good Samaritans and unnamed others whose words and deeds came when hope was low;


my health, home, and sustenance of daily life;


blessings and extra comforts so many others deserve but do not have;


a life with a sense of purpose, using my writing talent here


and in a leading funeral trade journal;


the love and encouragement  I receive from so many people;


hope, forgiveness, compassion, and humility;




a little mouse to inspire me, lend a voice to my thoughts, and tell the world my story,

even if he isn’t exactly ‘real;’     🙂




the service men and women who bravely defend my country;


peace officers, medics, and fire dept. people keeping safety and order around me;


Sheldon, my tortoise;


Shadow, my loyal angel-dog;


self-control and patience for Hunter, the devil-pup 😛


and a life of special memories, experiences, and meaningful lessons;


that I was born in America, the Land of The Free,


where these things are mine to enjoy without fear, torture, or retribution


and most of all—


a heart to fully cherish, love, and feel SO MUCH for ALL of the above.




Happy Thanksgiving to All. We have certainly been blessed to call you friends.


CJ and Morguie

©C.S. Thompson, 2014.






C J Talks About: Funeral Service– Part 3

Posted in bereavement, Cemetery, Death, Embalming Room, Eulogy, Friendship, Funeral, Funeral home, Funeral Service Professional, Grief, Life, Losing A Parent, Loss, Love, Memorialization, Mortuary, Mortuary Management magazine, Mourning, Relationships, Remembrance, Tradition, Wisdom with tags on March 23, 2014 by Morguie


English: Funeral Service of Marie Thérèse Raph...

English: Funeral Service of Marie Thérèse Raphaëlle at the Paris Notre Dame, November 1746 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


As I have mentioned before, funerals are important because they serve the living by honoring a cherished loved one. There is so much beauty and grace in the tribute given to someone who touches our lives in a special way. A meaningful and thoughtfully planned celebration of that person’s life will be shared with family, friends, and others who wish to show respect and sympathy expressed over this loss. It helps to reinforce the reality of the death so that the work of mourning can begin.

A good funeral director knows how to work with a family to achieve this. It is a very personalized service, one which is unique to each family and their loved one.

 I absolutely want to crawl into a hole and stay there when I hear someone tell me of an experience they had that was less than optimum, or that they did not get to have the detail they wished, etc. To me there is just really no excuse for people to be served poorly. EVEN WHEN I HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT, there is a certain amount of shame and embarrassment one feels when news reaches them that somebody else in the profession treated a family rudely, badly, or anything less than perfectly.

You see, the funny thing about a funeral is, you don’t get a ‘do-over’ and there isn’t a rehearsal. One shot to get it right. PERIOD. So everything is about service.


As many of you know, I no longer actively serve in the capacity of ‘funeral director’ or ‘embalmer’ but I will always be those things in my heart and spirit; I was meant to do that work. I was born to serve others, help comfort others, and at one time, my whole “universe” revolved around establishing myself in funeral service and becoming my very best professional self at it. Everything went to hell when I injured my back, thus ending my hard-earned career status all too soon. Barring that, I’d still be there.

My ethic remains. Deep down I know I still belong to that work. So I serve in a different way today —  in writing about it, helping to educate others about things associated with it, answering their questions about it, and generally befriending folks who are grieving and come by to read a little here. I also write professionally focused articles for Mortuary Management  magazine, a funeral service trade journal, each month, which really is an honor to do.

Today, I thought I might take a moment to explain to you, my readers and regular folks, what funeral service is NOT. (Assuming most are NOT familiar with the finer details of performing the tasks of funeral director or arrangements counselor).

By the way, IF YOU ARE a funeral provider, take special note, if the scenario I describe next fits your style of handling a client-family,  because it means obviously you don’t know what this business is about. 

English: Flower arrangement for funeral Dansk:...


THIS REALLY HAPPENED, an example of which I’ve never witnessed myself (because I never worked with this level of mediocrity or ill-trained staffing in a place), but which had happened to an acquaintance very recently, when she went to arrange her mother’s funeral and burial at a “combo” establishment — cemetery and mortuary all-in-one facility —  and she said she was terribly regretful that she’d gone with that funeral home, in the end. The main reason to do so in the first place was that the mother had begun to look into getting her pre-need plans there and wanted to be buried there as well. The daughter and the family went down to meet with a ‘funeral counselor’ and expressed  their wish to set a service for a certain morning at 10:30 a.m. Turns out, it was a ‘no can do’ situation, which straightaway, in my mind made me think that apparently the place was going to be busy at that time serving another funeral or burial, etc. That would be completely reasonable and understandable and a good reason to decline the family’s request. There are other complexities, possibly for other situations but they did not apply here.

SO what happened?

The DAY was fine, however, according to the funeral counselor,  but the TIME could not be accommodated because…there was a staff meeting set for that time!

Wow! Excuse me? Come again? Did I hear you say, ‘staff meeting?’

WOW! WOW! WOW! Really?


Just to reiterate:

> A funeral service professional is supposed to serve YOU, the family.

> If it would appear that,  by YOUR coming to an establishment and requesting service there is somehow going to be a  conflict with that establishment’s set-in-stone ‘staff meeting time,’ then I would BEG OF YOU, to calmly halt the arrangement, immediately, and excuse yourself. If at all possible, take your business elsewhere.

Go to a place where YOUR NEEDS won’t be such an IMPOSITION; go to a place which makes meeting your needs a PRIORITY of the day, instead.

©2014, C.S. Thompson.












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Posted in Advertisements, Death, Funeral, Funeral home, Funeral Service Professional, Grief, Guest Post, Holidays, Humor, Life, Loss, Memorialization, Mortuary, Mortuary Management magazine, Mourning, Music, Musing, Pets, Relationships, Thought For Today with tags , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2014 by Morguie
English: Portrait of Buffalo Bob Smith and How...

English: Portrait of Buffalo Bob Smith and Howdy Doody: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (from State Library and Archives of Florida). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hi Kids! Do you know what time it is? Hahaha! Noooooo. It’s NOT “Howdy-Doody Time” sillies! It’s Morguie Mousie time!





I’m really excited because I survived YET ANOTHER game of ‘cat and mouse’ with Chester (like Badminton, except I am the shuttlecock)…but MORE SO, because…

…I’m at the controls today — C J is working on her Mortuary Management* submission and the deadline is looming…and, let’s just say, that means a BIG, HUGE, “DO NOT DISTURB!!!”


Even if the house is on fire.
In fact, I thought I even heard her praying for someone to set the house on fire. I’m sure that couldn’t have been right…
Wait until you see what I came up with! It’s too much to believe…it’s really THAT good!

It’s SOOOOOO good…..HOW good is it?

Super pet mouse stardom cannot be far away…can it?     Money

Well, let’s just hope I won’t find myself on the bread line after C J sees what a threat I am…

Our “main feature” is a recent clip : David  Letterman’s Top 10 “Shopping Mall Funeral Homes” which by all gallows humor standards is : simply to die for…what else can I say? 

But first, a word from “our sponsor” at Funeraria  Lopez, down there in friendly, service-minded Guatemala, where Mr. Death doesn’t put a ‘hit’ on the Spirit of Christmas, ‘no way, Jose!’       


jose (Photo credit: dboy)

Wow, check out those girls in the cute Santa outfits! Ummm, but, maybe they should stick to a simple ‘dance’ number next time, heh Jose? Just tossing out an idea, here.

What do you think, Kids? Show me in the comment box below. Try not to brag on me too much though, you- know -who might get a little jealous of the fantastic job I did today…I don’t want to be a cat treat!

lemmling_Cartoon_mouse_on_top_of_a_cheese*Mortuary Management magazine is a funeral service trade publication, for which CJ is a featured monthly contributing author.

©2014, C.S. Thompson.

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2013: A Special Year For Us — Thanks Everybody!!

Posted in Airplane crash, American Military, bereavement, Cemetery, D-Day, Death, Divorce, Embalming Room, Eulogy, FOOD, Friendship, Funeral, Funeral home, Funeral Service Professional, Ghosts, Government Shutdown, Gratitude, Grief, Halloween, Haunting, Heroism, Holidays, Humor, Inspiration, Insurance, Korean War, Life, Losing A Parent, Loss, Love, Memorialization, Mortuary, Mortuary Management magazine, Mourning, Musing, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Patriot's Day, Pets, Poetry, Relationships, Remembrance, Rodeo, Soldiers, Thanatology, Thought For Today, Veterans, WAR, WWII with tags , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2014 by Morguie

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,500 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 58 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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