Cremation’s popularity is changing death’s rituals

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Maya Angelou honored before death at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery

  Oprah was present and payed tribute to Maya on this special day.  Read about it...
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“Organ donation lets life continue through others”

Originally publicized in the KC Star by Jeanne Phillips on March 11, 2014. DEAR ABBY: I work in a palliative care unit in a local hospital, and I’m all too aware of how important it is to have one’s end-of-life wishes documented, notarized and on-hand in case of an emergency. I remember reading an essay that appeared in your column years ago; it eloquently described the desire of the...
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Feature Story on KSHB TV

 Feature on KSHB Complete Traditional Funeral Care and Cremation To be with a family in their most difficult times is an honor. Signature Funerals is based on principles of trust and compassion. We take great pride in offering personal funeral care to families in the greater Kansas City area. With funeral directors licensed in Kansas and Missouri, we offer complete funeral care to you with...
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Life of the party: Facing death, Shannon Anaya chooses joy KC Star, April 21, 2013

NEWS Life of the party: Facing death, Shannon Anaya chooses joy April 20 BY ERIC ADLER The Kansas City Star The appointment will be routine, the young mother expects. She settles into the doctor’s office, a silver and green oxygen tank propped at her side.        TODD FEEBACKFamily and friends paid tribute to cancer patient Shannon Anaya’s life at a party in February at...
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Whom to Thank: Miss Manners published in Kansas City Star– April 9, 2013

Whom to thank DEAR MISS MANNERS: At my father-in-law’s recent wake, there was a guest book. I assumed its purpose was to give the family a record of those who attended, but my wife explained that it had the additional purpose of providing the list so that thank-you notes could be sent. This surprised me. Presumably everyone came to show respect for the deceased, sympathy to the family, or both....
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3 Things Everyone Should Know about Hospice Care by Janet Hessenflow, Executive Director Crossroads Hospice

originally published in Living Well Magazine, Summer 2012 1.) Hospice is a philosophy of care.  It treats the person rather than the disease and focuses on quality of life.  It surrounds the patient and family with a team of professionals who not only address physical distress, but emotional and spiritual issues as well.  Hospice care provides all necessary medication and equipment.  It also...
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A Caring Presence–Volunteer program at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City

A Caring Presence–Program at St. Lukes Hospital It’s a heart-breaking scenario that many families experience: Before they can get to the hospital and say goodbye, their loved one passes away. But Saint Luke’s Hospital offers some peace of mind. The “No One Dies Alone” program ensures companionship for patients at the end of their liv es. Called NODA, the program is part of Saint...
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Have a funeral–even if the deceased asked that you don’t. -The Rev. Douglas Taylor-Weiss

reprinted from the Auburn Citizen.  September 8, 2012 People say sill things about their funerals.  We do that because we will not be the ones grieving when our time comes: others will be.  So we say things like, “Oh don’t make any fuss over me,” or, “Just have a big party in my honor!” or, “Live good lives and sprinkle my ashes at the golf course, ”...
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A memory of kindness spawns a ministry

  FAITH WALK | SARAH DEMAREST GUTHRIE, KANSAS CITY A memory of kindness spawns a ministry It was a muggy night in Virginia. Inside, my friend lay dying. The hospice nurse didn’t know how much longer. The family was coming. Outside, moths dive-bombed the porch light. The doorbell rang. I didn’t know her, but as she stood at the door, package in hand, she said sadly, “I didn’t...
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The Birdhouse Project

‘Birdhouse Project’ helps cope with loss BY SARA BEANE Special to The Star DAVID EULITT Michele Shanahan-DeMoss of Independence lost her daughter, Blair Shanahan Lane, 11, who was killed when a stray bullet struck Blair in the neck on July 4, 2011. A class at the University of Kansas Edwards campus helps victims of traumatic stress to build birdhouses as a tribute and as therapy. The...
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NATURAL BURIAL Johnson County family designs a burial that supports feelings & pocketbooks By Steve Nicely The grandchildren of Randy and Nancy Jobe gather at the stone marking the site of Randy’s natural burial. Some months ago, Nancy Jobe attended a presentation in Kansas City. The talk was by Sally King, vice president of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Greater Kansas...
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Funeral Etiquette—-Miss Manners

Q DEAR MISS MANNERS: What is the acceptable social response when an immediate family member of the deceased approaches you at a funeral and says, “Thank you for coming”? Do you leave it simple and say, “You’re welcome,” or something a little more heartfelt like, “This is where I want to be, supporting you and your family”? A GENTLE READER: But if you make that heartfelt...
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A good death: Witnessing the final days of a Kansas nun BY JUDITH VALENTE

I have always had a terrible fear of death. Perhaps it comes from having parents who were middle-aged when I was born and looked more like my friends’ grandparents. Grandparents had the unfortunate habit of dying. I feared my parents would do the same, leaving me bereft. As it turned out, both of them survived well into old age, my mother dying at 86, my father at 97. That still...
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