Reunited

Posted on May 26th, 2016
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He was only a few weeks old when Death came to call. It was November of 1963; his parents lived in Savannah and chose to bury him in a local cemetery.  Time passed, their lives changed, and work necessitated a move south.  Although they were hundreds of miles away from their son, he was never […]

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Not My Circus. Not My Monkeys.

Posted on May 19th, 2016
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Not my circus. Not my monkeys. I absolutely love that. The first time I ever heard it was during a conversation with my daughter about I-don’t-remember-what . . . but it was definitely something extremely annoying and definitely something out of her control.  She exited bookkeeping, turned around and came back through the door, looked […]

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Rumors and Lies

Posted on May 12th, 2016
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In case you missed it, Prince died a couple of weeks ago. I walked into the front office and someone mentioned his death to which someone else replied, “Wait a minute.  Is that like THE Prince or is that like Prince Somebody?” Less than five minutes after the man’s death was announced, the theories began […]

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Reflections

Posted on May 5th, 2016
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Warning. I am about to make a tremendous understatement. Holidays are tough. There. I said it.  Holidays are hard when grief gets in the way.  Maybe not every holiday.  Maybe not Halloween or St. Patrick’s Day so much.  But those holidays that center around family—like Christmas and Thanksgiving—and those that focus on one particular person—say, […]

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No Man Is An Island

Posted on April 28th, 2016
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She was minding her own business, focused on the task at hand, so she never saw it coming. She did not realize there was evil within reach, disguised as something so innocent . . . so ordinary.  She did not know until it was too late. The situation as described could relate to any number […]

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No Shrines Today

Posted on April 21st, 2016
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Recently my daughter-in-law came by the funeral home. I’m not sure why but she really doesn’t have to have a reason . . . especially if she has the grandkids in tow. My son—her husband—took the opportunity to show her all the stuff we’d renovated . . . the two newly redone staterooms . . […]

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He Doesn’t Own a Watch

Posted on April 14th, 2016
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A few years ago a woman called wanting to schedule a funeral for her husband on the following Saturday. It was early in the week but it’s not too unusual to have families that wish to wait until the weekend to hold a service.  It gives some folks the opportunity to attend that might otherwise […]

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Gone Too Soon

Posted on April 7th, 2016
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It’s been a tough week in Savannah—or as one employee put it, a heavy week—and as I’m writing this it’s only half done. It isn’t because of the number of families we’ve been called upon to serve; it isn’t because someone well-known in the community died or because we lost one of our own.  When […]

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Mind Over Matter

Posted on March 31st, 2016
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Long before I was even a consideration, my great-grandmother began a Shackelford tradition—during the week of Thanksgiving she would prepare a feast for the employees and their families. I tend to believe it was held the Tuesday before the actual holiday, mainly because that was the day I remember as a child . . . […]

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Old Habits

Posted on March 23rd, 2016
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Last Thursday we worked frantically, trying to get everything ready to open the new lounge in Savannah . . . the lounge that is on the first floor rather than at the top of 15 labor-intensive steps. The nice Coke people brought us a newer machine than the one we had—and finally managed to get […]

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