Designate a funeral representative who will honor your wishes

Posted on September 18th, 2019
Posted by under Cemeteries, Ceremonies, Cremation, Funerals, Pre-planning
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Until 2016, Michigan law rigidly dictated who could serve as your representative for funeral arrangements. There was a hierarchy of next of kin: Spouse, parent, siblings according to age and so on. But families can be complicated, scattered or non-existent. A new law lets you designate who will handle your funeral and final resting place. […]

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The power of funeral poems

Posted on April 26th, 2019
Posted by under Ceremonies, Funerals, Grief, Pre-planning
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For many of us, when we think of funeral poems we think “Funeral Blues” by W.H. Auden in the movie Five Weddings and a Funeral: Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, Silence the pianos and with muffled drum Bring out the coffin, let the […]

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Michelle O'Hara, William Sullivan & Son Funeral Directors

Six ways funeral pre-planning can simplify your life

Posted on April 3rd, 2019
Posted by under Cemeteries, Ceremonies, Cremation, Funerals, Green burial, Pre-planning
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By Michelle O’Hara It’s hard to think about your own death and even harder to talk about it. In my experience, though, once the conversation begins it brings great satisfaction and sometimes even great joy. As a funeral planning educator at the Sullivan Funeral Home in Utica I advise people in all elements of pre-planning. […]

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Michelle O'Hara, William Sullivan Funeral Directors

Meet Michelle O’Hara, funeral planning educator

Posted on March 1st, 2019
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Michelle O’Hara has joined the staff in Utica to exclusively help people plan their funerals in advance. While she’s had customized training in the field she says the thing that prepared her best for her work was her experience as an elementary school teacher. “I’m using my education degree but in a different way,” she […]

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