This is a prime example of why planning and creating a trust and/or will is so important. Granted, we all don't have Prince's fortune...yet he had the means, and legal and financial experts that should've supported him.
My workbooks are a great resource for planning! Available on Amazon.
“The heirs have waited for almost six years to have some control over how the Prince estate moves forward.”
I love history. Especially women's history and the history of forward thinkers.
FUNERAL INDUSTRY BLACK HISTORY!
Henrietta Duterte was the first female undertaker in the United States of America. She became an undertaker in 1858 after her husband, a coffin maker died. Born free Henrietta often hid slaves in coffins to ensure their safe passage through the City of Philadelphia. Her undertaking business became one of the most successful businesses in Philadelphia burying both blacks & whites. She is now interred in Philadelphia's Eden Cemetery, the oldest black-owned cemetery in America!
Features 1.14.22 7:23 PM Features Even funerals aren’t safe from disruption — meet the woman shaking up the $20 billion death industry Felicia Barlow Clar helps people save money and arrange creative funeral alternatives, such as a “celebration of life” or having ashes shot into the sky a...
Felicia teaches us that the dash between the dates of birth and death is what we need to celebrate. As an events planner and after seeing that funeral homes were simply templated, Felicia wanted to find a way to personalize each person’s life celebration. In normalizing death as...
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, long a champion of environmental causes, asked to be aquamated -- a more eco-friendly process of breaking down the body than traditional cremation.
I am so excited to finally announce my latest endeavor. My first 5 guests are phenomenal disruptors, helping change the conversation around death.
This first series is about building the foundation for something new at the end of life. My producer will be distributing these on all major podcast platforms. Launching November 29th.
Patricia LaVallee (grief counselor, Willow Educator);
Kaija Barlow Dallessandro (funeral director... and my sister so I get to dip deep!);
Patti DiMiceli (her story of grace after the loss of her 4-year old daughter and turning grief into gratitude is one everyone needs to hear);
Josh Slocum (Executive Director of the national chapter of Funeral Consumers Alliance); and
Grayson Orphe (a consumers point of view, future Minister, & Louisiana native on the intention behind their funeral rituals).
Please share AND listen in.
We will be putting these on my YouTube channel as well.
If you're in Annapolis, come learn the SACRED foundation behind #DiaDeLosMuertos
When I worked in corporate events and studied in film school, I never imagined it would bring me to this life changing work 2.5 years ago.
I assist families with planning true celebrations of life and sharing their loved one’s impact. Legacy. To know people feel a sense of joy - even while grieving - is so moving and rewarding. 🕊🦋🌸 I feel this is how it should be. Personal. Reflective.
Today we honored a young man who touched my heart so deeply…and I never met him. A real light worker. So many lovely compliments on the video. Thank you to my fabulous editor. 💕
In This era, personalizing a funeral service is considered a standard rather than a preference. Some families start to recognize and plan for a meaningful By Alex Hamilton In This era, personalizin…
We all experience grief different.
MOVING FORWARD, NOT MOVING ON
“Moving forward” or “moving on”. They sound like such similar phrases, don’t they? But in the context of grief the difference between “on” or “forward” is huge.
When you’re grieving for a precious pet – or indeed a person who you love – people will often say things like, “Isn’t it time you moved on?” or “You’ll move on eventually” or even, “I’m glad to see you’ve moved on”.
But the idea of moving on from a loved one can be incredibly distressing.
Moving on implies leaving something behind. It suggests that the animal, for example, was a moment or place that you can put behind you when, in fact, he or she was a member of your family and you’ll never get over that loss – not in the way that moving on implies, anyway.
Each death doula is unique in their service offerings. I consider myself an End-of-Life Care Doula, educating about the various alternatives available to honor our loved ones, including meaningful Celebrations of Life.
I started my company after helping many transition to the other side. Planning my sister's service with the funeral home, I found outdated templates and the process itself was transactional. As a society, we can do better....and I do.
AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Ashley Scott describes the emotional side of her job as a death doula like a fountain in the middle of a lake. Her job is to help shepherd a dying person through an experience that is so intimate, common and yet mostly taboo in American culture.
Covid-19 Funeral Expenses Aid The devastating effects of the COVID pandemic have been far reaching. I believe it is so inherently wrong for anyone to go into financial debt to bury their loved one. There are many resources and alternatives available that may help. This is a new program from the US g...
The funeral Saturday for the Duke of Edinburgh, who died in his sleep Friday at age 99, will reflect his green ideology, reported The Sun, which noted that he was among the first to highlight climate change in the 1950s.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. FEMA's mission is to help people before, during and after disasters. They are dedicated to helping ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the virus.
Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.
At Epilogues Tributes, we assist the bereaved and those facing the end of life with creating a Celebration of Life service that captures the essence and legacy of their loved one in a meaningful, personal, and joyful manner, so that moving through this challenging time, you feel supported and given the space to grieve.
With the expedient rise in cremations, the possibilities for a meaningful remembrance event are endless. Events can reflect personal spiritual beliefs, traditions, and rituals tailored to suit you, not the checklist handed you. It’s about creating your own sacred space. Cremation offers flexibility with time and allows us to accommodate you when it is most convenient to you. Virtual services can also be tailored and gather loved ones from a distance.
After experiencing tremendous back-to-back family loss and being tasked with planning the details of the service, I changed the focus of my production company because I realized everybody's unique story deserves to be told in their own way. The funeral industry claims to be offering personalized services, but trust me...they still use templates. And often those templates don't fully express our loved one's life...and legacy. I know they didn't with mine, and I know what the industry is missing.
The "Death Positive Movement" exists to reshape and destigmatize our understanding (and fear) of our own mortality. Why do we leave this very important part of our lives up to others to decide? Now more than ever, we can realize the status quo isn't our only option.
I also help those ready to reclaim their end of life with personalized pre-planning tools so they feel prepared in lessening the suffering their loved ones will eventually face.
Everyone’s life matters; we each have a story, a legacy ⏤ the life lived between birth and death ⏤ the dash on a tombstone. At its very core, embracing death is a reverence for life.
My experience in hospitality, entertainment, and corporate events the past 25 years gives me the skills and resources needed to create personalized memorials, while my training in the CareDoula®️ End-of-Life Awareness Sensitivity program provides me tremendous insight into the support needed. This is truly a special calling and privilege to be able to serve others in this way.
Felicia Barlow Clar is the On Purpose Woman Global Community Member in the Spotlight this week. Read all about Felicia and show her some love.
Epilogue Tributes. I assist the bereaved with planning a personalized Celebration of Life, and consulting on the growing alternatives modernizing the funeral industry. I’ve been in this business for 2 years. But it is a division of my main company, Barclar Entertainment, which I began in 2006 - originally called Crabtown Concierge. It’s been a true entrepreneurial journey of growth, digging deep into my path and niche, and pivots.
I live in Annapolis, MD. Currently, for a personalized memorial service, I serve the general DMV area. For my end-of-life workbooks and consulting, I offer services virtually, so I am not restricted by location.
Ideal client: The bereaved and those facing loss. In an ideal world where we humans finally discuss our mortality without fear, it is every adult. All of us need to think about what happens to our loved ones left behind when we leave our bodies, as well as the legacy we wish to imprint.
Why I started this business: When my stepfather passed in 2017, and then my sister shortly after in early 2019, I realized there is a tremendous need for event professionals in the funeral industry. The cremation rate has risen drastically the past few years, and they’re still using methods created for the Civil War. We were handed templates and checklists that simply did not express anything personal about my loved ones. Because of my 25 years of event and video production experience, I knew the questions to ask and how I could personalize details. I had guests up and dancing at the end of my sister’s service — that’s who she was. I implemented smaller details into my stepfather’s service, but I’m not done with legacy projects around his life. I’ve been slowly researching for a book and producing a documentary about him. Every single person has a story, purpose, and impact.
What I most love about what I do: Being of service and offering a mind shift around the conversation of death, from grief to gratitude.
A piece of professional advice that has worked for me: “Be careful who you’re stepping on on the way up, because you might be rolling over them on the way back down.” My stepfather was a master connector and power player in the DC hospitality world. He worked around many high-powered politicians and VIPs, including presidents and royalty. He saw what happened behind closed doors. He shared this when I was in high school and I can honestly say I’ve never stepped on anybody to get anywhere. I’ve done some pretty exciting things in my life, and I’ve given more than I’ve gotten. I feel like I can call on most people I’ve met, when/if needed…and I also sleep well.
A piece of personal advice that has worked for me: There are 2 states of being. You can either live in a powerful/beautiful state or a primal/struggling state. Look at the world as if everything is working in your favor. This is how I shifted my attitude towards loss.
Website Link: https://celebratingthedash.com/
Facebook Business Page: https://www.facebook.com/epiloguetributes
[email protected] 410-263-3937
I’ve just completed 2 end-of-life planning workbooks that will be for sale on Amazon in the next few weeks. They are completely new concepts from what is out there already. One details many of the modern alternatives now available beyond funeral homes. The other is planning your memorial service from an event professional’s perspective.
I am really honored to be this week’s Member in the Spotlight. I’ve been involved in some way with this community since 2006. I adore Ginny and the community support is heartwarming.