The Death Poem

This is such a beautiful poem about death, written and performed by Alysia Harris filmed on stage at Le Poisson Rouge on 13th of January 2011 at The Strivers Row Showcase

Hello and Good Day

Hello and welcome to the blog of Moonlit Trod. A blog about life and death from the perspective of a funeral director.

Losing someone you love is harrowing ordeal. These days more people tend to celebrate the lives of those lost instead of solely grieving for them.

This can be really helpful and I want to share my experiences as a funeral director with the hope that it may help some of you .

The blog as you can see is not quite ready but I would ask you to pop back soon.

Look forward to helping you.

Caroline Hales


The Responsibilities of the Funeral Director

Funeral DirectorOver the years, the responsibilities and role of the funeral director has changed. Currently, modern funeral directors work with families to help them deal with their stress and grief in addition to the duties of the past, which primarily included preparation of the body for burial. Greenhaven funerals have now assumed the responsibility for both the memorial and funeral services which were once handled by the clergy, family, or friends.

Every single detail involved in planning for a funeral is overseen by the funeral director. These professionals complete the necessary paperwork including the death certificate and arrange for the transportation of the body to the funeral home. Because of this, the family and friends of the deceased don’t have to deal with the legal paperwork and can spend time grieving.

GravestoneAfter a loved one passes away, the funeral director meets with the family to make arrangements. Either an urn, vault, or casket is selected. During this discussion, the services are planned and choices are made about grave markers, headstones, pallbearers, music, and flower arrangements. The Melbourne funeral director assists in most aspects of either the memorial service or funeral. The family will not have to write out many checks because payments to third party vendors are arranged by the funeral director. All necessary costs are covered by one payment to the funeral home, which makes the process much simpler.

Arrangements can be made for video slideshows and photos of the deceased to be shown by the friends and family. Room for these items are made available by the funeral director to the family. The funeral director also helps with the selection of thank you notes and a guestbook.

Once arrangements have been made, the funeral director completes the preparation by either cremating or embalming the loved one. Either a licensed mortician working at the funeral home or the funeral director himself will complete the preparations including application of make up, dressing, and casketing. Arrangements are made by the funeral director with the Melbourne cemetery to open a vault in a mausoleum or to dig the grave. In addition, they will speak with the clergy member selected by the family and let them know which music was selected and what the time of the service will be. In addition, they will inform the life insurance provider that the deceased has died and will send local newspapers an obituary.

Melbourne Cemetery ChapelOnce the funeral service is over, transportation to the cemetery from the funeral home is arranged by the funeral director. In addition, they will take flowers from the home to the graveside and send any remaining flowers to hospitals or other locations as requested by the family.

The funeral director’s primary job is to help the friends and family of the deceased get through the funeral without being overwhelmed by details. The professional guidance of the director allows the family to focus on fondly memorializing their deceased family member during their time of grief.