Thoughts of an Undertaker's Daughter

Do We Need Covid Closure Ceremonies Anymore?

Is there a “Best Before” date on a funeral? Does time extend grief or make it go away? Would our loved one want us to hold a Celebration of Life for her a year after her death? We at the James Rei...
By Sarah Reid
Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Green Burials: A Sustainable and Deeply Personal Alternative

Published by Sustainable Kingston ( on July 7, 2022. They also publshed a Podcast at the same ti...
By Sarah Reid
Friday, July 8, 2022

"Tsunami of Bodies": Covid in the Funeral Profession

"Tsunami of Bodies": Covid in the Funeral Profession Author’s note: since writing this, I contracted Covid as so many in Ontario have in late March/April 2022. I know first-hand that we are not le...
By Sarah Reid
Friday, April 8, 2022

Streaming Goodbye During Covid-19

*Names and identifying details changed. I wake into morning light filtering through the blinds. I stretch my hands up into the empty dimness above me. Today these hands are charged with holding fa...
By Sarah Reid Hedberg
Thursday, May 28, 2020

Religion? "Open," just like my funeral

This Christmas Eve saw me sitting on the couch beside my mother-in-law with laptop open, planning her funeral. She lives in Ohio, has pancreatic cancer, and just moved to an Assisted Living residen...
By Sarah Reid-Hedberg
Friday, January 4, 2019

Celebrations of Life

What Exactly Is a Celebration of Life? I was recently asked this by a family member at our funeral home, James Reid’s.  It was in the context of reviewing the first anniversary of her father’...
By Sarah Reid-Hedberg
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Living Life, & Death, Online

It's nice to have a real person on the other end of the phone when you have a question. It's great to sit down with an expert when searching Google has left us confused. But to HAVE to speak to a p...
By Sarah Reid Hedberg
Friday, August 24, 2018

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