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Tuesday, 12 April 2022

How to Add Some Color to Your Cremated Remains


Talking about death, memorials and urns shouldn’t be that somber.  A touch of color and beautiful design can bring a sense of comfort and a feeling of light and warmth at a time when you are grieving and hurting. In this episode of the Glam Reaper Podcast, Jennifer had the opportunity to converse with Max and Miles of Oaktree Memorials. Through their wonderful work, this duo always brings incredible support to the family of the deceased from start to end. 


Max Lemper-Tabatsky and Miles Adams co-founded Oaktree Memorials and Trust Loyal after experiencing firsthand how difficult it can be to find modern memorials made from exceptional and sustainable materials. People reached out to them to find contemporary, handmade urns and handcrafted jewelry for their loved one’s and their loyal pet’s ashes.  


LITTLE NUGGETS OF GOLD:

  • Introduction and how Max and Miles co-founded Oaktree Memorials.

  • How do Oaktree Memorials and Trust Loyal brands contrast?

  • What is involved in the production of modern, contemporary memorial urns? 

  • Are they into memorial jewelry as well?

  • For memorials, which is doing better, the human side or the pet side?

  • What is in store for Max and Miles for the rest of 2022?


Resources:

https://www.artisticwoodurns.com/index


Connect with Max and Miles:

Website - https://oaktreememorials.com/

Website - https://trustloyal.com/


Connect with Jennifer/The Glam Reaper: 

Facebook Page: Muldowney Memorials & Rainbow Bridge Memorials

Instagram: @muldowneymemorials 

Twitter

YouTube

How to Get Sued (In the Funeral World)


During the final disposition of the deceased, there are a variety of legal considerations that arise from some interesting, outrageous or even very intimate stories that you won’t believe actually happen for families and relations. For this reason, to avoid any disputes among the family members, it is critical to have some instructions written clearly on how to handle the remains. Jennifer sits down with Chris Farmer in this episode of The Glam Reaper to get some legal insights about the funeral industry and the people they serve. Chris has 15 years of experience in providing legal advice to funeral homes, cemeteries, crematoriums and industry suppliers throughout North America. 


LITTLE NUGGETS OF GOLD:

  • Jennifer's introduction of the guest Chris Farmer and how they have known each other for quite some time.

  • About Chris Farmer's background as a lawyer and eventual role as the funeral industry's legal advisor.

  • Chris' thoughts on why there is a stigma around lawyers and funeral directors.

  • Some very interesting, outrageous and intimate cases that Chris Farmer has handled for the funeral industry. (...Some of them you may not believe actually happens.)

  • What precautions should funeral homes and crematoriums take to protect themselves from litigation?

  • How important is the chain of custody of documentation when a body is going to be cremated?

  • Chris' insights on the new methods of disposition and what can make people gravitate to any of those?

  • What is the one thing Chris Farmer would change in the funeral industry?

  • Jennifer asks  Chris a daring question on what his funeral song would be.

  • Some last thoughts Chris wants to share to the listeners.


Connect with Chris Farmer:

Website - https://www.thefarmerfirm.com/


Connect with Jennifer/The Glam Reaper: 

Facebook Page: Muldowney Memorials & Rainbow Bridge Memorials

Instagram: @muldowneymemorials 

Twitter

YouTube

Wednesday, 2 February 2022

The Modern Mortician meets The Glam Reaper

 



There is so much controversy over the options that are available for the
end-of-life processes due to differences in legislation, corporate greed and
inaccurate information being put out there to people.

Yes there are a variety of end-of-life options that people can choose from,
but ultimately it all comes down to what choice you and the family make
when planning for the final event. That choice will come as a result of education,
and from people who are willing to educate on the level of true information.

Our interview with Melissa Unfred, known in the funeral industry
as the Modern Mortician, is very informative because as an expert herself,
she gives an overview of what the future holds for the industry.
Melissa offers a whole new perspective on the new technology
that can save our planet from destruction by using green practices
such as natural burials or cremation instead of conventional burial methods. 



I encourage everyone to listen and have an open mind in
the preparation for the final event in life.

Please enjoy!



LITTLE NUGGETS OF GOLD:

  • A quick introduction of self by the Modern Mortician, Melissa Unfred.
  • How Kermit came into the life of Melissa and became her partner in crime of sorts in Tiktok and Instagram?
  • A course that Melissa will teach about what processes and training dog owners needs to go through for their dogs.
  • How did Melissa shift to the green burial niche in the funeral industry? 
  • Melissa's viewpoint on educating people on green burial technology and why embalming is not her forte?
  • What are Melissa’s thoughts on the inaccurate information circulated on embalming and being pushed by some influencers and sectors with their own agendas?
  • The premise of having a united educational course or degrees and licensing for the industry.
  • The current methods of disposition that Melissa is advocating for continuous learning.
  • Melissa’s personal preference of burial.
  • What is composting?
  • The variations in Alkaline Hydrolysis or commonly referred to as water cremation.
  • What does Melissa think about the future of burials potentially on cremation?
  • What can the funeral industry do in spite of being the tiny percent of the worldwide industry in saving the planet and its environment?
  • Melissa’s plans and the classes she is developing, that are coming up soon.

Connect with Melissa Unfred: 

Website -https://www.themodernmortician.com/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/TheModernMortician/

Titok - @mod_mortician

Instagram - @mod_mortician

You Tube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maFi_AS9UII


Connect with Jennifer/The Glam Reaper: 

Facebook Page: Muldowney Memorials & Rainbow Bridge Memorials

Instagram: @muldowneymemorials 

Twitter

YouTube

Friday, 28 January 2022

Reimagining Traditional Funeral Experiences With Nike And Cremation


After years of working with Nike in Portland, OR as Creative Directors, Keith Crawford and David Odusanya co-founded Solace Cremation in 2019. The idea came about after their own personal experiences with the death of a loved one and this inspired them to integrate their design expertise and innovative consumer-driven approach to the funeral industry.


The concept of the service they provide to families is the acceptance that they cannot make the loss any easier and take away grief, but Solace can make this part of the loss a lot easier and less confusing. This is another great interview by the Glam Reaper, in which she aims to help people to make informed decisions on the methods of disposition available these days.   

 

 

LITTLE NUGGETS OF GOLD:

  • A brief introduction of self by Keith Crawford.

  • How was Solace Cremation founded and what is the concept behind the startup company?

  • Taking out the funeral homes and bringing it online, how does it work?

  • The growth of Solace Cremation, where are they now?

  • Keith’s thoughts on the funeral industry shifting to new ideas and methods of disposition.

  • How does Solace Cremation choose their cremation partners and how does Keith feel about big corporations scooping up the business from local businesses?

  • The before, during and after service processes of Solace Cremation.

  • Some creative ways families have devised, after the passing of their loved ones to honor their legacy through events. 

  • The fear that so many startups in the funeral industry will be gone after some years.


Check out the past episode with Justin Crowe:

How Your Love One Can Become a Real Life Rock


Connect with Keith Crawford:

Website


Connect with Jennifer/The Glam Reaper: 

Facebook Page: Muldowney Memorials & Rainbow Bridge Memorials

Instagram: @muldowneymemorials 

Twitter

YouTube

Monday, 3 January 2022

The Cycle Of Lives: a Journey Through Emotional Chaos with David Richman



The impact on cancer in peoples’ lives is getting a lot more attention now than it has ever been before. The emotional toll that this takes for patients, survivors and those still battling it can be extremely draining to everyone around them, especially with their families. This conversation we had with David Richman was very insightful as he shared his firsthand experience of having someone in the family deal with the disease.

In this episode, I have David on the podcast to share his story about cancer, how he managed to turn around his life and the two books he has written. These books are bestsellers, one of which is "Cycle Of Lives: 15 People’s Stories, 5,000 Miles, and a Journey Through the Emotional Chaos of Cancer”. Fifteen stories to include those that are survivors, doctors, nurses, etc., giving people a 360 view on cancer.
 
At the heart of the conversation is about choices in life, our perspectives, on whether you are doing your absolute utmost or trying to measure up against other people. Listen to find out what matters most in life in under an hour. Enjoy!

LITTLE NUGGETS OF GOLD:
  • An introduction of self by David Richman, his life’s journey and the point in his life when he decided to start doing things for himself.
  • The compelling “Terry Story”, one of the 15 from his book Cycle of Lives, who in spite of her situation welcomes every morning to see if she got a 50% chance to be happy.
  • Interesting sets of ideas on “Perspective” from Jennifer and David.
  • How was David able to endure the marathons, the triathlons, the 87-mile rollerblade ride and the 47 hundred miles bike ride in 45 days?

Sunday, 5 December 2021

Why Dog Is Good Through Grief, Therapy, Bereavement, at Home and More.


There is a reason why dogs are called man’s best friend. For professional dog trainer Gila Kurtz, a dog can change the way you see the world. Technology is making people seem more connected, but we as humans are more disconnected than ever before. But when you are with your dog, there is that connection that has no interference, a genuine relationship because dogs connect with us in a very heart-centered way.


John and Gila Kurtz found the positive influence of dogs in their lives and decided to set up the  business Dog is Good, which is a lifestyle brand for dog lovers. In this podcast episode about DOG, Gila lets us in her world of dogs to bring awareness about how wonderful it is to have dogs in our homes. Learn how to cultivate a strong emotional relationship with your dogs based on what they can teach us when domesticated! Very interesting interview here so keep yourself glued until the end, where you can get a new perspective on being responsible dog owners. 


Well worth your time!


LITTLE NUGGETS OF GOLD:

  • How did Gila develop her passion for dogs and see the good in them?

  • What are the reasons why she thinks dogs are wonderful to have at home?

  • Dogs are able to fulfill humans' basic need - the desire to be loved.

  • Why does Gila refer to dogs as DOG?

  • Are dogs superior to other animals?  (...An insight on comparison.)

  • Why did Gila create the “Dog is Good” brand?

  • A look at therapy dogs and grieving dogs, and why their roles in both cannot be underestimated?  

  • Gila's message to people about what they should consider before allowing dogs into their homes.

Resources:

Become a Pop-Up Shop owner

Fur Covered Wisdom Email



Connect with Jennifer/The Glam Reaper:

Facebook Page Rainbow Bridge Memorials

Facebook Page Muldowney Memorials

Instagram: @MuldowneyMemorials @JenniferMuldowney

Twitter: @TheGlamReaper

Email us here: glamreaperpodcast@gmail.com