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What is an End of Life Coach?

What is an End of Life Coach?

Hi, my name is Michelle Carter and I am an End of Life Coach. I’m also a third generation funeral director. I’m actually one of nearly a dozen members of my family who are funeral directors. I have lived in this industry my whole life. I’ve even...
What is a wake?

What is a wake?

Hi, I’m Michelle Carter, your End of Life Coach. And I’m here to answer your most frequently asked questions. What is a wake, or visitation or calling hours? All of these phrases mean the same thing. It’s the act of gathering together family and...
What is a DNR?

What is a DNR?

What is a DNR and how does it work? A DNR is a Do Not Resuscitate order. That is something that is in writing that says that should something occur and you can no longer sustain your own vital life functions like breathing, that life-sustaining efforts like CPR will...
What is a direct cremation?

What is a direct cremation?

 What is a direct cremation? What is a direct burial? In  funeral home jargon, a direct cremation or a direct burial is a cremation or burial that occurs when no other services are rendered. So there’s no embalming, there’s no visitation,...
Do I have to be embalmed?

Do I have to be embalmed?

Do I have to be embalmed? The short answer is no. In most circumstances you have the ability to select services that do not require embalming as part of the process. However, there are scenarios when it is required, but you have the right to choose other options. For...

Photographing the dying and what can be learned

The Seattle-based photographer and writer Caroline Catlin wrote a heartbreaking and beautiful piece for the New York Times about her work as a volunteer who photographs the last moments of the critically ill and their families. There is no rule book about how to be an...