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I can answer any questions regarding funeral planning, grief, alternatives to burial, embalming, natural burial, products and ideas how to make a funeral service or memorial service more meaningful and personal. I can't answer questions regarding legal issues, financial planning and what happens after we die.

Experience in the area

I am a licensed Funeral Director in the state of California with 10 years experience.


B.A. from the University of Colorado AA from the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science, now part of the Sacramento Community College program

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I hope to inspire and encourage people to think more creatively when it comes time for funeral planning. It is a difficult time and the path of grief can be easier if you let your creative juices flow. A meaningful and personal event is memorable.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

There are many new ideas and inventions on creative memorialization. Funeral Directors are event planners and need to be marketing all the options available to grieving families.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

well, embalming is definitely controversial. The damages to mother earth are beyond our comprehension.

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Recent Answers from Kellie Gillespie

2017-03-04 Funeral Seating:

Hello Jacki -    I'm sorry your mother has passed on, please accept my condolences.  It sounds like you were not happy with your seating arrangements.  If I were the funeral director I probably would have

2014-02-23 burial:

Hello Theresa-    I am not sure what your question is, it sounds like there is some anger grief in the family,   Be sure to acknowledge your own grief and find healthy ways to manage it.  Invite others

2013-11-07 Burial twice:

Hello Amanda-    Please accept my condolences.  It sounds like there are disagreements, funerals bring out the best and worst in families.  Stay strong and remember grief is normal and healthy and is expressed

2013-10-30 Burial vault:

Hello-  Cemeteries will have their own regulations, you should ask them.  Most often a burial vault is required by the cemetery, it keeps the grass from sinking over the years.  If you already have a burial

2013-07-17 putting mementos in the casket:

Hello Holly-    I think it is a wonderful idea!  Do it!  I would ask or even suggest to your family members to join you, they may have some mementos too!  This is part of the healthy path of grieving.


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