Saturday, August 27, 2011


Today marks a special moment for me here at the Brighter Side. Today is my 200th post.

We've been through a lot here. Most of which as been bright. I love sharing my perspective with you and getting your feedback. Some post still make me cry when I look back on them. I am constantly reminded that even what seems like a bad or dark day,  can eventually be viewed as something positive if we learn from it.

It's ironic that we started this thing back in Spring of 2010 with a peek at the Caribbean  cruise that we took our parents on in March. What an experience that was. And it turned out to be the last big trip that my mother took before her death in May of 2011. While it was a lot of work to put that whole thing together and make sure they were everywhere they needed or wanted to be during the entire trip, it worked out to be one of the greatest things I could have ever done for them. And now, we are fast approaching a week long Caribbean cruise on our own. A reward of sorts. I will absolutely take you all along through this virtual word of blogging.

I've enjoyed over the past year and a half "meeting" all of you. I feel like I know each and every one of you on one level or another. I started this blog for my husband to have a venue to write about some of his experiences in the funeral business. He is still nervous about the whole idea even though he see's how successful it's been. Although our personalities are very similar, I have to admit that I get a lot of my funeral humor from him. Perhaps with a little encouragement we can get him writing.

I love to share some of the stories of things that happen in our every day work and to look back at some of our history in the body removal business too. But it was the 30 day blog challenge that really opened up my world. Through that, I was able to open up about myself and let you, the reader know a little more about where the stories were coming from. I think that grounds them and gives them credibility. During the challenge is when my own mother passed away. And I learned what the business was all about.

It has been a growing and learning experience on this end like never before. And I hope that I've helped you along the way too. Be it with my life lessons, my inspirational quotes, every day life, funeral stories or what I call my brighter days post when I just try to lighten up our corner of the universe. If you get a quarter as much out of this as you've given me then you're life is truly blessed.

Behind every face there is a story. And the real decision is whether or not you want to hear that story.

It's an interesting life from the driver seat of a hearse. Death is never easy. I see it all and am here to share with you what I can.
It's not all about death. It's about life. Many headstones have two dates on them. This blog is about the dash between those dates.
This blog is about the brighter side of the grave.

I look forward to many more interactions with all of you. Thanks for visiting and making the Brighter Side of the Grave what it is.

"May you LIVE all the days of your life"   - Jonathan Swift

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forestwalk/laura k said...

congratulations on your 2ooth!
i'm kinda new around here...and haven't had much time to wander through the past...but i promise to get to it before the next 100 rolls around!

Stephanie said...

Stew I love read your blog! I feel like I take something from each of your posts. A sort of life lesson I guess you might say.

I wish Eddy would post more often as I know he has so much to share! I do often wonder why he doesn't ....because I know he is never lost for words :)

xoxo' both of you

John Gray said...

I have written 2858 posts!
I cannot believe it!
200 or 2000 the memories are priceless

MorningAJ said...

Congratulations! Here's to the next 200 and the 200 after that, and the 200 after that....and so on. xx

Jim said...

Hey Stew! HAPPY 200th post!
Your blog attracted me right from the gitgo....I have always been intrigued by the whole life/death thing. And I like your your perspective on it!

Now it's time to for your hubby to say a few words......we're waiting and we won't bite you! Honestly. We are just hangin' around here to learn a thing or two.
Have a great week guys!

Calling Ravens said...

Congrats Stew! I've enjoyed reading all 200 posts and look forward to many more from you and your hubby!

Anonymous said...

Jack said... We enjoy reading your thoughts and adventures... Tell Eddie I am waiting patiently for his input!

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AJ-OAKS said...

Congrats on the 200th! I really enjoy reading your posts. It is fascinating to learn about the other side of funerals.
And I also feel like we are friends thanks to the blog world.