We’re in the fifth week of our new “Dying to Talk” radio program on 107.7 The Pulse and things are going great. So far we’ve discussed cremation, and talked to John Heald, Director of Business Development for Tributes.com, along with funeral directors Mandy Desmarias and Madison Fortin, about how social media is changing the obituary. Then we talked with professional funeral celebrant Victoria Schneider about the rise of non-traditional funerals and the role celebrants have in creating meaningful and customized ceremonies. Last week we had a great discussion with Tikka Acharya, the executive director of the Bhutanese Community of NH, about Bhutanese funeral rites, customs, and ceremonies.
“Dying to Talk” airs every Saturday at 8:00 a.m. If you miss it, the show is rebroadcast on Sunday from 6:30 to 7 a.m. You can also listen to it via podcast – just go to http://www.wtplfm.com/. Part way down the page you’ll see the “Podcasts” section. Just click and listen!
- This Saturday, Oct. 10, the topic will be careers in funeral service and the educational requirements. Our guest will be Sayr Hurley, a mortuary student at FINE Mortuary College in Norwood, Mass. This should be an enlightening discussion about what drives people to be funeral directors and what’s required to become one.
- On Oct. 17, our guest will be Kim Fallon from the state’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. She’ll tell us about the Medical Examiner’s role in investigating sudden, unexpected or unnatural deaths
- Michael Horne, Superintendent of the NH State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen will be our guest Oct. 24. Mr. Horne will discuss the veterans cemetery, benefits, and burial options. This is one veterans should be sure not to miss.
While “Dying to Talk” is a lighter look at topics related to death, funerals, cremation and other issues people don’t normally like to talk about, our goal is also to provide the information people want and need to know. So we want to hear from you: What issues would YOU like us to include in future episodes? Just let us know in the comments, on the Phaneuf Funeral Homes and/or Cremation Society of New Hampshire Facebook pages, or give us a tweet on @PhaneufFHC and/or @CremationNH!