My Affiliation With The LBGT Community Spans A Lifetime…

My Affiliation With The LBGT Community Spans A Lifetime...

It’s no “big secret” that I have strong ties within the LBGT community.  In fact I’m often surprised by how little people actually know regarding how they band together to help others by dressing up in drag to benefit area charities.  My friend Jim pictured below (far left bottom row) gifted a beautiful set of … [Read more…]

Appraisal Appointments, Funerals & Fundraisers..

Appraisal Appointments, Funerals & Fundraisers..

My morning kicked off with a flurry of emails regarding the loss of my aunt who was also a twin.  June Sullens was a fireball of fun with a quick laugh and love of life and I’m not sure how her twin Jean will ever recover from the loss of her sister. Just a few … [Read more…]

What Is The “Funeral Rule” And How Does It Work? 

What Is The "Funeral Rule" And How Does It Work? 

The Funeral Rule went into effect on April 30, 1984.  Funeral providers are required to give consumers accurate, itemized price information and various disclosures about funeral goods and services.  In addition, the Rule prohibits:  Misrepresenting legal, crematory, and cemetery requirements;  Embalming for a fee without permission; Requiring the purchase of a casket for direct cremation; … [Read more…]

Pet Funerals- Why A Ceremony Gives Closure To Owners…

Pet Funerals- Why A Ceremony Gives Closure To Owners...

Yesterday morning, my twin sister Cindy Daniel sent a text that she had found the pet Guinea Pig I had bought the twins 3 years ago dead.   Since one of the twins were home sick and the other (and far more emotional) twin at school, I decided to compose a quick prayer for Charlie and … [Read more…]

Roles Of Volunteer Clergy At Area Hospitals As Pastoral Care Staff Members…

Roles Of Volunteer Clergy At Area Hospitals As Pastoral Care Staff Members...

Most consumers and patients don’t realize that members of the clergy on site at area hospitals are not employed by the hospital because we are volunteers.  Often my role is as a hospice clergy to offer comfort to families during the window of passing for the patient and occasionally for the patient if they have … [Read more…]

Interview At NOH8 Campaign With The Pawning Planners March 2015 Dallas CW33 NewsFix

Interview At NOH8 Campaign With The Pawning Planners March 2015 Dallas CW33 NewsFix

A lot of things have changed this past year with one of them being the legalization of same sex marriage in Texas.  Gone are the days of driving to Oklahoma with my Texas Twins Events/Pawning Planners Team.  When my twin sister and I along with our Little Pawners were pulled aside for this interview, many … [Read more…]

Funerals, Family Fights & Fun Memories? Inlaws & Outlaws Bring The Drama…

Funerals, Family Fights & Fun Memories? Inlaws & Outlaws Bring The Drama...

Some of my “most memorable memories” these past five years have been at funerals. Just as a first meeting with a new client can be unpredictable and often surprising- funerals are often more drama filled than the weddings, pawning parties, Liquidations & baby showers!  Why? Because #Cindyism “When you are the trail boss- the road … [Read more…]

Why My Life Is Dedicated To Making A Difference First & Earning A Living Second…

Why My Life Is Dedicated To Making A Difference First & Earning A Living Second...

My journey has never been based on “getting rich first” mainly because I’ve always had to work hard to earn a living.  Most folks had parents or grandparents to fall back on while my twin sister and I had each other. The families we meet rarely have anyone to fall back on either when they … [Read more…]

Understanding Complicated Grief Syndrome, Hoarding & The Death Of A Loved One…

Understanding Complicated Grief Syndrome, Hoarding & The Death Of A Loved One...

In psychiatry, complicated grief disorder (CGD) is a proposed disorder for those who are significantly and functionally impaired by prolonged grief symptoms for at least one month after six months of bereavement.  It is distinguished from non impairing grief and other disorders. Understanding the symptoms of complicated grief isn’t easy but, there are signs:  Persistent … [Read more…]

Families, Funerals & Fond Memories With A Few Funny Stories…

Families, Funerals & Fond Memories With A Few Funny Stories...

Yesterday while reading a remembrance while at a visitation for Jo Ann Caffey, I was struck by the powerful message- “A Wife, a Mother, a Granny too, This is the legacy we have from you, You taught us to love and how to fight, You gave us strength, You gave us might.  A stronger person … [Read more…]