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Lunch in a funeral home

Paula Davis, funeral director at Heritage Funeral Home in Spokane, truly puts some fun in funeral home, to use the cliche. One to two times a month, she hosts lunches at the funeral home. She invites people she knows in civic and history groups and cooks all the food herself.

During the lunch, in a low key way, she does a sort of “commercial” for the funeral home, talking about the need to preplan and to write your obituary in advance.

She invited me to her luncheon yesterday. Menu: soup and salad and amazing desserts. I sat at a table with Dorothy Powers, Spokesman-Review legend and two local writers, Penny Hutton and T. Dawn Richard, all pictured here.

Paula may be at the cutting edge of a trend for funeral homes in our communities: Make funeral homes seem less funereal. 

(Photo courtesy of Heritage Funeral Home)

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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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