On this podcast from Renaissance Funeral Home in Raleigh North Carolina, we go beyond the obituary to share memories of loved ones who have passed on. We’ll also hear from some people in the death industry – hospital chaplains, therapists, clergy, and (like today’s guest) cemetery directors.

Robin Simonton, executive director of Historic Oakwood Cemetery in downtown Raleigh NC, is so passionate about the history of the cemetery and of the 25,000+ people who are buried there. On the show today, she talks about that history (and shares some amazing stories!), societal norms of funerals, the Death Letter Project which commemorates Oakwood’s 150th anniversary, what exactly Green Burial is, and so much more.

In addition to being the cemetery director, Robin is a speaker and author, and co-wrote “Historic Oakwood Cemetery“, which you can find at Quail Ridge or Amazon.

Historic Oakwood Cemetery Raleigh NC

Robin Simonton, Executive Director of Historic Oakwood Cemetery

Robin mentioned a few stories of people buried at Oakwood, including:

Bobby Crocker

Myrtle Hilton

Rachel Blythe

Burning Coal Theatre Company will be at Oakwood May 17th-19th, and you can find more information and buy tickets on their website!

Renaissance Funeral Home and Historic Oakwood co-host Death Cafe. For more information on what exactly Death Cafe is, and when and where to attend, check out the Renaissance Funeral Home Facebook Page.

Beyond the Obituary is hosted, edited, and produced by Jason Gillikin for Earfluence.

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