My new blog

Today I’m beginning my journey of writing and sharing my thoughts, insights and dreams on “Living and Dying”.

Today I’m beginning my journey of writing and sharing my thoughts, insights and dreams on “Living and Dying”.

(find at www.mkanthony.com)

Eight months ago I spent an intense weekend in Los Angeles with some amazing individuals dedicated to living a more purpose driven life.  As we sat together in a space of love and acceptance we listened to the stories of our lives, the stories of do and can’t.  While it was everyone’s intention to live a “I can do it” life all of us found we most often found ourselves living in the “I can’t” space.  Collectively we all committed to changing the way we went about our daily lives with the intention of creating new strategies, habits and ways of living our lives.  While I have not missed one day of my one hour meditation (pretty impressive, I must say), I have not done much more.  All of my house guests in our group left Los Angeles dedicated to daily meditation and producing 100 days of videos documenting their experiences.  In review of their efforts I am continually amazed by their growth and commitment to its value.  I on the other hand, used publishing my new book as my new life strategy, because the video thing didn’t quite feel right to me.  With all the best intentions of marketing and selling my book I left Los Angeles to begin my new purpose driven life.  The purpose of becoming a writer, speaker, educator, etc. or so I thought.  Very soon I found myself in turmoil with the publisher over printing issues and errors.  I had issues with the cover design and perseverated for weeks over a final copy.  I created months of angst and struggle kicking and screaming through the publishing process.  Looking back, I struggled with committing to changing my habits, and creating new ways of living my life (leaping).  So, I sat there every morning meditating and then went about doing the same old thing, nothing.

Today I begin to share my blog for at least 100 days about my experience with a purpose driven life.  I call it “living and dying” because I see living as moving forward and embracing change and dying as just sitting here.  Today, not wanting to die, I begin my journey.  Wish me luck and feel free to join me and consider finding your own voice to share in our world.  I welcome comments and discussion and I will do the best I can to participate.

To follow my blog click the link www.mkanthony.com  (not easily found on your phone) and you will receive my daily blog in your email.

“Blessing on your journey”

Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt Author, Educator, Grief Counselor Director, Center for Loss and Life Transition

It is the rare funeral director who understands how to serve grieving families with genuine empathy and lives an open-hearted, on-purpose life, personally and professionally. Such a funeral director makes a transformative difference in the lives of thousands.Such a funeral director as Mark Anthony. His words of wisdom in this insightful book will help the readers befriend loss, grief, and death so that they might truly live their precious days here on earth.

Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt Author, Educator, Grief Counselor Director, Center for Loss and Life Transition

Dr. William G. Hoy, FT Clinical Professor of Medical Humanities Baylor University

Principles are borne best on the wings of a story.  With warmth, compassion, candor, and humor, Mark weaves together a tapestry that considers death, consolation, family struggles, abandonment, joy, pure love, and a host of other human experiences. Though this little volume is filled with spiritual musings, his storytelling never resorts to a “preachy” tone. Instead, he gently leads readers through a careful consideration of what it means to make deep, loving connections—with our families, our friends, our colleagues, and our world. In a day when there is so much incivility in public speech, his words are a breath of fresh air, as calming as a warm summer breeze.

Dr. William G. Hoy, FT Clinical Professor of Medical Humanities Baylor University

Bob Cannan CEO, Eagle Productivity Solutions

Mark Anthony has written a book that is so unique, you will never read another like it. He’s a funeral director. But it’s not a book about “My life within the funeral profession,” or “Behind the scenes in the funeral business,” or even his musings on how he copes with his profession. The title says it well. It’s about living and dying.

This is a clear and direct exposition of what he’s come to believe about life during this exceptional, eyes-wide-open stream of experience in dealing with death. The intensity of it has drawn him in to the roots and branches of our families, our strengths and weaknesses, our days of clarity, our nights of blindness. He has found interest and learning in unexpected places, and brings them to our attention. And he shows us important differences in the way we live and die. He states his conclusions, too.

Bob Cannan CEO, Eagle Productivity Solutions http://eagleproductivity.com

W. Kenneth Williams, retired pastor, First Baptist Church of Rochester, NY

This book is a meeting place of science and theology, traditional culture and recent innovations, religious rituals and emotional need. But it is, first and foremost, a personal testimony offered in compelling story. It is Mark Anthony’s story, and his ruminations about life, loss, rituals surrounding death, and the emotional connections that build and support human community Readers from all walks of life will be enriched, and communities will be strengthened, and healing of the bereaved will take place because Mark Anthony has chosen to tell his story.

 

W. Kenneth Williams, retired pastor, First Baptist Church of Rochester, NY, and Chaplain Emeritus, Brighton Fire Department, Brighton, NY. Williams has served as grief counselor in pastoral practice and as critical incident stress management consultant for emergency services. He resides in Durham, North Carolina.

Living and Dying – The book

Message from Mark,

 

Please take a moment to read my new book.

Available through our web site at http://www.anthonychapels.com

Endorsements

“His words of wisdom in this insightful book will help the readers befriend loss, grief, and death so that they might truly live their precious days here on earth”.

Dr. Alan Wolfelt

“Encourager, courageous, bold, compassionate, interesting. These are words that come to mind as I reflect on my experience with Mark Anthony’s latest work…and it’s an experience as much as it is enlightenment”.

Alan Creedy

“With warmth, compassion, candor and humor, Mark weaves together a tapestry that considers death, consolation, family struggles, abandonment, joy, pure love and a host of other human experiences”.

Dr. William G. Hoy

“Everyone will be able to move one step closer to healing when they read this thoughtful story”.

Mark Cuddy

Welcome to my Blog

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Thank you for finding your way to my online space.

It is my goal to create a page that is worthy of your valuable time.  Being a transformational guide in funeral service has led me to examine and test different theories and beliefs about life and death.  This space is dedicated to the challenge of experiencing transformational change – changing from old normals to new normals as a result of change in our lives.  With hope and love at its center, we celebrate and honor the journey.  Blessings on your journey.

Mark…

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