Death, Drafts, and Directors: A fresh approach to looking at an age-old profession- By Neil Fogarty

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Every old Western seems to have the role of the undertaker somewhere in the movie. For centuries society has relied on this profession with many names from undertaker to mortician to the modern Funeral Director. Regardless of the name, we tend to not know or misunderstand this role. Often death, embalming, and funerals elicit a… Read more »

A Death Café Is NOT What You Think- By Neil Fogarty

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I know what you’re thinking, “what on earth is a Death Café?”  Well it isn’t a morbid or macabre event held in a dungeon or creepy old house and it is not solemn and somber time either.  So then what is a Death Café?  The origins of this movement go back to a Swiss sociologist… Read more »

Festival Kick off at Calvary Cemetery- By Desiree Roose

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The First Annual Before I Die Ohio will take place this October in DAYTON, Ohio. The festival will kick off Thursday night, October 27th at historic Calvary Cemetery in Dayton. We will begin with a historical look at the cemetery and the famous people who reside there.  Calvary Cemetery was established in 1872, on 100… Read more »

What is Rock of Ages?- By Desiree Roose

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You will hear Dodds Memorials promote it all the time, but many of our customers come in and still are unsure of what Rock of Ages is! Rock of Ages is a Vermont-based company that owns quarries all over North America. They are well known for their Blue Gray Granite that comes out of Vermont…. Read more »

Shop LOCAL with us! – By Desiree Roose

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We hear it all the time “I didn’t want to go to Dodds because they are a big conglomerate and I want to shop local.” It astounds us every time that people think we are some big corporate business! Yes, we have six locations, but did you know that our whole company consists of 30… Read more »

Dodds Memorials: A History you Probably Didn’t Know: Alfred T Ringling- By Desiree Roose

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The Ringling Brothers were known in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as the Circus Kings of all Time. The seven Ringling brothers transformed their small touring company into one of the largest circuses in the world. Eventually the brothers merged with America’s other leading circus, Barnum and Bailey, creating the Ringling Bros. and Barnum &… Read more »

Frequently Asked Questions- By Desiree Roose

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Not many people have really gone through the process of picking out a memorial; there are many questions we get for those who are going through the process for the first time. Below are some of the frequently asked questions with answers. If you are beginning the process or are looking to pre-plan a memorial,… Read more »