Issue 16 • Winter 2011


Issue 16: Winter 2011

Green Cremation: an Eco-friendly Alternative

Good Mourning with Carole McLeod: Socially Speaking

New Year's Resolutions for Pets

Crossing Archives

Anderson McQueen. Life. Love. Legacy.

We are dedicated to the art of helping and providing personal and professional services in a caring, sensitive manner.

Since our inception in
1952, we have been a
family-owned and
operated funeral home
serving our community.

Northeast St. Petersburg
2201 Dr. Martin Luther King
Street North

7820 38th Avenue North

Cremation Tribute Center
7820 38th Avenue North

Sunnyside Cemetery
5300 19th Street North

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funeral services and grief
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Green Cremation: an Eco-friendly Alternative

Anderson-McQueen Family Tribute Centers is scheduled to be the first in the nation to allow the public to use bio-cremation for their loved ones. While most of us are familiar with how technology affects every part of our lives, many aren't aware of its significant role in how we deal with death. From crypts and pyres to burial and cremation, the way we memorialize our loved ones is evolving.

Anderson-McQueen has responded to concerns about the environment and carbon footprints with a new offering called bio-cremation, also known as alkaline hydrolysis. This method is different from traditional cremation because it uses only 20 percent of the fuel and energy that flame-based cremation requires and the carbon footprint is significantly less than any other process.

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Socially Speaking

Many times in our grief journey, the emotional, spiritual and physical aspects of our grief override the social side of our grief. After the death of a loved one, it takes some time for us to even consider being social again. Our circle of friends, neighbors, church members and co-workers has changed. Sometimes it is very difficult to imagine going out to dinner, church, theatre, sporting events or anywhere else.

We can be afraid of crying in public, feel like the "fifth wheel" if we accept a dinner invitation with other couples or just not have the energy to accept invitations and get ourselves ready. Even going to places that you and your loved one used to go can be overwhelming and bring lots of sadness. Sometimes going back to church can be very painful when we hear our loved one's favorite hymns or sit in the same space where you always sat as a family. There are many reasons that these relationships may change.

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New Year's Resolutions for Pets

Many of us resolve to turn over a new leaf at the beginning of each new year exercise more, lose weight, eat healthy or donate to charity, to name a few. As you consider what YOUR resolutions will be for 2011, why not consider making (and sticking with) a few resolutions for your pets? Here are a few resolutions that might be on their list.

I RESOLVE TO be more healthy - Establish a relationship with a veterinarian for your pet before you need one. Ask questions in order to gain the best understanding of how to keep your pet healthy. Understand that preventative wellness is paramount it makes your pet more comfortable, helps extend his or her quality of life and life span and saves money.

Some key preventative veterinary health care measures include making sure that your pet visits his or her veterinarian for wellness visits biannually in order to receive necessary vaccinations and blood work screening. Ensure that your pet receives flea, heartworm and intestinal parasite control monthly.

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Anderson-McQueen Sponsors Tea Dance

We were proud to sponsor the November Tea Dances at the city of St. Petersburg's historic Coliseum Ballroom.

A special veterans' celebration was held that included a color guard presentation representing all the American armed forces. Patrons received American flags in celebration of Veterans Day.

More than 300 people were in attendance for the dances which featured the live music of Pleasure with Bobby Tess and the Mario DeLeon Band.

John McQueen Named President of Anderson-McQueen

John McQueenWe are proud to announce that John McQueen is now President and CEO of Anderson-McQueen Family Tribute Centers.

Congratulations, John!