SARASOTA, FL – “Food, like a loving touch or a glimpse of divine power, has that ability to comfort.” — Norman Kolpas


When Bogati Urn Company owner, Andrea Bogard LeBlanc, attended in early 2018 the funeral of her nephew, a young college-age student, she learned his close-knit group of friends had done something special. As they drove his cremains back home to California, they picked up all his favorite foods from his college town in Tucson, Arizona and then stopped at Burger King, his favorite fast food restaurant, on the way to the service.


Similarly, his family prepared his other favorite foods, and that day guests enjoyed everything from Philly cheesesteaks, to barbeque, to baked potatoes, to key lime pie. This is when Bogard LeBlanc began thinking about how foods bring people comfort and togetherness in times of grief.


To highlight this phenomenon, Bogard LeBlanc will be writing a book on the topic and is requesting submissions from members of the funeral industry. Recipes, including regional and cultural specialties; feel-good food stories; tips on preparing foods for services and/or grieving families; and any other information related to food and loss/grieving, are welcome.


“I think the role food plays in grieving is a special, touching story to tell, and who better to help me tell it than those working with grieving families every day?” said Bogard LeBlanc. “I welcome any information someone feels compelled to share on this topic and look forward to reading the emails to come.”


Submissions can be made by emailing [email protected] by March 31, 2019. Submissions are not guaranteed for inclusion, but those that are included will be attributed to the person or persons who submit them. By sending a submission it is understood that Bogati Urn Company is authorized to use them in the book and/or for marketing purposes without any compensation in perpetuity. Entries must be original, not subject to third party rights such as trademarks, trade names, or other intellectual property rights. Entries previously published or pending publication, or that violate or infringe upon another person’s or company’s copyright or other intellectual property rights are not eligible for consideration.


Founded in 2004 by Andrea Bogard LeBlanc, Bogati Urn Company offers funeral homes and crematories unparalleled service and wholesale pricing on an equally unparalleled variety of urns, scattering tubes and related products. Its original lead crystal line has expanded to feature a diverse and hand-selected product line from trusted manufacturers and skilled artisans worldwide. Its inventory now includes hundreds of memorial urns for adults, children and pets in varying materials, including glass, marble, wood, porcelain, brass and metal. Custom options are also available.

Bogati Urns is headquartered in Sarasota, Fla. and is a proud member of several industry organizations, including the Association of Independent Funeral Directors of Florida; Florida Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Association; Cremation Association of North America; and Pet Loss Professionals Alliance.

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