Posts By: Lauri Freedman

Welcome to Three-Fourths of an Ounce

Three-Fourths of an Ounce has been a long time coming.  There are notes on my computer, in notebooks, in drawers and filed neatly away that date back to before 2007.  Many people ask what precipitated the founding of this concept and I struggle to find a succinct and truthful answer. I can say that when… Read more »

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Narrative Cards and Gift Enclosures

Three-Fourths of an Ounce was founded with the intention of creating a common language about modern mourning and commemoration by designing and producing beautiful objects, reintroducing forgotten traditions, and prompting the creation of wholly new practices. We plan to introduce an online magazine that will include interviews, memoirs and essays, excerpts from previously published works,… Read more »

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American Widow Project

     “I didn’t want to go to a seminar and have somebody tell me how to cry or tell me what stage I was in.” I was introduced to the American Widow Project by my friend Kris Connell. The American Widow Project is a community of young military widows created and nurtured by Taryn Davis… Read more »

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Weighing in at the End

This idea has lived inside of my head for so long that I started wondering if it would be there forever. Guess what? It isn’t! News of our launch is now available to the 1,865,318 digital and print subscribers to the NY Times. It is a dream come true to be in the Currents column… Read more »

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A Moving Tribute

  “It may sound greedy to want more days with a person who lived so long, but the fact that my mother was 92 does not diminish–it only magnifies–the enormity of the room whose door has now quietly shut,” Stephen Colbert on the occasion of returning to work after the death of his mother   … Read more »

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Granny Ruth

This is a portrait of my Granny Ruth. Ruth was my grandfather Louis’ second wife–the woman he married the year I was born. Ruth was the person who, when I was a young girl and feeling like I had no place in the world, whispered crazy, un-p.c. things to me that, until then, I’d never… Read more »

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Saying the Wrong Thing Isn’t the Worst Thing

Does not knowing what to say to someone who has received a diagnosis of cancer or another terminal illness keep us from being the friend we want to be? What if you hear about it through the grapevine and aren’t sure he or she wants other people to know? What if, what if, what if?… Read more »

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Memorial Service Humor

Back in 2010 I was sharing the idea for Three-Fourths of an Ounce with my dear friend Melissa (the Robin to my Batman in all undertakings considered follies to most sane minds). Her very first thought was of this eulogy delivered by John Cleese at the memorial service for Graham Chapman—co-founder of Monty Python—back in… Read more »

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A Simple and Beautiful Online Memorial

When Ace Hotel co-founder Alex Calderwood unexpectedly died in November 2013, the company established a simple and moving ongoing memorial for anyone and everyone to share memories.  I was immediately taken with the honesty and straightforward beauty of this eulogy. There are many sites that have been and are still being established for people to… Read more »

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The Acorn

Three-Fourths of an Ounce, in partnership with the amazing design team at 2×4, underwent a truly enlightening and inspirational branding process. I had no idea what a branding process was or even what the language outlined in our contract meant, so I uncharacteristically sat back and waited to see what would happen. We explored many… Read more »

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