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Planning Your Own Funeral: 3 Considerations For The Funeral Program

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When you are planning your own funeral, you may feel a little weird at some points during the process. Whether you are planning for an event that you don’t anticipate occurring for many decades or facing the inevitable during a serious illness, it can be strange to plan a service that you won’t be around to witness. Many people forget to plan a very important part of the memorial service: the funeral program. Read More»

3 Tips For Pre-Planning A Cremation

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In this day and age, many people are opting to pre-plan and pre-pay for their final arrangements so their family does not have to feel stressed when they are mourning the loss of a loved one. If you have decided that you would like your body to be cremated after death, you may wonder what steps you have to take to ensure that your wishes are followed. Use the following tips to plan and fund cremation services: Read More»

Creating A Customized Funeral Service For Your Loved One

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While funerals are solemn occasions, some people choose to turn the wake and funeral into a celebration of the loved one’s life. Here are just a few ways you can take this idea and put it to work for your family. Announce A Dress Code Traditional funeral wear is modest and slightly dressy, such as suits and dark-colored dresses. However, if your loved one preferred a certain type of look, you may want to announce a dress code in the obituary. Read More»

3 Things You Shouldn't Say At A Cremation Service (And One You Should)

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Death is a tricky topic for anyone to discuss. The very idea of it can lead an otherwise stoic person to tears. When a family is in the midst of grief, it’s all the more difficult to discuss. When you attend the cremation services, you may feel compelled to talk at length to the family to show your support and express your love. This is the time when you need to put thought into what you say and how you say it. Read More»

Four Ways to Make Your Cremation Even More Environmentally Friendly

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While cremation is often proclaimed to be the eco-friendly alternative to in-ground burial, that doesn’t mean the process can’t be improved at all. In fact, there are several aspects of cremation that you can modify and customize to make your cremation even more eco-friendly. Here are four ways to affect your cremation’s environmental impact for the better. 1. Opt out of the viewing  Crematoriums allow you to choose whether you’ll have a viewing or a direct cremation, with which the remains are cremated first and the service is arranged later. Read More»

Five Steps For Planning An Ash Scattering Ceremony

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After the funeral and memorial service, you may be wondering what to do with the cremains of your loved one. An ash-scattering ceremony is one way to honor their memory and return them to a place that they loved in life. The following can help you plan the details. Choose a location The location you choose should be one that was important to your loved one or significant in some way. Read More»

Tips To Help You Find Closure And Begin The Healing Process After A Loved One Passes Away

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If your loved one has recently passed away, find closure and begin the healing process by trying the following tips. As a result, you may feel more at peace and be able to cope with your daily life without feeling hopeless. Grief Counseling Session Speak with a grief counselor at the funeral home that you are holding the memorial service at. You can speak honestly about any feelings that you are experiencing while a caring person listens intently and offers you words of encouragement. Read More»

Is Sealing A Stone-Based Headstone A Good Idea?

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Although headstones made from granite, marble, and other stone materials can make a gravesite look wonderful, wind, rain, and other environmental elements can cause the headstones to deteriorate into unsightly messes over time. Hoping to extend the life of the stone grave markers, many families turn to sealants to protect the headstones from harm. However, sealing a headstone may worsen the problem. Here’s more information about this issue. Sealants Can Trap Moisture Read More»

FAQs About Preparing For A Military Funeral

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Veterans are entitled to receive certain honors when they pass. Some of the preparations for the funeral or memorial can be made before death, but most steps cannot be taken until after the veteran has passed. However, if you are a veteran, being familiar with the process to obtain the honors you deserve can help you prepare your family for handling your final affairs.   What Can Be Handled Before Death? Read More»

Exploring Memorial Reefs For A Burial At Sea

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If a loved one in your family is passionate about the ocean or spends a lot of time at sea, he or she may ask to be buried at sea after their death. While you may know about some cremation services, one option that you may not know about is the memorial reef. For those who have always imagined a burial at sea, this may be the answer. Here’s a look at what you should know about memorial reef burials. Read More»