How to Decline an Invitation to a Funeral

September 20th, 2017
How to Decline an Invitation to a Funeral

How to Decline an Invitation to a Funeral

Not all funerals are held at convenient times or convenient locations. Unlike weddings, which can be planned months in advance, funerals crop up unexpectedly regardless of the time, date, weather conditions, or other plans you might already have. (more…)

What to Write on Funeral Flowers

September 15th, 2017
What to Write on Funeral Flowers

What to Write on Funeral Flowers

When someone dies, finding the right funeral flower message to convey your sympathy, pain, regards, regrets, and love can be difficult. After all, grief is something that even poets have a hard time capturing. Add to that all the complexities of human relationships, family issues, and religious beliefs, and you can see why so many people turn to time honored sayings and funeral quotes. (more…)

How to Grieve a Grandparent

September 11th, 2017
How to Grieve a Grandparent

How to Grieve a Grandparent

For many people, the loss of a grandparent is the first real death that hits in a big way. Whether you lose a grandparent as a child, a teenager, a young adult, or even an older adult, chances are good that this is your first real experience with death. (more…)

What Happens to Uncollected Ashes?

September 5th, 2017
What Happens to Uncollected Ashes?

What Happens to Uncollected Ashes?

As cremation becomes a more popular option for families who have experienced a loss, funeral homes and crematories are seeing a rise in uncollected ashes. There are many different reasons for this. The most common reason is that cremation allows for more flexibility regarding a memorial service. Instead of having to rush to hold a funeral or burial, you can have a loved one cremated and wait until there is more time, more money, or more family members available to hold a service. And the easiest way to handle the remains is to let the crematory hold onto them until you are ready. (more…)

Should I Have a Funeral Procession? Pros and Cons of the Processional

August 28th, 2017
Should I Have a Funeral Procession?

Should I Have a Funeral Procession?

If you are planning the funeral of a loved one, an option that will arise during the decision-making process is whether or not you want to include a funeral procession. These processions, usually accomplished via a long line of cars that travel from the funeral service to the graveside service, are part of a long-standing tradition in which grief is a somber, community affair that shows respect to the deceased and his or her family. (more…)

When to Send Flowers After a Death

August 22nd, 2017
When to Send Flowers After a Death

When to Send Flowers After a Death

It is common knowledge that sending funeral flowers is an appropriate gift for a grieving family. This age-old tradition allows you to give your regards without imposing on the family in any way. And because you can personalize the gift with blooms of your own choosing, they convey much more meaning than a simple card can do. (more…)

Grieving an Estranged Family Member

August 14th, 2017
Grieving an Estranged Family Member

Grieving an Estranged Family Member

There is no denying that grief is a personal, difficult journey, and that no two people approach it the same way. The loss of a beloved parent or the death of a dear friend is likely to hit you hard, and you won’t know how you will cope until it happens to you. (more…)

Attending a Funeral: Rules to Bend and Rules to Follow

August 9th, 2017
Attending a Funeral: Rules to Bend and Rules to Follow

Attending a Funeral: Rules to Bend and Rules to Follow

When a friend or family member dies, most people make immediate plans to attend the funeral…and then frantically try to remember all the funeral etiquette they have learned. Wear all black. You must send flowers. Only attend the graveside service if you have been personally invited. (more…)

Funeral Planning: Funeral Apps

August 3rd, 2017
Funeral Planning: Funeral Apps

Funeral Planning: Funeral Apps

These days, there is an iPhone or smartphone app for just about everything—and funeral planning is no exception. Among the games, exercise, weight loss guides, and restaurant apps, you can also take a few minutes (and spend a few dollars) on various applications that help you plan your funeral—and all at the tap of the screen. (more…)

A Fitting Farewell: Memorial Artists

July 25th, 2017
A Fitting Farewell: Memorial Artists

A Fitting Farewell: Memorial Artists

Memorial gifts and mementos usually take the shape of small tokens of love and affection. An engraved urn can serve as a cremation receptacle and memorial plaque. A memorial blanket can capture a photo or favorite quote. Small tokens like vases, statues, garden rocks, and other engraved surfaces also make popular options. For green funeral plans, family members can plant a tree or place a memorial bench in a favorite park. (more…)