What You Should Know About Embalming

May 27th, 2017
What You Should Know About Embalming

What You Should Know About Embalming

Embalming has long been an issue under consideration by funeral homes, the Federal Trade Commission, and the newly bereaved. A costly (and often unnecessary) procedure, embalming gets quite a bit of backlash from critics—but that does not mean it has no place in today’s funeral industry. Before you decide if you’d like to have your loved one embalmed, consider these facts and regulations. (more…)

Checklist: How to Choose a Funeral Home

May 23rd, 2017
Checklist: How to Choose a Funeral Home

Checklist: How to Choose a Funeral Home

When a loved one dies, the first decision you will be asked to make is what funeral home you would like to take care of the body. It might seem a bit overwhelming to choose a provider while you are still reeling from your loss, but sooner is better when it comes to planning a funeral. You only have about three to seven days to make all the final decisions, so spending a few days deciding on a funeral home can consume a substantial chunk of that time. (more…)

What to Write in a Funeral Announcement

May 19th, 2017
What to Write in a Funeral Announcement

What to Write in a Funeral Announcement

Soon after the funeral planning begins, you will want to place (or send) a funeral announcement. Like an obituary, this item is a way of notifying the public of a loved one’s passing and details of any arrangements you are making on his or her behalf. Unlike an obituary, a funeral announcement does not delve too deeply into personal or private information. In this way, you can maintain boundaries while still honoring the deceased. (more…)

Timesharing the Family Urn

May 15th, 2017
Timesharing the Family Urn

Timesharing the Family Urn

One reason for choosing cremation over burial is that you are left with a tangible memento of your loved one. Although many people choose to scatter or bury the ashes, just as many take them home in a commemorative urn to be placed in a mantle or otherwise cherished. (more…)

Planning a Funeral for a Suicide Victim

May 9th, 2017
Planning a Funeral for a Suicide Victim

Planning a Funeral for a Suicide Victim

Some funerals are more difficult to plan than others. While all grief is real and painful, circumstances can make planning a funeral a struggle. This is especially true in instances where the cause of death was suicide. (more…)

Funeral Etiquette After a Divorce

May 1st, 2017
Funeral Etiquette After a Divorce

Funeral Etiquette After a Divorce

Death is not the only thing that separates families. Although nothing is quite as final as the passing of a loved one, divorce often does just as good a job at keeping people from sharing their lives. Depending on how things stand within the families, you might still keep in contact with your ex’s family, you might be estranged from all of your previous in-laws, or you might share some other kind of arrangement. (more…)

Bereavement Yoga

April 26th, 2017
Bereavement Yoga

Bereavement Yoga

Everyone approaches funeral planning and bereavement in a different way. For some people, it takes years of formal therapy before life begins to feel normal again. For others, moving on is a personal and internal struggle. As long as you are taking positive, healthy steps in a way that works for you, there is no wrong way to grieve. (more…)

How to Get a Death Certificate without a Body

April 21st, 2017
How to Get a Death Certificate without a Body

How to Get a Death Certificate without a Body

Whenever you read funeral planning advice online or talk to a funeral director about how to begin the process of wading through the paperwork involved in death, you will likely be instructed to get at least five to ten copies of the death certificate. That’s because everything from accessing life insurance policies to closing bank accounts or even getting the power shut off at the deceased’s home follows a strict paper trail. (more…)

Pros and Cons of a Small, Private Funeral Service

April 18th, 2017
Pros and Cons of a Small, Private Funeral Service

Pros and Cons of a Small, Private Funeral Service

In a time when many people are looking to reduce funeral costs and simplify the process of burial or cremation, it is becoming more common to consider a private funeral service. Although celebrities and notable figures almost always have private funerals, the average services are open to the public. This means that you broadcast a time and place in an obituary or death notice, and anyone who wishes to attend may show up to pay their respects. (more…)

Sympathy Gifts: Food and Food Baskets

April 14th, 2017
Sympathy Gifts: Food and Food Baskets

Sympathy Gifts: Food and Food Baskets

One of the things we’re often told to do to support a newly grieving family is to send a sympathy gift or gift basket that contains food. The tradition of providing food as a show of support goes back hundreds of years, and is part of a long-standing culture in which entire communities gather together after a loss—and need to be fed in the meantime. (more…)