Activities for Kids at a Funeral

February 11th, 2016
Activities for Kids at a Funeral

Activities for Kids at a Funeral

Although bringing kids to a funeral is something not everyone agrees on, there are times and places when children either must be or choose to be present. No one knows your child as well as you do, and the decision to bring them along rests entirely with you and the immediate family of the deceased. (more…)


Hidden Costs of Cremation

February 10th, 2016
Hidden Costs of Cremation

Hidden Costs of Cremation

We often see cremation offered as an affordable alternative to burial—a way to say goodbye without the heavy costs associated with buying a casket, purchasing a grave plot, and putting up a headstone. While it is possible to save thousands of dollars this way, not all cremations end up being less than burial. Because so much depends on the details, you could actually end up paying more for cremation than you would for a simple or direct burial. (more…)


Sympathy Card Messages for Pets

February 9th, 2016
Sympathy Card Messages for Pets

Sympathy Card Messages for Pets

When it comes to the pain of losing those we love, many of us feel no difference between our four-legged friends and our human ones. A companion who has been there through all of life’s hardships deserves a sendoff that celebrates the joys as well as the sadness. (more…)


What to Expect When You Come to the Funeral Home

February 8th, 2016
What to Expect When You Come to the Funeral Home

What to Expect When You Come to the Funeral Home

After you’ve decided on a funeral home and are ready to begin the process of planning a funeral, your funeral director will ask you to come into the facilities for a visit. This personal contact with the people in charge of your loved one’s remains is an important step in the grieving process. Not only will you get to benefit from face-to-face interaction, but you’ll also be walked through each decision ahead of you. (more…)


What is a Perpetual Care Cemetery?

February 4th, 2016
What is a Perpetual Care Cemetery?

What is a Perpetual Care Cemetery?

When you search for a cemetery as a final resting ground for you and your family, you are likely to come across the phrase “perpetual care,” “permanent care,” or “endowed care.” Often included as a charge above and beyond the typical cemetery costs, these are included as a way to ensure that the cemetery grounds remain in good care for decades (or even centuries) to come. (more…)


Different Types of Cemeteries

February 3rd, 2016
Different Types of Cemeteries

Different Types of Cemeteries

Most of us assume that all cemeteries are virtually the same—after all, a piece of land where a body is laid to rest is a piece of land where a body is laid to rest, right?

While it’s true that most cemeteries perform the same general purpose to society, they tend to take different approaches to how this is accomplished. Some are religious, some are secular, some are run by the government, and some are closed to all but families with previously purchased burial plots. Depending on what type of cemetery you’re looking at, you could encounter any of the following types. (more…)


Gravestone Decorating Ideas

February 1st, 2016

IMG_0715 cropOne of the reasons we have cemeteries and headstones as a culture is because of how important it is to have a physical place to grieve. Regardless of your beliefs about the afterlife, being able to make a connection to a grave, a physical location, or a columbarium niche is part of the grieving process. You can talk with your loved one, reflect on your loss, and decorate the spot—all of which help you to heal and move through your grief. (more…)


When is the Best Time to Scatter Ashes?

January 28th, 2016

When is the Best Time to Scatter Ashes?One of the primary benefits of cremation is that you don’t have to hold a memorial service right away. With cremated remains, you can take days, weeks, months, or even years to get everyone together to hold a scattering ceremony. This kind of flexibility is important in our modern society, when families are spread out over the globe and can’t always rearrange their plans to travel to a funeral. (more…)


How to Set a Funeral Budget

January 27th, 2016

How to Set a Funeral BudgetBefore you sit down with a funeral director to go over all your options for a loved one’s funeral plans, it’s a good idea to figure out how much money you’re willing to spend. Although the average funeral can go as high as $10,000, you aren’t required to spend this much—nor will you have to. With the right planning, you should be able to find a budget you’re comfortable with and buy a respectful, beautiful service to go with it. (more…)


What to Do the Day After a Funeral

January 25th, 2016

What to Do the Day After a FuneralSo much of planning a funeral has to do with the making burial preparations, reaching out to friends and family members, and finding ways to cope with your recent loss. And like many major life events and holidays, there is a kind of anticipation that goes into this planning process. Even though you may be feeling completely brokenhearted right now, the need to make decisions and put affairs in order provide a kind of foundation for getting through each day. (more…)