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…)

How to Plan a Themed Funeral

July 19th, 2017
How to Plan a Themed Funeral

How to Plan a Themed Funeral

The differences between wedding planning and funeral planning are not so large as the two separate industries would like consumers to believe. Both are major life events that bring together a large and disparate group of friends and family members. Both require quite a bit of planning and foresight. Both tend to be formal occasions and celebrations of life. And it is possible to have an overarching theme to help you plan an outstanding ceremony that will touch the hearts of everyone present. (more…)

Sending Funeral Flowers from Grandchildren

July 14th, 2017
Sending Funeral Flowers from Grandchildren

Sending Funeral Flowers from Grandchildren

If you have very young children, it might not be appropriate to bring them to the funeral of a beloved parent or grandparent. Death can be a scary experience for kids, even when it was expected or a gentle passing, and you might not be ready for the explanations that accompany a funeral. (more…)

Funeral Attire for Summer

July 10th, 2017
Funeral Attire for Summer

Funeral Attire for Summer

Dressing for a funeral can be difficult at any time of the year, but summer presents unique challenges. When the weather is warm and many memorial services are held outdoors, the traditional funeral attire of suits and heavy fabrics—usually in sun-soaking black—can quickly become uncomfortable. Although you will want to leave the beachwear at home, there are a few ways you can adhere to proper funeral etiquette regarding clothing while still making allowances for the weather. (more…)

What to Send to a Funeral Instead of Flowers

July 5th, 2017
What to Send to a Funeral Instead of Flowers

What to Send to a Funeral Instead of Flowers

Funeral displays and condolence flowers have traditionally been the most popular item to send to a bereaved family. Floral arrangements send a message of love, support, and condolences—and the gesture is appropriate both at the funeral and at home. Even if you do not live close by, you can still be a part of the funeral by sending flowers for display. (more…)

What To Do on the Anniversary of a Loved One’s Death

June 28th, 2017
What To Do on the Anniversary of a Loved One’s Death

What To Do on the Anniversary of a Loved One’s Death

Almost anyone who has experienced loss will tell you that holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries tend to be some of the hardest moments to get through. While everyone else is out celebrating and enjoying themselves, you are mired in memories and the painful reminder of your loved one’s passing. In fact, if your loss was recent, these days have a tendency to feel incredibly burdensome at a time when they should be anything but. (more…)

Cheap Funeral Flower Alternatives

June 16th, 2017
Cheap Funeral Flower Alternatives

Cheap Funeral Flower Alternatives

As traditional signs of bereavement, sympathy flowers make a great gift to a grieving family in the midst of funeral planning. Your added touch will help make the memorial service beautiful, and will serve as a visible banner to guests of how much the deceased meant to you. So, too, can the flowers go on to be donated to a favorite charity or taken home as a reminder—a gift that continues giving after the body has been laid to rest. (more…)

Maintaining the Right Funeral Planning Expectations

June 12th, 2017
Maintaining the Right Funeral Planning Expectations

Maintaining the Right Funeral Planning Expectations

Because funeral planning is your final farewell to a loved one who helped shaped your life, you may have high expectations when it comes to the service. It makes sense that you’d expect perfection—after all, you are paying thousands of dollars in funeral costs for a one-day event. You have family members and friends flying in from far away to attend. And you have a funeral director to oversee the details to ensure that nothing goes wrong. (more…)

Memorial Photo and Urn Tributes

June 8th, 2017
 
Memorial Photo and Urn Tributes

Memorial Photo and Urn Tributes

Funeral planning tends to be an event that involves all of the body’s senses. From the sounds of hymns playing in the background to the scent of funeral flowers wafting in the air, a funeral is a time when we are forced to acknowledge all the things that make us human and alive: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. Perhaps that is why so much emphasis is put on funeral flowers and sympathy floral displays. Not only do these fresh blooms provide a lovely scent, but they provide a colorful, unforgettable setting to an otherwise somber day. (more…)

Ringing Church Bells at a Funeral

June 5th, 2017
Ringing Church Bells at a Funeral

Ringing Church Bells at a Funeral

Although it is not as common in funeral planning today as it was in centuries past, funeral bells are still sometimes played to signal the passing of a loved one. This gesture of respect and mourning is meant to signal to entire communities that a funeral is taking place, and that a moment of silence and/or respect is appropriate at that time. (more…)