January 17th, 2017
Funeral superstitions vary by culture and by generation, and what one family believes wholeheartedly, another may consider folly. For example, the Victorians were notorious for their strictures on death and dying, with superstitions that ranged from covering mirrors and stopping clocks at the time of death to building specialty coffins with bells that could ring in case of a live burial. Today’s superstitions have a much more horror-movie feel to them, such as the idea that standing on the street corner when a hearse stops will signal your own impending death. (more…)
January 13th, 2017
Babies at Funerals
Funeral etiquette dictates that families think long and hard before they bring children to a funeral. In addition to questions of whether or not a child is equipped to handle the concept of death (and a possible viewing), there are other attendees to consider. Children can be noisy, disruptive, and irreverent at a time when other people simply want space to grieve. So, too, can kids ask questions—innocent enough on their own—but the way they are asked can evoke strong emotions. (more…)
January 10th, 2017
How Much Does it Cost to Exhume a Body?
Most of the time, the only reason we hear of a body being exhumed or a grave dug up is when it is commissioned by the authorities for reasons related to cause of death and solving a crime. Because this process is so invasive and disruptive, it is hard to imagine any other reason to open up a grave. (more…)
January 5th, 2017
Silk Funeral Flowers
Funeral flowers add a touch of elegance and comfort to a memorial service, burial service, or other funeral event. Displayed in everything from elaborate wreaths to smaller, personalized bouquets to place in the hands of the deceased, the time-honored tradition of using funeral flowers to enhance the funeral experience is one that most people recognize and appreciate. (more…)
January 3rd, 2017
Is it Okay to Ban Someone from a Funeral?
Funeral planning is almost always fraught with overwhelming feelings. From grief and despair to the heavy responsibility of making funeral decisions, the emotions of funeral planning are often the most difficult part of the process to navigate. And this means that past grievances can make an appearance in a big way—sometimes even going so far as banning someone from attending the funeral. (more…)
December 26th, 2016
Funeral Etiquette: Setting a Funeral Dress Code
Although many of the traditions of funeral planning remain intact regardless of how much times may change, do not be surprised if you find people relaxing quite a bit in terms of the funeral dress code. In part due to the casual nature of today’s clothing in general, it is becoming more common to see people attend funerals in things like jeans, khakis, and sneakers. (more…)
December 20th, 2016
Tips on Being a Pallbearer
Being asked to serve as pallbearer is considered quite an honor. Because this position is restricted to between six and eight attendees, it is usually kept to close family members or friends of the deceased. In many cases, a particular group of friends (maybe members of a team or club) will be asked, to provide a sense of unity. (more…)
December 16th, 2016
What Happens to a Bank Account when Someone Dies?
One of the most difficult tasks to undertake in the days and weeks (and sometimes months) following the death of a loved one is to close and/or manage their bank accounts. Unless your name is listed on the account (because you are the spouse of the deceased or because advance arrangements were made), you will have to go through a few hoops and hurdles to get all the accounts settled. (more…)
December 13th, 2016
High Fashion for the Grave
In the world of high fashion, nothing is outlandish or taboo—not even couture for the dead.
With a uniquely refreshing outlook on the death industry and funeral pre-planning, Seattle fashion designer Mark Mitchell created a nine-piece collection of high fashion funeral clothes. (more…)