Unique Gifts for the Newly Bereaved

May 2nd, 2016
Unique Gifts for the Newly Bereaved

Unique Gifts for the Newly Bereaved

When a friend or family member loses a loved one, we want to do all we can to make their situation easier. Traditional funeral gifts like flowers, food, and gift baskets are nice gestures, but when everyone offers the same type of present over the course of a few weeks, it can get overwhelming (you can only eat so many casseroles, after all). (more…)

What to Do When a Loved One Dies of an Infectious Disease

April 27th, 2016
What to Do When a Loved One Dies of an Infectious Disease

What to Do When a Loved One Dies of an Infectious Disease

The death of a loved one is almost always a traumatic experience, but when death was caused by an infectious disease, it can become even more upsetting. Any time you are talking about an illness that has the potential to spread to other people (even after death occurs), you are probably going to have to deal with fear and revulsion from the community – and sometimes, even from funeral providers. (more…)

Graveyard Superstitions

April 26th, 2016
Graveyard Superstitions

Graveyard Superstitions

No place holds quite as much fear and mystery as a graveyard. Whether it is an historic old burial site no longer in use, or a modern cemetery with sleek marble slabs in place of traditional headstones, people have a way of getting nervous anywhere there are bodies buried in the ground. It is a fear that’s existed for thousands of years, which means there’s been plenty of time for superstitions to build up. (more…)

“Extras” You Can Easily Cut from the Funeral

April 25th, 2016
“Extras” You Can Easily Cut from the Funeral

“Extras” You Can Easily Cut from the Funeral

One of the fastest ways to save money on a funeral is to trim away extra services and products you do not need. Today’s funerals tend to be elaborate, traditional affairs that take every detail and consideration into account—which is great if the deceased had the foresight to plan ahead, but can be difficult to justify if the funeral expenses are coming out of your own pocket. (more…)

Is it Better to Buy Burial Insurance or Life Insurance?

April 20th, 2016
Is it Better to Buy Burial Insurance or Life Insurance?

Is it Better to Buy Burial Insurance or Life Insurance?

At first glance, burial insurance and life insurance are the same thing: it is a payout that goes to your family or beneficiary when you die. Death is an inevitable part of the world we live in, and having an insurance policy in place for when that happens is a smart way to ensure your family has enough money to bury you without dipping into their own pockets. (more…)

The Dos and Don’ts of Using Pinterest to Plan a Funeral

April 19th, 2016
The Dos and Don’ts of Using Pinterest to Plan a Funeral

The Dos and Don’ts of Using Pinterest to Plan a Funeral

As anyone who’s ever used Pinterest knows, a quick trip to the website can quickly turn into a few hours. Although the popular “bulletin board” platform is usually a favorite among brides, DIYers, and those with an artistic bent, it is also becoming more common for those who want to plan a unique memorial service. From lists of great funeral songs to ideas for sharing memories, you will find hundreds of beautiful and memorable ways to say goodbye. (more…)

How to Wear Your Hair for a Funeral

April 18th, 2016
How to Wear Your Hair for a Funeral

How to Wear Your Hair for a Funeral

What to wear to a funeral is always a matter of concern for people who are not accustomed to the traditions of mourning. From the shoes you wear and the funeral attire you choose to the accessories that pull the outfit together, the statement you make by your appearance is one that the family will remember for years to come. (more…)

Where to Scatter a Pet’s Ashes

April 13th, 2016
Where to Scatter a Pet’s Ashes

Where to Scatter a Pet’s Ashes

Here at iMortuary, we spend quite a bit of time talking about what to do with the cremated remains of our loved ones (including scattering them, interring them in the ground, and storing them in an urn or columbarium niche), but it is rare that we go into depth about appropriate ways to dispose of an animal’s cremains. (more…)

Most Expensive Places to Be Buried in the United States

April 12th, 2016
Most Expensive Places to Be Buried in the United States

Most Expensive Places to Be Buried in the United States

Any time you search online for funeral prices and burial costs, you are likely to find a familiar caveat: how much you will end up paying depends on where you live. (more…)

How to Funeral Etiquette: Bringing Food to a Funeral

April 11th, 2016
How to Funeral Etiquette: Bringing Food to a Funeral

How to Funeral Etiquette: Bringing Food to a Funeral

One of the most common funeral gifts is to bring food to the gathering that takes place after the memorial service is over. Often served as a buffet or luncheon, this meal allows people to gather in a less formal atmosphere to share memories of the deceased and bring comfort to one another. (more…)