Beyond Funeral Planning: Planning for Death

November 1st, 2016
Beyond Funeral Planning: Planning for Death

Beyond Funeral Planning: Planning for Death

Most of the time, talking about advance funeral plans means making financial arrangements for the burial, cremation, or other body interment plan. You can set money aside to cover funeral costs, pay for everything ahead of time, or otherwise pre-plan for the day when you say goodbye to this earthly world. (more…)

Grieving an Online Friend

October 28th, 2016
Grieving an Online Friend

Grieving an Online Friend

In our age of social media, online relationships, and virtual chats, it is possible to make personal connections with people from all over the world. You can make friends, meet potential mates, and find support groups all with the click of a button. Although many people consider these types of relationships to be less “real” than those forged in person, the truth is that the people we interact with online can be just as important to us as those we see every day. (more…)

What You Need to Know About Shipping a Body for Burial

October 25th, 2016
What You Need to Know About Shipping a Body for Burial

What You Need to Know About Shipping a Body for Burial

When a loved one dies in a different country or state, funeral planning takes an unexpectedly difficult turn. Because of health and sanitation issues—and because every country and state has different rules and regulations regarding safe body transport—you may have to wade through quite a bit of paperwork to get everything taken care of. This process is made even more complicated if you aren’t with the body at the time of its transfer. (more…)

Planning a Funeral after a Traumatic Death

October 20th, 2016
Planning a Funeral after a Traumatic Death

Planning a Funeral after a Traumatic Death

In some form or another, death is always a traumatic experience, and planning a funeral only slightly less so. There is no way to be 100 percent prepared for death, and the emotional kickback when a loved one is gone is something most people struggle with for years…if not the rest of their lives. (more…)

Funeral Flower Etiquette

October 17th, 2016
Funeral Flower Etiquette

Funeral Flower Etiquette

Sending funeral flowers to a relative or friend after they experience a loss is a generous use of your time and money. You will help decorate the funeral, show your support, and brighten the day of those in attendance. You will provide a measure of comfort in keeping with the traditional funeral customs. (more…)

Funeral Etiquette: Writing a Humorous Obituary or Giving a Funny Eulogy

October 13th, 2016
Writing a Humorous Obituary or Giving a Funny Eulogy

Writing a Humorous Obituary or Giving a Funny Eulogy

Everyone deals with grief in a different way. During funeral planning and in the difficult days that follow, some people turn to family for comfort. Others mourn in a visible and open manner with anyone willing to listen. And some internalize their grief, coming to terms with their loss on their own terms. (more…)

How to Choose a Funeral Singer

October 6th, 2016
How to Choose a Funeral Singer

How to Choose a Funeral Singer

Music and funeral planning go hand in hand. Whether you choose favorite songs of the deceased to play during the memorial service, hymns to go along with a church service, or if you go all out and hire funeral singers for the day, the power of song can go a long way in helping people heal and connect. (more…)

When is it Okay to Go Against the Wishes of the Deceased?

October 3rd, 2016
When is it Okay to Go Against the Wishes of the Deceased?

When is it Okay to Go Against the Wishes of the Deceased?

The funeral planning industry encourages individuals to take responsibility for their own death and funeral plans. From fully prearranged funerals with every detail laid out and paid for, to funeral checklists and apps that outline individual wishes, it is all about making your wishes known and easing the burden on your family after you are gone. (more…)

Who Should I Invite to be Part of the Funeral Service?

September 28th, 2016
Who Should I Invite to be Part of the Funeral Service?

Who Should I Invite to be Part of the Funeral Service?

It takes quite a few people working together to ensure that funeral planning goes off without a hitch. From the funeral director who oversees the details to the individual who stands up to give the eulogy, the best and most unique parts about a funeral are the people who are willing to put in their time and effort. (more…)

Cemetery Decorations for Fall

September 26th, 2016
Cemetery Decorations for Fall

Cemetery Decorations for Fall

Decorating headstones and gravesites is a great way to show your love for the dearly departed and help contribute to the ambiance of a modern cemetery. Memorial Day tends to showcase a cemetery awash in red, white, and blue—while the winter months favor Christmas red, green, and gold. From wreaths and crosses that can be placed on top of the grave to headstone flowers that can be draped over the top of larger monuments, there are many different ways to decorate for the holidays. (more…)