Poetry to Read at a Funeral

June 18th, 2018
Poetry to Read at a Funeral

Poetry to Read at a Funeral

Public speaking at a funeral is a common practice, especially if the service will be formal or held in a church. However, if you are not the kind of person who can write a eulogy, or you are not quite up to the task of opening your heart and sharing personal memories of the past, you may want to read a funeral poem instead. By relying on the words of some of the world’s great writers, you can tap into your feelings without being burdened by the idea of having to come up with your own. (more…)

To Tweet or Not to Tweet? Social Media Etiquette after a Death

June 13th, 2018
To Tweet or Not to Tweet? Social Media Etiquette after a Death

To Tweet or Not to Tweet? Social Media Etiquette after a Death

For most of us, social media is where much of our lives take place. We connect with old friends and make plans with current ones. We share photos of our partners, spouses, kids, and pets. We discuss politics and religion. (more…)

Gifts for the Anniversary of a Death

June 8th, 2018
Gifts for the Anniversary of a Death

Gifts for the Anniversary of a Death

Most people recognize the importance of sending flowers, a gift basket, or a condolence card when a loved one dies. This small gesture helps the family know they are not alone during their difficult time, and also helps you move forward with your own grief. (more…)

Funeral Etiquette: How to Pay a Condolence Visit

June 4th, 2018
Funeral Etiquette: How to Pay a Condolence Visit

Funeral Etiquette: How to Pay a Condolence Visit

When a family member or friend experiences a loss, it is common to pay them a visit to show your love and support. This meeting, often known as a condolence visit, is not a required part of the funeral process, but it can help your loved one feel less alone during this difficult time. (more…)

Helping Kids Deal with Mass Shooting Grief

May 30th, 2018
Helping Kids Deal with Mass Shooting Grief

Helping Kids Deal with Mass Shooting Grief

When it comes to the tragedy of school shootings, one thing everyone agrees on is this: kids are the ones who suffer the most. It does not matter if they were physically present at the time of the shooting or if they personally knew one of the victims—simply being a school-aged child in this day and age can cause high levels of anxiety and grief. (more…)

Choosing a Casket: Casket Features and Upgrades

May 25th, 2018
Choosing a Casket: Casket Features and Upgrades

Choosing a Casket: Casket Features and Upgrades

One of the first decisions you will have to make when planning a burial is what kind of casket you want. Ranging from base models of a few hundred dollars to elaborate burial vessels with a price tag well in the $12,000 range, it is good to know what you want and expect out of your casket ahead of time. That way, you will not be overwhelmed by decisions or surprised when the final bill arrives. (more…)

How to Participate in a Funeral

May 21st, 2018
How to Participate in a Funeral

How to Participate in a Funeral

When you want to show your support for a loved one’s loss but are unsure of what is expected, you might offer to help with the funeral. We do not mean help with planning and burial—things usually taken care of by the family—but help with things such as food contributions, setting up and cleaning up, or even fulfilling a role during the service. (more…)

What Kind of Flowers are Appropriate to Order for a Grave?

May 17th, 2018
What Kind of Flowers are Appropriate to Order for a Grave?

What Kind of Flowers are Appropriate to Order for a Grave?

Long after the funeral takes place, it is customary to visit the grave of a loved one with decorations, flowers, gifts, and well wishes. These visits can happen during holidays or any time of the year—for many people, it is a chance to find peace and closure in the days, weeks, months, and even years after death occurs. (more…)

Planning a Multi-Faith Funeral

May 13th, 2018
Planning a Multi-Faith Funeral

Planning a Multi-Faith Funeral

For most of history, funerals were planned according to the beliefs, traditions, and rituals of a single religion. Not only did this make things easier on the family, but it also made things easier on the community as a whole. When someone died, there were “rules” to follow—rules that had been in place for centuries and that dictated everything from what you did to how you were supposed to feel. (more…)

Supporting a Grieving Coworker

May 9th, 2018
Supporting a Grieving Coworker

Supporting a Grieving Coworker

When a coworker, boss, employee, or workplace friend loses a loved one, it can be difficult to know how to support them. Unless you have spent a lot of time together outside of the office, chances are that you have not met their relatives—and probably did not know the deceased personally. (more…)