Famous Historical Epitaphs

January 11th, 2019

Famous Historical Epitaphs

Take a walk through any historical cemetery, and you will likely find much more variability in things like headstones, grave markers, vaults, and the epitaphs engraved on them. Although most modern headstones all bear a similar appearance and carry familiar sentiments, older generations put a little more creativity into the act of saying a final goodbye. (more…)

Ways to Grieve Pets

January 4th, 2019
Ways to Grieve Pets

Ways to Grieve Pets

Losing a pet or animal companion can be one of the most difficult experiences you will go through. Unlike the death of a human friend or relative (which is surrounded by rituals such as traditional funerals, support groups, and outpourings of help from the community), a pet death is often a solitary affair. Most people have circles of friends, relatives, co-workers, acquaintances, and others with whom they come into contact on a daily basis. When death occurs, these people tend to come forward to offer their condolences, assistance, and happy memories of the deceased—all of which can help you in the grieving process. (more…)

What’s in a Headstone? Choosing the Right Material for a Headstone

December 27th, 2018
What’s in a Headstone? Choosing the Right Material for a Headstone

What’s in a Headstone? Choosing the Right Material for a Headstone

When you visit a modern cemetery, you notice that most of the headstones take on a similar look and shape. Neat rows of granite plaques line the ground—some with engravings and some without, some featuring vases that lift up to provide a convenient place for decorations. In older parts of the cemetery, you are likely to find headstones of all shapes and sizes, some in a much better state of preservation than others. (more…)

What’s on Your Grief Bookshelf?

December 19th, 2018
What’s on Your Grief Bookshelf?

What’s on Your Grief Bookshelf?

Visit any major bookstore, and you will likely find an entire section devoted to the topics of grief, loss, and bereavement. This is no accident; when you lose a loved one, reading is considered one of the best ways to cope. Whether you need information on the emotional side effects of loss, practical advice such as how to handle a parent’s finances, or even ongoing support as the years pass, there is sure to be a book designed with you in mind. (more…)

The Most Famous Famous Last Words

December 17th, 2018
The Most Famous Famous Last Words

The Most Famous Famous Last Words

Few of us get the chance to be immortalized in the moment right before death occurs. For most people, death is a quiet affair that involves healthcare professionals and maybe a few loved ones—we want it to be peaceful and dignified, and those are the only real considerations. (more…)

Legal Places to Scatter Ashes

December 14th, 2018
Legal Places to Scatter Ashes

Legal Places to Scatter Ashes

There is a popular story floating around about scattering the remains of a loved one at Disneyland. It is illegal to do it, and you can get kicked out of the park if you are caught, but that does not stop thousands of people from trying every year anyway. In fact, it is such a problem that the camera system is designed to catch people in the act and dispatch workers to clean up the remains before they become a health hazard. This means your loved one won’t, as you probably hoped, be spending eternity in the happiest place on earth. In reality, they will be sucked into a special vacuum and tossed out with the trash. (more…)

What is an Advance Directive, and When Should I Get One?

December 6th, 2018
What is an Advance Directive, and When Should I Get One?

What is an Advance Directive, and When Should I Get One?

An advance directive is more commonly known as a living will. This legal document outlines all of your wishes regarding your medical care in the event that you become unable to communicate with your health care providers. (more…)

Where Do You Grieve When There is No Grave?

November 28th, 2018
Where Do You Grieve When There is No Grave?

Where Do You Grieve When There is No Grave?

For most people, a grave is not just a convenient and legal place to lay a body to rest. It is also a place to mourn, a place to grieve, a place to go when you want to feel connected to the family member or friend you have lost. There are scientific studies that support the importance of having a physical space to mourn, as well as hundreds of thousands of anecdotal stories about how cemeteries help people cope with loss and grief. (more…)

How to Prepare for Your First Meeting with the Funeral Director

October 26th, 2018
How to Prepare for Your First Meeting with the Funeral Director

How to Prepare for Your First Meeting with the Funeral Director

When you lose a loved one, your first order of business is to choose a funeral home that will guide you through the burial decision making process. This funeral home will help you arrange the burial, cremation, funeral, and/or memorial service, up to and including selling you all the necessary items and preparing the body for the type of interment you choose. (more…)

Dealing with Grief through Photography

October 22nd, 2018
Dealing with Grief through Photography

Dealing with Grief through Photography

Everyone deals with grief and bereavement differently. For some people, it is a private journey that takes place almost entirely inside the heart and head. For others, mourning the loss of a loved one involves community, family, and as much outreach as possible. For still others, it is important to find a physical medium to commemorate a loved one. (more…)