Why Wasn’t I Asked to Help Plan the Funeral?

May 26th, 2019

Why Wasn’t I Asked to Help Plan the Funeral?

When a loved one dies—whether it is a parent, spouse, child, sibling, grandparent, or a close friend—it is natural to want to participate in the funeral planning process. Your relationship with the deceased was unique and special, and the best way to strengthen that bond is to be in the room where the important burial decisions are being made. (more…)

Who Should Serve as Pallbearer?

May 21st, 2019

Who Should Serve as Pallbearer?

If you are holding a traditional funeral and traditional burial, then it is likely that you’ll need pallbearers. These individuals are responsible for lifting and carrying the casket from the funeral to the hearse or burial site. The term “pallbearer” (taken from the pall, or cloth that covers a coffin) is one that carries importance in both historical and modern times. A pallbearer is usually a family member or close friend, someone who is both strong and young, and—more traditionally—someone who is male. (more…)

Guide to Facebook Obituaries

May 16th, 2019
In our age of social media, it is no longer sufficient to simply publish an obituary in the newspaper. Because so much of our time is spent online, we have friends, acquaintances, and even colleagues whose primary point of contact with us is through Facebook or social media. Publishing a Facebook obituary after the death of a relative not only gives people the closure they need, but it also ensures that your loved one’s legacy is preserved exactly the way you want it to be. (more…)

How to Ask for Help with Grief

May 11th, 2019

How to Ask for Help with Grief

If you have ever lost a loved one, chances are you’ve heard the phrase, “Please let me know if there’s anything I can do” so many times that it barely registers. (more…)

Losing a Loved One: Should I Hold a Public Viewing?

May 6th, 2019

Losing a Loved One: Should I Hold a Public Viewing?

When a loved one dies, there are many different considerations that go into funeral planning. Cremation or burial? Which cemetery to choose? What kind of casket? Who should oversee the funeral? When should we hold it? (more…)

The Most Common Funeral Planning Mistakes

May 1st, 2019

The Most Common Funeral Planning Mistakes

Planning a funeral—either for yourself or for a loved one—is not a task you tackle every day. In fact, it is the kind of task that most people encounter only a few times, each one fraught with fragile emotions, high tensions, and sweeping life changes that can knock you off your feet. (more…)

How to Support the Men You Know Who are Grieving

April 27th, 2019

How to Support the Men You Know Who are Grieving

Everybody grieves differently. Some people wear their feelings on the outside and reach out for support. Others internalize a loss and withdraw into themselves. Still others show more physical rather than emotional symptoms, which can directly impact their health over time. (more…)

Using Art for End-of-Life Planning

April 27th, 2019

Using Art for End-of-Life Planning

Sitting down with your loved ones and having a frank discussion about death, dying, and burial is tough to do. In our culture, we do everything we can to avoid or even deny the realities of death, often leaving all the decision-making and funeral planning until it is too late. And those who do take a more proactive approach to their funeral plans often do so in secret—not sharing any of their arrangements until their families read their wills. (more…)

What is an End-of-Life Doula, and Do I Need One?

April 23rd, 2019

What is an End-of-Life Doula, and Do I Need One?

Most people associate the word and profession doula with the birthing process. Traditionally, a doula is a non-medical holistic professional who assists women in labor and delivery—providing emotional support, training and education, physical assistance, and services to the family. Not every woman who gives birth uses a doula, but many women who want a more natural birth process prefer to have these professionals at their side rather than more formal (and seemingly impersonal) medical professionals. (more…)

Ten Historical Cemeteries Worth Visiting

April 19th, 2019

Ten Historical Cemeteries Worth Visiting

A historical cemetery might seem like a strange vacation destination, but there’s something hauntingly beautiful about taking a stroll through time in this way—so much so that many of these historical cemeteries advertise to tourists. Not only can you visit the graves of famous people at these locations, but you can witness the touching humanity that occurs throughout the centuries. In fact, cemeteries offer history, art, culture, and nature in one scenic location. (more…)