Posts Tagged ‘cemetery’

Is Winter the Best Time to Pre-Plan a Funeral?

Monday, December 5th, 2016
Is Winter the Best Time to Pre-Plan a Funeral?

Is Winter the Best Time to Pre-Plan a Funeral?

Like most industries, there is a busy season and a non-busy season for funeral homes. Although no one can predict their time of death, funeral homes tend to see more traffic during the summer months. More families choose this time to make pre-arrangements, purchase cemetery plots, and inter ashes they may have been holding onto since the winter. Because it can be difficult to open up the ground under piles of snow (and because gathering funeral guests around the holidays is almost impossible), people may also put off traditional burial until the warmer months. (more…)

Cemetery Decorations for Fall

Monday, 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…)

How to Find Green Funerals in Your Area

Monday, June 13th, 2016
How to Find Green Funerals in Your Area

How to Find Green Funerals in Your Area

A growing concern for families all across the country is how to say goodbye to a loved one in a way that honors his or her lifetime—and also honors the planet we all share. It is becoming more and more apparent that our habits, trends, and traditions are not always the best for the environment, and any way we can shift our worldview to make more eco-conscious choices is a good thing. (more…)

Planning the Committal Service

Monday, June 6th, 2016
Planning the Committal Service

Planning the Committal Service

When it comes to funeral planning, there are several different kinds of services you will need to consider. A wake, vigil, or visitation takes place prior to the funeral, offering loved ones a chance to gather (either in the presence of the deceased’s remains or not) to give their last respects. A funeral service is the formal ceremony that takes place at a church or funeral home with the body in attendance. A memorial service is similar in format, though it does not include the body and can thus be held anywhere, at any time. (more…)

How to Have a Headstone Replaced

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
How to Have a Headstone Replaced

How to Have a Headstone Replaced

There are dozens of reasons why a headstone (or grave marker) might have to be replaced or updated. Over time, wear and tear can break down the integrity of the stone—especially in areas with extreme weather. An error might have been made in the spelling of a name or date of birth. A shared plot often leaves room for an additional name in the future, but the spouse may change his or her mind about burial plans. You might also wish to upgrade a smaller headstone into something more elaborate as your financial situation improves. (more…)

Graveyard Superstitions

Tuesday, 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…)

Popular Tourist Cemeteries in the United States

Monday, March 21st, 2016
Popular Tourist Cemeteries in the United States

Popular Tourist Cemeteries in the United States

Although few people associate cemeteries and death with their ideal vacation plans, visiting local cemeteries is actually a popular tourist practice. Fusing history and nature, cemeteries have a way of capturing a city’s culture in ways that more traditional tourist sites do not—and because they are almost always free to the public, they provide a low-cost alternative to many kinds of national monuments, museums, and theme parks. (more…)

Pros and Cons of Living by a Cemetery

Monday, March 14th, 2016
Pros and Cons of Living by a Cemetery

Pros and Cons of Living by a Cemetery

We all know that cemeteries are some of the most beautiful places a city has to offer. Lush and green, secluded and historic, protected from development…if you want somewhere to be alone with your thoughts (and with nature), you can’t do much better than a cemetery. (more…)

What is a Perpetual Care Cemetery?

Thursday, February 4th, 2016
What is a Perpetual Care Cemetery?

What is a Perpetual Care Cemetery?

When you search for a cemetery as a final resting ground for you and your family, you are likely to come across the phrase “perpetual care,” “permanent care,” or “endowed care.” Often included as a charge above and beyond the typical cemetery costs, these are included as a way to ensure that the cemetery grounds remain in good care for decades (or even centuries) to come. (more…)

Different Types of Cemeteries

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
Different Types of Cemeteries

Different Types of Cemeteries

Most of us assume that all cemeteries are virtually the same—after all, a piece of land where a body is laid to rest is a piece of land where a body is laid to rest, right?

While it’s true that most cemeteries perform the same general purpose to society, they tend to take different approaches to how this is accomplished. Some are religious, some are secular, some are run by the government, and some are closed to all but families with previously purchased burial plots. Depending on what type of cemetery you’re looking at, you could encounter any of the following types. (more…)