Posts Tagged ‘death’

What To Do on the Anniversary of a Loved One’s Death

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017
What To Do on the Anniversary of a Loved One’s Death

What To Do on the Anniversary of a Loved One’s Death

Almost anyone who has experienced loss will tell you that holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries tend to be some of the hardest moments to get through. While everyone else is out celebrating and enjoying themselves, you are mired in memories and the painful reminder of your loved one’s passing. In fact, if your loss was recent, these days have a tendency to feel incredibly burdensome at a time when they should be anything but. (more…)

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…)

Preparing for the Holidays with a Recent Loss

Monday, November 14th, 2016
Preparing for the Holidays with a Recent Loss

Preparing for the Holidays with a Recent Loss

Grief does not end at the funeral, especially if you happen to lose a loved one as the holiday season draws near. There is something about this highly festive time of year that magnifies feelings of loneliness and grief—and if your loss is a recent one, getting through each day can become even more of a struggle. (more…)

Funeral Flower FAQ

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
Funeral Flower FAQ

Funeral Flower FAQ

If you intend to send a sympathy gift to a family in mourning, it is a good idea to follow these general funeral flower etiquette guidelines. (more…)

How Can I Be Buried with My Pet?

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016
How Can I Be Buried with My Pet?

How Can I Be Buried with My Pet?

For many pet owners, the loss of a pet is as deeply upsetting as the loss of a friend or relative. Often serving as companions for decades, dogs and cats have a way of working themselves into our lives and into our hearts in a way that modern pet burial methods do not allow for. Pet cemeteries, pet cremations, and burial in the backyard might work for some individuals—but for others, nothing less than burial together will suffice. (more…)

Writing a Personal Memoir

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
Writing a Personal Memoir

Writing a Personal Memoir

One of the things many people want to do before they die is to write their life story or personal memoir. After all, once you are gone, all that will remain are the memories other people carry of you—your life as seen through someone else’s perspective. (more…)

Funeral Flower Colors and Their Meanings

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016
Funeral Flower Colors and Their Meanings

Funeral Flower Colors and Their Meanings

Although there tend to be rules regarding the color of your funeral attire (dark is best, with black, gray, and navy blue taking the lead), funeral flowers are more relaxed in terms of color choice. As long as you keep the arrangement tactful, you can send any other combination of colors you choose—and to put more thoughtfulness in your sympathy gift, you can even consider these popular flower colors and their meanings. (more…)

Department of Health and Burial Assistance

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016
Department of Health and Burial Assistance

Department of Health and Burial Assistance

Most states have a department dedicated to human and health services. Often known as a Department of Human Services, Department of Health Services, Department of Social and Health Services, or Department of Health and Welfare (just to name a few), these government-run organizations exist to provide social services and health care support to low-income families or families in crisis. (more…)

Funeral Planning and Community Support

Monday, July 11th, 2016
Funeral Planning and Community Support

Funeral Planning and Community Support

In an ideal world, funeral plans would always be a family affair. Siblings would come together from around the country to bury a parent. Friends and colleagues would pitch in to help a bereaved spouse struggling with finances. Entire communities would mourn the passing of a child. While these types of scenarios can and do happen all the time,  that is not always the case. There are many times when one person is left dealing with funeral plans and loss all on their own—and they may need to find support to make it through. (more…)

Funerals by Sea…and Air?

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
Funerals by Sea…and Air?

Funerals by Sea…and Air?

Funerals by sea are fairly common in this day and age. While your opportunities to send a body out to sea with a Viking funeral pyre or with a military farewell are not always possible, you can scatter ashes into the ocean (or lake) or opt to have cremated remains encased in a coral reef. (more…)