Posts Tagged ‘family’

How to Give a Eulogy for a Relative

Friday, November 17th, 2017
How to Give a Eulogy for a Relative

How to Give a Eulogy for a Relative

For many people, giving a eulogy for a family member is one of the most difficult aspects of a funeral. Regardless of your feelings on public speaking, the act of standing up in front of a crowd and sharing your pain and emotions is hard to do. Add in the complicated family dynamics that often accompany funerals, and you might feel that it is better to stay seated and let someone else do the eulogizing. (more…)

Grieving an Estranged Family Member

Monday, August 14th, 2017
Grieving an Estranged Family Member

Grieving an Estranged Family Member

There is no denying that grief is a personal, difficult journey, and that no two people approach it the same way. The loss of a beloved parent or the death of a dear friend is likely to hit you hard, and you won’t know how you will cope until it happens to you. (more…)

Funeral Etiquette After a Divorce

Monday, May 1st, 2017
Funeral Etiquette After a Divorce

Funeral Etiquette After a Divorce

Death is not the only thing that separates families. Although nothing is quite as final as the passing of a loved one, divorce often does just as good a job at keeping people from sharing their lives. Depending on how things stand within the families, you might still keep in contact with your ex’s family, you might be estranged from all of your previous in-laws, or you might share some other kind of arrangement. (more…)

Is it Possible to Make Funeral Planning Fun?

Friday, March 17th, 2017
Is it Possible to Make Funeral Planning Fun?

Is it Possible to Make Funeral Planning Fun?

It is difficult to think of planning a funeral for a loved one as a pleasant activity, but that does not mean the entire process the has to be a sad, heavy affair. Although there will always be an undercurrent of grief in these situations, there can also be moments to treasure and value. (more…)

Babies at Funerals

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Babies at Funerals

Funeral etiquette dictates that families think long and hard before they bring children to a funeral. In addition to questions of whether or not a child is equipped to handle the concept of death (and a possible viewing), there are other attendees to consider. Children can be noisy, disruptive, and irreverent at a time when other people simply want space to grieve. So, too, can kids ask questions—innocent enough on their own—but the way they are asked can evoke strong emotions. (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…)

When is it Okay to Go Against the Wishes of the Deceased?

Monday, October 3rd, 2016
When is it Okay to Go Against the Wishes of the Deceased?

When is it Okay to Go Against the Wishes of the Deceased?

The funeral planning industry encourages individuals to take responsibility for their own death and funeral plans. From fully prearranged funerals with every detail laid out and paid for, to funeral checklists and apps that outline individual wishes, it is all about making your wishes known and easing the burden on your family after you are gone. (more…)

Who Should I Invite to be Part of the Funeral Service?

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
Who Should I Invite to be Part of the Funeral Service?

Who Should I Invite to be Part of the Funeral Service?

It takes quite a few people working together to ensure that funeral planning goes off without a hitch. From the funeral director who oversees the details to the individual who stands up to give the eulogy, the best and most unique parts about a funeral are the people who are willing to put in their time and effort. (more…)

Funeral Planning and Unwanted Houseguests

Monday, June 27th, 2016
Funeral Planning and Unwanted Houseguests

Funeral Planning and Unwanted Houseguests

When a death occurs, some people choose to surround themselves with family and friends as a way to cope. Being alone during this time can be difficult, especially if you are struggling with not only your grief, but day-to-day pressures like taking care of your kids, figuring out how financial matters stand, and self-care. (more…)