Thoughtful Ways to Remember a Loved One on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving. A holiday to give thanks and enjoy three things: food, family, and football. This is great for most, but for some, the loss of a family member hits them hard at this time of year. So while you’re giving thanks and gathering with friends and family, here are some things you can do to include your loved one and their memory during your Thanksgiving holiday. Set a Place for…

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Are the Five Stages of Grief Correct?

When you lose a loved one, you hear a lot about the stages of grief. You know, denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. We’ve all heard of them; they’ve been ingrained in our heads forever. But what f they aren’t correct? Do you know where they originated? We do! Take a look! Where Did the 5 Stages Originate? Introduced in the 1969 book titled On Death and Dying by Elisabeth…

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Best Choices for Funeral Attire

Last month we shared the top three things you should NOT do at a funeral. One of those things was not to dress like you’re headed for a night out and to ensure that your clothes are clean and pressed. Today we will dig a little deeper into what proper funeral attire is and what are the best choices you can make when deciding on your clothes for the day….

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Top Three Things You Shouldn’t Do at a Funeral

Look around the internet; there is no shortage of websites discussing funerals. What to say, what to send to the grieving family, and how to choose the right flowers. These are all great ideas and resources, but we want to share our top three things you shouldn’t do at a funeral – countdown style. We’ve seen a lot over the years, and in our opinion, these are the three biggest,…

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Steps to Take When Death Occurs

It is never easy to address a family member’s or loved one’s death. Death often comes when nobody expects it, making it difficult to understand what tasks need to be done and when. The funeral must be planned, bank accounts closed, pets rehomed, and final bills paid. The amount of paperwork may take you by surprise. It’s a big responsibility and requires massive attention to detail. Settling all affairs for…

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How Using Therapy Dogs Helps at Funerals

Attending a funeral is one of the saddest, most inhumane experiences we face. We face the loss of a loved one multiple times in our lives, and we can never truly recover. Having dogs at funerals can add some humanity to a rather inhumane scenario. How Dogs Can Help Pets lower cortisol levels, the “stress hormone,” and provide relief from depression, anxiety, and social isolation. Some neurotransmitters, including oxytocin, serotonin,…

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Vital Records After A Loved One Passes

Everyone knows that you are issued a birth certificate when you are born. The birth certificate is commonly used when applying for employment, passports, and more. A birth certificate includes the child’s name, date, and gender. It also contains the names of the parents, date of registration, and place of birth. A birth certificate’s elements are different from that of a death certificate. Different states have different birth certificates. Although…

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What You Should Know About Grave Markers

A grave marker personifies a loved one who has passed on. It may be one of the only things that future generations can access regarding someone’s life. There are many options when choosing a marker for your loved one, but we’ll start with the basics and discuss the more common materials used for markers today.  Many different factors come into play when deciding which material you should choose. Things to…

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Great Ways to Memorialize a Veteran

The brave men and women who fight for this country deserve admiration to keep their legacy alive. Whether you or someone you know has lost a loved one who served in the military, there are many ways to pause and respect their commitment to our daily freedoms. Create your special tributes with the ideas that follow! Display the American Flag For a veteran, nothing is more sacred than the American…

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How to Write a Heartfelt Eulogy

How do you squeeze a lifetime of memories and experiences into a eulogy? It’s a challenge to fit everything that you want to say into a ten-minute speech! Here are some tips to help you share your memories without sounding like you’re reading from a list. What is a Eulogy? A eulogy is a remembrance speech that family members or close friends give during a funeral. Most tributes are around…

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