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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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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How to Help a Grieving Child After a Loved One Dies

Children may not completely understand it, but they are aware of death. Death is a common theme in television and cartoons, and some children may have friends that have lost a loved one. This is all well and good, but experiencing grief firsthand is often confusing for kids. Parents and caregivers can not protect children from the pain of loss, but they can help them feel safe. Allowing them to…

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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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Go Green with Your Burial

The options for a green death are growing. Disposition methods are becoming greener, and cemeteries are opening up natural burial sections. If you are considering a green burial, do you know what options are available to you? Here are just a few of the many environmentally friendly burial options available. Caskets Simple Wooden Casket A simple wooden casket must be made of solid wood with no glue, metal, or varnish…

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Visitation & Funeral Tips

When someone passes away, there are typically two gatherings: a visitation and a funeral. Depending on how well you knew the deceased and their family, you may attend one or the other or both. Here we will discover a little about each gathering and what you can do to put your best foot forward to ensure a pleasant exchange with everyone present. What Is A Visitation? A visitation is an…

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Talking to a Loved One About Their Final Wishes

A sad but an unavoidable fact of life is that none of us will live forever. Nevertheless, it can be difficult to discuss your final wishes with your family and even more challenging to start the conversation with an ill or elderly loved one. Many people are uncomfortable broaching the subject of death, but everyone should think about how they want to be remembered and feel comfortable sharing those preferences…

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