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Self-Care After Suicide Loss

Self-Care After Suicide Loss

Grief, in all its forms, is exhausting mentally, physically, and psychologically. In addition to all the emotions it stirs up, loss forces us into a life change – learning how to move forward without a loved one. For those who have lost a loved one to suicide, there...

Funeral Procession Etiquette and Guidelines

Funeral Procession Etiquette and Guidelines

Most of us have either witnessed or been part of a funeral procession. The images are somber and moving, alerting the entire community that one of their own has died. Growing up in small-town Iowa, I remember more than a few occasions when my parents pulled over our...

Do something today that you future self will thank you for.

Do something today that you future self will thank you for.

You won't regret making the decision to pre-plan your funeral and neither will your children. Give us a call or visit our website for more information on how you can take care of this today so your children won't have to worry about it. #PlanAhead

Healing from your grief is not easy.

Healing from your grief is not easy.

Healing from your grief is not easy. It’s a long, sometimes painful process. We want to help you on your journey toward recovery. Here are some suggestions that can make a big difference in your progress toward healing: Build a support team Don’t try to go through the...

7 ways to Celebrate Memorial Day 2020 at Home

7 ways to Celebrate Memorial Day 2020 at Home

Memorial Day is an annual day meant to honor and remember military personnel who died in service to their country. Celebrations for the holiday, which occurs on the last Monday in May, won’t look like they have in prior years, however, due to the ongoing coronavirus...

Processing Grief During a Pandemic, When Nothing Is Normal

Processing Grief During a Pandemic, When Nothing Is Normal

It’s been seven months since I held my mother’s hand as she died in hospice from leukemia. For the first six of those months I traveled nonstop, working remotely and visiting friends and family, partly to catch up on what I had missed in the year and a half that I was...

Mother’s Day Looks Different When Your Mom is in Heaven

Mother’s Day Looks Different When Your Mom is in Heaven

Mother’s Day looks like dodging the card aisle because you just can’t bring yourself to read them and the truth is you don’t feel like you belong in that aisle anymore, it’s for those with a mom who lives here and not in Heaven. It looks like changing the channel when...

Offering Sympathy From a Distance in the Time of Coronavirus

Offering Sympathy From a Distance in the Time of Coronavirus

When my good friend, Nikki, told me a few days ago that her father had just passed away from natural causes, my first reaction was to offer sympathy. Then I asked, “What are the funeral arrangements?” Her answer: “I’m not sure. We will have a memorial service, but we...

Tips for Working From Home

Tips for Working From Home

The global spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, is keeping people at home. Major conferences, including Mobile World Congress and Google I/O have been canceled to decrease the risk of infection. Some employers are encouraging or requiring people to work from...

Funeral Etiquette: What to Say When Someone Dies

Funeral Etiquette: What to Say When Someone Dies

It’s the news no one wants to hear: Someone you care about has lost a loved one. When you know the person who is grieving, but don’t know their loved one well (if at all), it can be especially difficult to decide what to say. Later, when supporting the person during...

Coping With Grief During the Holidays

Coping With Grief During the Holidays

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” the song tells us. But if you’re dealing with grief — namely the death of a loved one — the holiday season can become a barrage of painful reminders that your life isn’t what you had hoped. Surrounded by holiday joy and...

FUNERAL PROCESSIONS: WHO HAS THE RIGHT OF WAY?

FUNERAL PROCESSIONS: WHO HAS THE RIGHT OF WAY?

The modern funeral procession includes a lead car, funeral coach, and then family and friends in their vehicles, which travel from the funeral home or place of worship to the cemetery. “The procession or cortege literally means ‘to pay honor.’ Often the last thing we...

New Guidelines for Shipping Cremated Remains

New Guidelines for Shipping Cremated Remains

The predicted 2019 cremation rate is almost 55% and about 70% of cremated remains go home with families. This means your funeral home is likely to see more people choosing cremation. And with many families being spread out across the country or even the world, they...

Top Ten Items to Place in a Casket

Top Ten Items to Place in a Casket

For as long as people have held burials, they have been placing items into the grave to accompany the deceased on their final journey. Coins over the eyes to gain passage across the River Styx, the elaborate tombs of the kings and queens of Egypt,...

Grief can be fatal, take care to keep it in check

Grief can be fatal, take care to keep it in check

Grief is a natural human response to any kind of loss. You are inundated with overwhelming feelings. Though people often think of it as an emotional response, it can affect you physically too. It can cause physical, cognitive, social as well as behavioural...

Funeral and cremation misconceptions

Funeral and cremation misconceptions

Misconception 1: If I decide to cremate a loved one there won’t be a funeral.Today, the two most popular methods of disposition are burial and cremation. However, most families, regardless of whether they choose burial or cremation find value in holding a...

Funeral Planning Guide

Funeral Planning Guide

Our family will assist you with pre-arrangement pre-payment options, at-need funeral services, transferring your pre-arrangements from another funeral home, memorial services, merchandise and flower selections, cemetery headstones/markers selections,...

Its not moving on, its moving forward

Its not moving on, its moving forward

In her Ted Talk, writer and podcaster Nora McInerny shares her personal story with grief. In 2014 she went through multiple tragedies. She had her second miscarriage, her dad died of cancer, and as if her year couldn’t get any worse, her beloved husband passed away...

WHERE TO BE BURIED? A LOOK AT DIFFERENT CEMETERY TYPES

WHERE TO BE BURIED? A LOOK AT DIFFERENT CEMETERY TYPES

Most people would assume a cemetery is simply a place to bury the body. There are, however, several distinct types of cemeteries, each with a different purpose and that the most important part of the process is to notify your funeral home BEFORE making your selections...


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