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...

The Five Stages of Grief

The Five Stages of Grief

If you've ever read or talked to someone about grieving and loss, you likely have heard of the Five Stages of Grief. This is an idea that people refer to when they talk about the way people often progress through the experience the grief cycle, from the first news of...

How to Write an Obituary

How to Write an Obituary

Writing an obituary for someone you love is an important way to honor and celebrate their life. The obituary acknowledges your loss, informs the community of the death, and invites those who knew your loved one (as well as people who care about you) to attend the...

Five Important Reasons to Have a Funeral Service

Five Important Reasons to Have a Funeral Service

Please consider the following benefits before making any final decisions regarding funeral and memorial services:   1). Experiencing the Ritual Taking part in a formal funeral ceremony often serves as an important rite of passage with both cultural and religious...

The Grieving Need You Most After the Funeral

The Grieving Need You Most After the Funeral

My father died suddenly while on vacation three years ago. The event rattled the bedrock of my life in ways that are difficult to describe, and taught me lessons I couldn’t have learned any other way.One of the truths I discovered, is that when you lose...

Social Security Survivor’s Benefits

Social Security Survivor’s Benefits

When a loved one dies, there are certain things you need to know about survivor’s benefits. You should immediately contact the local Social Security Office and apply for survivor’s benefits because in some cases, benefits may not be retroactive.How much...

Cleaning Out a Loved One’s Home: Where to Donate Stuff

Cleaning Out a Loved One’s Home: Where to Donate Stuff

What do you do with a family member's remaining things after their death? Once the important items and beloved keepsakes have been claimed by loved ones, there may still be a house full of stuff left over: furniture, books, and assorted miscellaneous household items....

What do I do when a death occurs?

What do I do when a death occurs?

The funeral home will help coordinate arrangements with the cemetery.Bring the following information to complete the State vital statistic requirements:• Birth Date, Birthplace, Father’s Name, Mother’s Name, Social Security Number, Veteran’s...

Things to consider when choosing a cemetery for a funeral

Things to consider when choosing a cemetery for a funeral

If you're planning a loved one's funeral, or pre-planning your own funeral, you're probably having to quickly learn a lot about all aspects of funerals and burial or cremation. Contact us BEFORE the cemetery, as the we will guide you in...

8 Important things to put in place before death

8 Important things to put in place before death

Pondering your own mortality is probably not high on your list of enjoyable activities, and yet getting your affairs in order is advisable for everyone.You may think “estate planning" is only for the wealthy, or that—since you're relatively young and/or...

New Year’s Resolutions for the Bereaved

New Year’s Resolutions for the Bereaved

As we begin the New Year, don't put restraints on yourself when it comes to Grief. Everyone grieves in their own way, and there is no right or wrong. Be comfortable with yourself. Here are some basic suggestions for the New Year to allow yourself to grieve. Remember,...