Grave Money: Why do some tombstones have coins on them?

Grave Money: Why do some tombstones have coins on them?

Have you ever been in a cemetery and saw coins laying on a headstone? A coin left on a headstone lets the deceased soldier’s family know that somebody stopped by to pay their respect. A penny means you visited. A nickel means you and the deceased veteran trained at...

Top 15 Bible Verses for a Celebration of Life Service

Top 15 Bible Verses for a Celebration of Life Service

A Christian funeral service is not complete without a few readings from scripture. Readings can help mourners process the loss and find meaning in the midst of pain. Additionally, the Bible is full of verses that give hope to the hopeless, comfort to the grieving, and...

Choosing Between Hope and Grief

Choosing Between Hope and Grief

Feeling hope and grief may seem like opposites. Believe it or not, you don’t have to choose between hope and grief. It is normal to be in the midst of your grief and find hope there. It is also okay to feel so hopeful and still feel the pain of your grief.  Hope is...

National Heart Month

National Heart Month

While Heart disease is the #1 killer in the U.S., there are steps you can take to keep your heart healthy and strong. #HeartMonth

Tips for Supporting a Grieving Friend at Halloween

Tips for Supporting a Grieving Friend at Halloween

It’s Halloween. Costumes are coming out, parties are being planned, and thousands of pounds of candy is flying off the shelves across the nation. But even as people revel in the changing of the seasons and the fun of dressing up, we can’t forget that many of our...

How to Preserve Your Funeral Roses and Make Meaningful Mementos

How to Preserve Your Funeral Roses and Make Meaningful Mementos

Funeral roses are some of the most common flowers to give and receive when a loved one dies. Not only do they bring those who are grieving comfort, they also represent love and respect for the deceased.So, why should you only get to enjoy them for a short amount of...

Organizations to Notify When Your Loved One Dies

Organizations to Notify When Your Loved One Dies

Along with the grief that comes with losing a loved one, family members also take on the responsibility of notifying many organizations of their death. To make this process easier, we have provided a list of the most important organizations to contact when your loved...

What Do You Do When Someone Dies?

What Do You Do When Someone Dies?

If you’ve recently lost someone you love, you have our sincerest sympathies. For many of us, dealing with death and all the logistical and emotional details associated with it is unknown territory, and frankly, a little frightening. We ask ourselves, “What do you do...

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...