How to Prepare for the Inevitable

Two things are inevitable: death and taxes. If you’re reading this, you’re alive, and you’re probably annoyed with having to pay taxes. And sometimes you find yourself wondering when and/or how you’ll pass away into that great unknown.   For those of you who feel you’re “near death,” or know someone who is, there are [...]

Consoling a Grieving Friend With Grace and Compassion

It’s generally agreed upon that life is about how you respond to adversity. Of course, the finality of death makes this difficult, and that’s what makes grieving such a fragile subject. This is also why it’s such a challenge to know exactly what to say when a good friend loses a loved one.   Consoling [...]

What is the Proper Attire for a Funeral Service?

  At one time, proper wear for a funeral was pretty cut and dry – formal and dark colors. These days, funeral attire doesn’t necessarily have to fit into that category. This often makes for a difficult decision when dressing for a funeral service.   A good rule of thumb before deciding what to wear [...]

What You Can do With A Loved One’s Ashes

For different reasons, many people choose to cremate the remains of the departed.  Did you know there are countless beautiful ways to preserve their memory with their ashes? Whereas a burial is final, cremated remains are an actual, tactical reminder of the loved one, which can bring much peace to a person’s grief.   A [...]

Instructions for Writing an Obituary

Writing an obituary is often a difficult process, due to the heartbreak involved.  That said, it can also be a wonderful opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the life and accomplishments of a loved one.   Did you know there are a couple different ways to write an obituary?  That said, newspapers have a standard way [...]

Tips for Honoring a Loved One

Helping a Friend With Grief

Losing a loved one is a rough part of life that we all go through at some point in our time. The grieving point over a loved one is often a lengthy and depressing process.   Some things will be changed dramatically; a room that was previously thought of as a peaceful and comforting place [...]

Deciding Between a Wake and a Funeral

Wake or Funeral

  One of the reasons death can be so difficult to deal with is the knowledge that the deceased can never be replaced.  At the same time, death is not only a time for sadness, but also a chance to call attention to and reflect upon the life of a loved one. Of course, every [...]

Reasons to Consider Donating Tissue and Organs

Donating organs and tissue is somewhat of a touchy subject, but the sad reality of it is that many people are in need of a transplant in order to save their life. It is statistically shown that around 120,000 Americans are waiting for a transplant to save their lives and that number is constantly increasing, [...]

How Quickly Should You Have a Funeral After a Loved One Passes Away?

One of the most difficult decisions that people have to make after losing a loved one is how quickly they should have a funeral service to celebrate their life.  Some people prefer right away, while some may hold off for a month or longer due to grief or mitigating circumstances.   A month may seem [...]

What Do Funeral Homes Do For You?

When someone passes away, a funeral home is called upon to perform many tasks that need to be done to allow the deceased to rest in peace and to take care of their final wishes.   A funeral director and his or her staff are on call all the time, since people pass away at [...]