Should You Have a Wake and a Funeral For a Loved One?

While different cultures have different ways of mourning the dead, in general it’s fairly common for there to be a wake followed by a funeral.   A wake is a time when friends and family gather together before the funeral to mourn and remember the deceased person. A long time ago, the wake would take […]

Sympathy Flowers Are a Tasteful Funeral Gift

Death is not pretty, but flowers are. Sending sympathy flowers to honor the dead at their wake and/or funeral is a way to express love and respect for them, as well as provide some colorful beauty for those in attendance. It has been a long-held custom to have beautiful flowers at funerals. What do men […]

How Should You Choose Pallbearers?

You’ve heard the term “pallbearer” but you probably have no idea why they’re called that, right? A pall is the heavy cloth draped over a casket. Therefore, the pallbearer is someone who bears the casket which the pall covers. If and when a person is cremated, they don’t need pallbearers. Also, if they’re having a […]

Ways to Honor a Deceased Veteran

Memorial Day is typically a day people use to remember and honor deceased veterans. Did you know that back in the year 2000, President Clinton signed into law the “National Moment of Remembrance Act,” which said Americans should pause for one minute at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day each year to reflect on […]

What Does it Mean When a Loved One Goes to Hospice?

What does the phrase “going to hospice” mean? Hospice typically involves a person going somewhere to be taken care of because they’re suffering with a disease, a cure is no longer an option, and they need intense care from others. Hospice care may take place in a person’s own home, but more often than not, […]

Popular Places to Spread a Loved One’s Ashes

Joan Rivers once famously joked, “My husband wanted to be cremated. I told him I’d scatter his ashes at Neiman Marcus — that way, I’d visit him every day.”   A variation on that joke is that ladies who love to spend their husband’s money on the slots at the local casino say, “Scatter my […]

The Different Roles of a Funeral Home

It’s the day everyone dreads. The day you knew you’d have to deal with at some point, but never wanted to think too much about. It’s the day when you lose a love one, and after dealing with your initial grief, having to begin the difficult process of planning a funeral service.   Being available […]

Why Do People Tend to Wear Black at Funerals?

  In America, most people wear black clothing at funerals. Why is this?   In general, wearing black to mourn the dead has been a tradition passed down over generations for centuries. Way back during Roman times, families would don dark-colored togas to mourn the dead. This tradition continued with people in England during medieval […]

A Brief Look at the History of Funerals

One thing about humanity that hasn’t changed in centuries is the urge to properly care for the dead. Long before any of us were alive, our ancestors were performing some type of ceremony, funeral rite or ritual for the departed. Land was set aside for the dead and memorials were built, often using stone, to […]

Change the Lives of Others With Organ Donations

If you think about it, when you’re dead you no longer have use for your organs. Therefore, if you’re open to the idea, you should consider signing your driver’s license or some other card to indicate to the world that you’d like to donate your organs to those in need after you’ve died.   Did […]