What Do Funeral Directors Do?

Just about everyone has attended at least one funeral for a dearly departed loved one. From your experience you probably know that a funeral can be a sad but important event that allows loved ones to come together to honor the deceased and comfort each other. There are several aspects that go into the planning […]

Reasons to Have a Public Viewing

It has become a ritual of sorts to leave the casket open before a funeral or during a wake. This however comes from the history of the Americans, as there is no mention of this in ancient cultures.   Often times when a loved one passes away, they have the person embalmed and dressed up […]

Reasons to Consider a Mausoleum Burial

No one wants to think about his or her own death or the death of a loved one, but at some point, difficult decisions are going to need to be made and some uncomfortable conversations are going to need to happen. In order to guarantee that you have the funeral that aptly celebrates your life […]

How to Conduct Yourself Properly at a Funeral

Funeral Etiquette

When attending a funeral, you want to be on your best behavior and dress and act appropriately. Keep in mind, the event is to gather, mourn or celebrate, and reflect on a loved one’s life; you want to be respectful at all times both of your loved one and the others around you.     […]

How A Pet Funeral Can Bring You Closure

Most pet owners will tell you that the bonds they develop with their pets are often as strong as the ones they have with close friends and family members. In some cases, they are even stronger, which makes it even more difficult when a pet passes away. While having a funeral for a person is […]

Helpful Tidbits to Remember When Writing a Will

  A will is one of the most important things you’ll have to write, as it takes care of all of your personal belongings, treasures, estates, and vehicles to make sure they go to the correct hands once you no longer are capable of being in control of them. Whether you start writing your will […]

Working With a Professional Can Help You Properly Grieve

One of the most important things to do when suffering the loss of a loved one is to properly grieve and heal. While the support of friends and family can be very helpful, there are other services out there to make the process of mourning as painless as possible.   Christy Smith Funeral Homes is […]

What Are the Physical Effects of Grief?


Losing someone who was once close to you can be a very strenuous task to deal with. Learning to live without his or her presence, finding his or her belongings left behind, and living day to day with thoughts of missing him or her are all very natural things to go through when in the […]

The Importance of Being Available for a Loved One Dealing With Grief

When a loved one passes away, the person or people left behind may feel a void, emptiness, or loneliness during the time period after. Unfortunately, there is no medical cure for loneliness, longing, or grief, but a good friend or a loved one being there may make a huge difference in this grieving process. Though […]

How to take Care of Yourself While Grieving

When in a state of grief, anyone can act abnormal to his or her usual behavior. You may experience feelings of depression, anger, loneliness, fatigue, and weakness. You may also experience symptoms of heaviness, distress, detachment, and bitterness. These are all common side effects of dealing with the loss of a beloved friend or family […]