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 [...]

Tips for Writing a Eulogy

One of life’s more unexpected things to happen to a person is when they’re asked to deliver a eulogy for someone who has passed away. Typically, the person is caught off guard, and the initial reaction is, “Whoa, where do I start? What do I say?”   A eulogy is a prepared speech to honor [...]

What happens if you die without a will?

Planning for death is a morbid and disconcerting act, however for the safety and security of your loved ones it is necessary. Many people push off writing a will, but if you fail to do so, you could cause problems for the friends and family that you are leaving behind. It begs the question, what [...]

Three Reasons to Be an Organ Donor

One of the most awkward decisions we have to make in life is deciding whether or not we want to donate our organs and tissues after we pass.  In many states, citizens must make their decision when applying for a license.  Although it can be uncomfortable to think about, there are several reasons you should [...]

Grief: A Necessary Part of Loss

  Life is full of loss, whether it be the death of a loved one, divorce, being given a terminal diagnosis, or reaching a milestone age. And the grieving process is an integral part of dealing with loss and is unique to each person. This is a deeply personal matter and each one of us [...]

Tips on Choosing a Gravestone

Gravestones can be an important part of the grieving process. Since they are intended to be permanent markers that weave a specific idea, feeling, or identity of your loved one, you should take the time to properly select the gravestone that’s right for you. You have the time to consider the following tips when making [...]

Items You May Need When Planning a Funeral

Christy Smith Funeral Homes of Iowa can help honor your deceased loved one with a number of products, including caskets, urns, flowers and other funeral and burial items.   We have a large selection of carefully-selected caskets appropriate for burial in the ground or urns to elegantly store ashes if your loved one is cremated. [...]