Should I Be Cremated?

ShouldIBeCremated9 29Whether you’re pre-planning your own funeral or a loved one’s, figuring out all the details can be a daunting and emotional task. There are many aspects of the funeral to take into consideration, but one that is most often discussed is whether cremation should be chosen. Dependent on your religious and personal beliefs, you may still have many unanswered questions about this process. We always want to be able to assist in planning and keep you at ease about your pre-planning decisions. We have put together some helpful information about cremation, including the pros and cons of the process.

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Leaving a Lasting Legacy

Leaving a Lasting Legacy8 22At some point, we all think about the legacy that we will leave when we pass on to the next life. We often ask the same questions when we it’s time to share the legacy of a loved one who has already passed. Whether it is a family heirloom, a yearly charity event or an honorary donation to a club or organization, carrying on the legacy of someone’s passions and memory can be a healing experience on the path of grief. With the use of estate planning, we want to encourage you and your family to plan where the assets of a loved one or even your own are donated after passing. We hope that we can provide some insight and inspiring ideas to get you thinking about estate planning.

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Beautiful Memorial Service Quotes

Memorial Blog 6Whether you're looking for a quote for a program, a lovely plaque or any other need for your loved one's memorial service, we've got a few suggestions that will inspire you. For more memorial service quotes, follow us on Pinterest and check out our Memorial Service Quotes board.

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Inspirational Funeral Program and Memorial Ideas

Inspirational Funeral Program and Memorial Ideas8 7additionalIf you’re planning a funeral, there is a lot of thought and planning that must go into the process. Even in creating a funeral program and different memorial ideas, there’s a desire to make something creative and unique to your loved one who has passed away. While the typical paper program outlining the funeral service and a few brief notes of thanks is satisfactory for the funeral, creating a presentable program and service while tailoring it to match your loved one’s hobbies and lifestyle provides a keepsake to treasure for the days, weeks and years ahead. After all, a funeral service is a celebration of one’s life.

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9 Creative Things to Do with Cremated Remains

Young girl with braids cuddling a stuffed animal outside in the sun.When a loved one passes away and chooses cremation, it is most common for the family to bury the urn, spread the remains or even display the urn in their home. While each of these ideas have special meaning to a family, there are many, many other unique and special ways to honor a loved one and their cremated remains. We have created a useful list of things to do with cremated remains of a loved one. We hope that this list inspires you and your family to celebrate the life of your loved one in a memorable way.

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What Not to Wear | The Do's and Don'ts of Funeral Outfits

Man in navy blue suit with navy and white polka dotted tie.Staring straight into the closet, your mind draws a blank. A big question mark floats above you as you debate on what to wear or what is even appropriate to wear as you prepare to attend the funeral of a loved one. It’s hard enough trying to understand death and why your loved one is not amongst the living anymore, but to have to pull yourself together and get dressed in the best way you know how to honor their life, can be a challenge. We want to help!

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Honoring a Loved One | Online Obituaries

Woman sitting on a hotel bed typing on her laptop.Simple Tips for Writing a Personal and Heartfelt Online Obituary
When a loved one is lost in your life, it can be extremely difficult to put all your thoughts and feelings into an obituary. The stress of trying to create a thoughtful and honest obituary is only compounded by the constraints of newspaper space and price. While there can be a lot of pressure to put everything about someone’s life into a short narrative, preparing an online obituary where there is more time and space to add the story of a life, can be the answer you are looking for.

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How to Prepare for Loss Part Three | Grief Resources

Circle made of people of various races clasping hands.Who can you reach out to for guidance through your grieving journey? Are there written resources out there that you can read to help you prepare for or cope with your loss? We have created a list of resources that we hope can help you during a very difficult time in your life. We do not want you to feel alone as you grieve the loss of your loved one. We are here to support and listen to you and hope that the following information will be helpful for you or someone you know.

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Talking about Death with Your Children

TalkingAbouttheDWordWithChildren6 27Simply discussing the reality of death amongst adults can be extremely difficult, but the topic of death and dying can be even harder to talk about with children. Many parents see the importance of being as open and honest as possible with their children about the facts of life. Death unfortunately, is one of them. It is something we cannot control and it is inevitable and our children often need guidance and help as they try to navigate grief and death.

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Green Cremation | Is it really environmentally friendly?

Green moss covered forrest floor with very tall thin trees.Resomation, alkaline hydrolysis, water cremation, or green cremation are all terms, some more scientific and some more marketing, that describes a process of one type of final disposition of a deceased person. The Bay Area Funeral Consumers Association recently published an article on this subject which we hope you will find interesting.

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How to Prepare for Loss Part Two | Coping with Anticipatory Grief

How to Prepare for Loss Before A Loved Ones PassingYour heart drops into the pit of your stomach. You feel unsteady, like you’re standing in a dinghy, with the chopping waves slapping the sides of the small boat. You fight the urge to pass out, simply to understand the news that has just been delivered. Your loved one has been diagnosed with a terminal illness and their prognosis is questionable. Even though we inherently know that we will all die someday, it seemed like a distant threat. But now it is present and daunting for your loved one; and you, as you stand beside them. If you have ever found yourself or know someone who has been in this situation, you know that it can be an uphill, difficult battle of emotions. Accepting this news and learning to move forward can be very difficult. In this second article of our three part series, we will discuss tactics to help you steer through the murky waters of grief while your loved one is still with you.

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