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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Creative Ways to Memorialize a Loved One

An old wooden box,     filled with old photographsAt the time of a loved ones passing, it is hard to feel anything but sorrow, sadness and often times, anger. The loss of someone close to you can consume every living fiber in your body and soul; however, it can be healing for you, your family and friends to rise above the feelings of grief to create a memorial of your loved one and remember their living years. A funeral is a sad occasion but at the same time, is a celebration of one’s life.

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The One Thing No One Wants to Talk About

Death The One Thing No One Wants to Talk About5 23No matter how old you are or how much experience you have had with loved ones passing away, talking about the dreaded “D” word can still be one of the hardest subjects to discuss. Death is inevitable, but it’s a subject that is not high on anyone’s conversation list. Planning a funeral, writing a will and discussing what should happen with your belongings and how your estate will be handled are often topics that bring up the topic of death. It has been said that the more you prepare by pre-planning for circumstances after your death, it may be easier for family members to manage grief and sorrow after a loved ones passing.

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How to Prepare for Loss Part One | The Five Stages of Grief

Blond woman with long hair looking down,     sad,   black and white.We’ve all had at least a brush of grief over death in our lives in some way or another and none of us have ever felt prepared for it. Whether you are anticipating the death of a loved one, mourning the loss of someone who has already passed on or are anxious about an illness you yourself are facing, the five stages of grieving are experienced by many, regardless of the situation. In this three part series on grieving, we will cover the five stages, as they can apply to a variety of situations.

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The Natural Order of a Funeral | Planning and Celebrating a Loved One’s Life

Bouquet of red roses,     daisies,   and white lilies.At Willwerscheid, we want to make this difficult time in your life easier. We want to make sure your family is taken care of and that as you begin your journey through the grieving process, you know you have someone to depend on to help plan the services for your loved one. We want to ensure that the funeral service is both meaningful and memorable for all who take part in the remembrance and celebration of one’s life.

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Letters of Notification | How to Notify Organizations and Businesses of a Loved One’s Passing

Man writing lettersWhen a loved one passes away, there are a lot of things to consider and a lot of paperwork to complete. Telling people about a death can be difficult and also emotionally tiring, but it is important that you tell people who did business with your loved one. If you don’t feel like doing this yourself, you can ask a friend or another family member to help you. With so much on your mind it is easy to miss someone.

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Dying in Pieces | The Caregivers Grief

Elderly woman in focus,     companion in back unfocused. Someone asked a physician, “What is the most difficult diagnosis to make?” Her comment, “It used to be that dreaded word ‘cancer.’ Now it is ‘memory loss.’”
Modern science has helped us to live long, healthier lives. However as medical technology has assisted us to live beyond previous lifespans, the odds increase that we are more prone to dementia. The word dementia comes from the French word dement, “a condition of madness or insanity.” The modern usage now implies cognitive damage affecting learning, planning, remembering and retrieving. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. Studies indicate that 10 percent of the population age 65 and over will suffer from Alzheimer’s. The incidence increases with age. Twenty per cent of those 85 and older will become the sad inheritors. At present, there is no cure. No race, gender or socioeconomic group is exempt.

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Easy Checklist | Who to Notify When Your Loved One Passes Away

Easy Checklist Who to Notify When Your Loved One Passes AwayAs you or someone you know begins their journey through the grieving process, it can be a very daunting and challenging task to remember who needs to be notified of their passing. Beginning with close family and friends is a good start, but the extent of who should know is much larger. Often times, you may not even know where to start or how to begin. We hope this summary and helpful checklist will help make the process of notification much smoother and easier. We want to ensure you do not add stress to your life as you continue to move forward towards a path of peace.

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A Musical Tribute to Your Loved One: Funeral Hymn Guide

Guide to Funeral Hymns“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” - - - Victor Hugo

At the time of a loved one’s passing, many people find themselves at a loss for words. They struggle to express their sincere and heartfelt empathy for the sad occasion. It is at these times that music can unveil a dimension of meaning and feelings that words alone cannot create. We have put together a short list below of the most common funeral hymns that are used at funeral services. Along with the names, we have given a short summary of each hymn, to help you choose a musical piece that will best honor the life of your loved one.

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The Talk of a Lifetime: Conversations about Life and What Matters Most

Father and son talking at sunsetDo you recall the smell of your grandmother’s kitchen after a long day of baking cookies and pies or remember when your Dad taught you how to shoot a basketball? Do you remember all those fun, family vacations spent together in the warm summer months or the nights sitting around the campfire in the crisp autumn air, roasting marshmallows? These are memories that each of us have of a loved one in our life that are often forgotten at the time of ones passing. 
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