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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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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