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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Dispelling Myths About Grief

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Many caregivers have a real desire to learn more about aiding those who are grieving. Without a doubt we have witnessed an upsurge in interest in bereavement caregiving. However, many well-intentioned yet misinformed people are still victims of some widely held myths regarding grief.
The purpose of this article is to identify, describe and dispel some of the myths about grief. Providing quality care to the bereaved requires that we as a society work to dispel these myths outlined below. People who have internalized these myths become incapable of helping grievers move toward healing.

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A Practical Guide to Honoring Our Veterans- Part Two: Burial Benefits and Allowances

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In the second part of this article on veteran burial benefits, we will discuss what the burial benefits actually are and how your family can make the most of them. There are entitlements and restrictions to keep in mind when planning a veteran burial. We hope the outline below will give a summary of the most valuable information to consider when planning a burial for your veteran loved one. Make sure to check out part one of this series as well to see what qualifications are needed to be buried in a VA National Cemetery.

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My Journey: How to Understand Those Coping with Loss and Grief

coping griefRemember when we celebrated his golden birthday?
Remember when he was the star quarterback in high school and we cheered him to victory?
Remember when he graduated from college and went on to be successful?
Remember when he fell in love and the day we witnessed their union of marriage?
Remember that tragic day we lost him?

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A Practical Guide to Honoring our Veterans – Part One: Qualifications

flag sizedDo you have a loved one that served the United States in the Armed Forces? Are you unsure what benefits your family may have from the honored service of your family member? There are burial benefits offered to our veterans and in this two part article, we will cover the qualifications the individual must have to receive the benefits as well as an outline of what these benefits actually are and how your family can make the most of them.

 

 

 

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Beginner’s Guide to: Estate Planning - Part Three

grandpa daughter sizedWe’ve journeyed together through many questions about estate planning and today we will wrap up our series by answering four more questions that have been asked by many. Today, we will focus specifically on Living Trusts. Have other questions about estate planning? Don’t forget to check out parts one and two of the series to see if your questions are answered there.

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Highlighting our History

Funeral Service was quite different one hundred and thirty years ago.

historyThere were horse drawn carriages and hearses, processions by foot, seventy-two hour vigils, High Mass at the Cathedral, and the use of large wooden boxes for caskets. The average cost of a funeral in the late 1800's was about $120 (The value of a dollar in 1886 would now be equal to $26.61!). In 1886 a second generation American and father of eight established what we know today as Willwerscheid Funeral Home & Cremation Service. John Adam Willwerscheid, then Commissioner of the Saint Paul Fire Department, at the suggestion of a friend, founded J. A. Willwerscheid Mortuary. The original facilities were located in the back room of Dries Drug Store at Ninth and Saint Peter Streets. That was the first year John Willwerscheid provided funeral services to families in his community.

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7 Key Benefits of Estate Planning

couple sizedA few years ago while I was working for a financial services firm, we had a retired couple come into our office. They wanted to make sure their beneficiaries and estate plan was in place and up to date before they went on a trip overseas. They had traveled before and were looking forward to the time they would have together on their adventure. Unfortunately while on their trip, a tragedy occurred and they both lost their lives. We were stunned and saddened by the loss but at the same time, so impressed that they had the foresight to have all their plans in place long before they thought they would need to use them. They were ready so that when they did pass away unexpectedly their wishes and expectations were made known. While none of us ever want to utilize an estate plan, this story is just one example of why it’s best to have your estate planning and beneficiary designations up to date.

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First 13 Things To Do After the Funeral

13thingsYou have just suffered an emotionally devastating event and the last things you want to deal with are money and legal matters. However, they do matter and they must be done, so try to do the best you can. Many of these tasks can also be handled by family members and trusted friends, so allow them to assist you. This checklist can help organize some of the items that you will need to address in the coming weeks.

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