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.
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.Read more: A Musical Tribute to Your Loved One: Funeral Hymn Guide
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.
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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There 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.Read more: Highlighting our History