How to Write an Obituary for a Funeral Program

How to Write an Obituary for a Funeral Program

Many people find that memorializing their loved one as they tell the story of their life through their obituary is both healing and therapeutic, especially when they have support as they write it. We hope this guide alleviates any apprehension you might have about how...
Who Should be a Part of Planning the Celebration of Life  

Who Should be a Part of Planning the Celebration of Life  

While the loss of a loved one often brings families together, it can also cause rifts and hurt feelings when family members feel overlooked or excluded. There is no simple guideline to determine who should be included in the planning process because of the complex...
Ask Yourself These Questions to Decide If You Need a Will

Ask Yourself These Questions to Decide If You Need a Will

Creating a will is one of those things that really makes you feel mortal, which is one of the reasons why millions of Americans put off taking this important life step. When you or a loved one passes without a will in place, it can cause many bad feelings with those...
How To Transport A Deceased Loved One Back Home

How To Transport A Deceased Loved One Back Home

If your loved one dies at home or their current dwelling, such as a long-term care facility or hospital, transportation is somewhat straightforward. In those cases, the funeral home of choice is called and they care for and transport the body with dignity. However,...
What To Do If Someone Passes At Home

What To Do If Someone Passes At Home

In some cases, loved ones pass away peacefully with an expert on death and dying – like a hospice nurse or doctor – nearby. This person knows exactly what steps to take to ensure your loved one’s body is taken care of respectfully and according to...
Which Flowers are Appropriate for a Funeral?

Which Flowers are Appropriate for a Funeral?

Most people have a variety of questions when attending a funeral: what to wear, what to say to family members who have lost a loved one and what (if any) type of food to bring to visitation. One question in particular seems to be universal: How do I decide which...
Selecting the Ideal Cemetery Plot for Yourself or a Loved One

Selecting the Ideal Cemetery Plot for Yourself or a Loved One

There are many factors to consider when selecting a cemetery plot. This includes location of friends and family members, cemetery rules and regulations, and details about the plot itself. There are also several types of cemeteries from which to choose, such as public...
Most Popular Songs for Any Type of Service

Most Popular Songs for Any Type of Service

Selecting just the right music for a funeral or celebration of life service can be challenging, especially when emotions are running high. Favorite songs that you’ve sung with your loved one for years may escape you, while popular classics may feel jarring or...
What You Should or Should Not Bring to a Funeral

What You Should or Should Not Bring to a Funeral

Just as there is no rule book detailing the “right” thing to say to someone at a funeral, it can be difficult to know what you should or should not bring to a service. Funerals and memorials are a time for quiet reflection, bonding with loved ones and...