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Checklist: Pre-Planning Your Funeral or Memorial Service

By planning your service in advance you can design and specify the exact type of service you would like, so that your friends and family celebrate you as you wish. And by letting your family know how you would like your funeral or memorial service to be, they will have less difficult and complicated decisions to make during a difficult emotional time.
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Plan. To Make it Right.

No one wants to think about their death any sooner than they must, but planning your funeral and cemetery services in advance, called “preplanning” or “prearranging,” is a responsible, caring act that can reduce stress for your grieving loved ones. It is easy to understand how making decisions now about your final arrangements can help assure those left behind that your wishes are being honored.   Read more »

Plan Your Funeral — Before You Need It!

When is the Best Time to Plan a Funeral?
Any time is a good time for funeral planning … except at the time of the funeral. Why? Because there are clear advantages to planning ahead for a funeral. Can you imagine planning a wedding in just a few days?   Read more »

How Preplanning A Funeral Benefits Loved Ones

Have you given any thought as to how you want to be remembered? Maybe you had a long career in the military that you would like to celebrate. Maybe you love animals and would like to encourage donations in your memory to your local humane society. When you pre-arrange your funeral, you put your wishes on paper so that your loved ones will know exactly how to celebrate your life and honor your memory.   Read more »

Moving On After The Loss of A Loved One

After The Memorial Service:
The time after a funeral (or other type of memorial service) can be hard. Attending the service might help you feel connected to the person you’ve lost or a sense of closure with their death. But after the service, you might also start to feel empty, lonely and sad. You might have to start thinking about returning to your everyday routine including school or work.   Read more »

Cremation Memorials

In the United States, as many as 80 percent of deaths today choose cremation. Cremation, despite its popularity, is still emotionally difficult for family members who are dealing with the finality of it all.    Read more »

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Adding a Legacy Contact

Social media has become the wave of future making the world seem like a much smaller place. When Facebook first launched, it was a site where college students could connect with other students. It has grown to become a site where teenagers in Los Angeles could share experiences with their grandparents in Paris instantly. However, there was never a way to truly remember a loved one who has passed away on Facebook. Until now, when someone passed away, Facebook would memorialize by offering a basic account that could not be managed by anyone.   Read more »

WILL VS. LIVING TRUST: UNDERSTANDING THE OPTIONS

In essence, both wills and living trusts are designed to do the same thing – to pass on assets at death. Both can be very effective, but they use different methods to do it. Therefore, you need to fully understand these differences in order to decide which method is better under your circumstances.   Read more »

Building A Memorial Garden

When a loved one, human or pet, passes on to the great beyond most gardeners first thoughts will be to plant something in their honor. There are several different ways you can set up and organize a wonderful memorial in the garden for those we have loved .
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5 ways to stay positive after a loss

Remaining positive is important. A positive attitude can get you through your grief. Here are 5 tips to regain a positive attitude after losing a loved one.   Read more »

Memorial Funds and Charity

Respecting and remembering someone after they’ve died is often a priority for family and friends. In fact, some families choose to continue to honor a deceased individual by setting up a memorial fund in the Deceased’s name. This not only honors the Deceased’s unique contribution to the world but helps others as well.   Read more »

10 Ways to Honor and Remember a Departed Loved One at Home

Grieving the loss of a loved one can be a lengthy process, and it’s different for everyone, even when the cause of the grief is the same. After a death, a house that previously offered many comforts can create complex sorrows, because the home has been forever changed.   Read more »

Forgiving Yourself after the Loss of a Loved One

If you are suffering from feelings of guilt after the loss of a loved one, even though the death was not your fault, Dr. Phil has advice on how to forgive yourself so that you can move on.   Read more »

Do you have a eulogy to write? – funeral speeches step-by-step

Having a eulogy or funeral speech to write is a gift and a privilege and while the task may appear difficult, it doesn’t need to be. If you follow the step by step guidelines below you can and willgive a memorable and fitting funeral speech or tribute.   Read more »

7 Helpful Funeral Etiquette Tips For The Bereaved

7 Helpful Funeral Etiquette Tips For The Bereaved   Read more »

What is Grief?

Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. The more significant the loss, the more intense the grief will be.   Read more »

Myths and Facts About Grief

There are lots of myths and facts about grief. Here we share five of those myths and facts.    Read more »

The 5 Stages of Loss and Grief

The stages of mourning and grief are universal and are experienced by people from all walks of life. Mourning occurs in response to an individual’s own terminal illness, the loss of a close relationship, or to the death of a valued being, human or animal.   Read more »

All along the way, they were willing to work with my children and myself, making the experience less painful. —W. R.