Funerals continue to evolve as our society changes. It’s impossible to know exactly what will happen next, but by evaluating trends we can get a fairly good idea. Here are some predictions from experts about the future of funerals: New traditions will be established. Increasingly, the focus will be on personalization, and people will move from the traditional funeralRead More >>
When you’re thinking about preplanning your funeral, consider all the possibilities, no matter how unusual. Take some time to really think about how you’d like the service to unfold and how your personality could be represented. Write down your ideas and talk to a funeral director about which ones are feasible. To get you started, here are some interesting ideasRead More >>
The loss of a loved one is painful, but there are certain days that are worse than others. For most people, birthdays and holidays are hard. For those who are grieving, anniversaries of the loss can be especially painful. If you’re struggling to cope with grief, try to have a plan for how you’ll deal with feelings that arise on these specialRead More >>
Technology was largely the domain of the young in the past. Many older people didn’t want to take it on because it seemed too complicated, and it was the younger generation who understood technology and lived by the trends. Today, however, everything is changing. Older people are much more comfortable with technology than ever before. TheyRead More >>
When a loved one dies, you want the funeral to be special. It’s important for the service to be a reflection of the life that was lived. A life-honoring tribute helps those who loved the person to find closure and begin to heal. But what if you don’t have a large amount of money toRead More >>
Established in 1872 in Hayward, California, Chapel of the Chimes has been serving families for more than 145 years, making it older than the city itself. Even before the town was incorporated in 1876, there was a lot of activity in the area. The Ohlone Indians were the first inhabitants. Then in 1843, soldier and surveyor Guillermo Castro was granted almost 27,00 acres of land by the MexicanRead More >>
When you’re deciding on a final resting place for yourself or a loved one, choosing the right cemetery is important. It should be a place of natural beauty so people will want to visit. It should also be convenient for friends and family to pay their respects. Just as important, though, is the maintenance of the location. If you’ve ever visited a cemetery that’s fallen into disrepair, you knowRead More >>
Even before recorded history, there is evidence of rituals and customs surrounding death and sacred spots where people placed their dead. All cultures have ways to honor their dead and mark the passing of a life, and many of these traditions go back for many generations. Today, though, modern funerals are changing. Personalized funerals are becoming popular. More and more, there’sRead More >>
The baby boomer generation has always done things their own way, and as they age in the coming years, more will want to start making their own end-of-life arrangements. In many ways, boomer funerals are more focused on personal expression than tradition. Among the most popular: “Bespoke” funerals that are tailored to their personality: Rather than following a specific, traditional order of service, many baby boomers are looking forRead More >>
April of this year saw the death of one of the most beloved first ladies in our nation’s history: 92-year-old Barbara Bush. The matriarch of the Bush family, Barbara’s 73-year marriage to former president George Herbert Walker Bush was the longest of any presidential couple. She was also the mother of another president, and was well-loved and respected not just by her family and friends but by the American people.Read More >>
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