As the Baby Boomers reach their golden years, attitudes on death and dying are beginning to shift. Perhaps because of this, end-of-life care is taking a more compassionate approach than in generations past. Volunteers, nurses, social workers and hospice workers are embracing a more caring attitude, with a view of death as a transition and a special eye toward howRead More >>
Funeral planning has many aspects to consider, from flowers to music to eulogies to the people you would like to speak. Traditional readings are usually pulled from scripture, which is comforting for many people. Often, the person who has died will have a favorite passage or verse that makes it easy to plan that part of the service. Today, however, many peopleRead More >>
More than just a final resting place, the gravesite of a loved one is a touchpoint for future generations. When people go to visit a loved one’s grave, it gives them the opportunity to feel close to that person again. For this special place to be ideal for reflection and remembrance, it needs to be properly maintained. ThereRead More >>
Over the past few decades, the internet has made it increasingly easy to stay in touch. Email and social media keep us connected, and even obituaries are now often found in an online format. There’s also the opportunity to sign virtual guest books long after the funeral is over. There are definite advantages when youRead More >>
Planning a funeral can be a daunting task, especially because it’s usually done at a time of stress when a loved one has died. Many people don’t understand why a funeral is necessary, so they plan out of a sense of duty. This is a common mistake, and it’s not the only one. A funeralRead More >>
One of the wonderful things about modern life is the connection afforded us by technology. We live in a society with the technology to link people who are continents apart, and it’s easy to connect even across many miles. Have you considered, though, how this technology might be used for a funeral? Funerals are notRead More >>
When you’re planning a funeral, there’s much to consider. Whether you have an immediate need or are preplanning for yourself, you’ll have to think about all the little details that make an end-of-life service meaningful. In addition to music and readings, a video tribute is one of the most wonderful ways to honor the personRead More >>
No matter where you are in the world, you’ll find that eating before or after a funeral is a tradition. From wakes to receptions, people gather to share memories and commune over food. The fare varies from culture to culture, and food can be comforting, symbolic, or both. In Vietnam, it is traditional to haveRead More >>
Losing a loved one is always difficult. Grief is painful, and it’s important to find constructive ways to work through our grief and begin to heal. To that end, we seek ways to honor our loved ones and keep their memories near to our hearts. Memorial keepsakes are a wonderful way to do this, andRead More >>
More people these days are choosing to preplan for their end-of-life arrangements, and it just makes sense. After all, you plan ahead for every other aspect of your life, from weddings to vacations to college to retirement, so why not make plans for your final celebration? When you preplan, you ensure that your wishes areRead More >>
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