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 >>
Becoming a funeral director might seem like an unusual choice. But it’s not just a job, it’s a compassionate career, a calling and a labor of love in service to grieving families. Funeral directors take the worst day of a person’s life and try to ease their pain. They also tend to all the little details before, during and even after the funeral that make it easier for the family to focus on celebrating a loved one’s life., ThisRead More >>
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 >>
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