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Are Burial Vaults Necessary?

There are different reasons why people have burial vaults. One reason could be that cemeteries require these vaults while others consider it as an important part for the safekeeping of the ashes or the decomposed remains of their loved ones. For those who are still unsure of getting one, here are some details that you might find helpful in your decision.

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How to Express Sympathy and Offer Condolences

Saying and doing the right thing can be difficult when you try to express sympathy of offer condolences to the bereaved. It is important to acknowledge the loss and give support whenever possible. Here are some ways you can express condolences next time and avoid coming off as unsupportive and uncaring.

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Guide for Making Funeral Arrangements

Losing a loved one is never an easy thing to experience. Being prepared to handle this, will make matters easier for everyone involved. This guide will help you with the steps to arranging a funeral. We’ll take you through the steps of arranging a funeral — from making the first call when someone dies to the various matters to be handled following the funeral.

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How to Extend Support to the Bereaved

Death is considered as a normal part of living. However, being left behind is never easy. People who are coping with the death of their loved ones is never easy. The challenge is to help them deal or even just be there for the people who are bereaved as a support.

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Resomation: The Flameless Green Cremation

The green-cremation is considered to be an eco-friendly alternative to traditional cremation. However, it uses lesser energy to cremate the body. Resomation only uses one-third of the energy used in cremation which is a substantially lower energy consumption.

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Canadian Funeral Customs and Traditions

Funeral customs and rituals are often influenced by religious and cultural traditions. As such, funeral rituals differ from one religious group to another, even in Canada.Typically, the official funeral ceremony in Canada includes the viewing, the service, and the burial.

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American Funeral Customs and Traditions

Every country has its traditions even in funerals. Similarly, these traditions change in time. In the case of the traditional American funeral, their customs are composed of three parts. The first one is the visitation, followed by the funeral, and then the burial services.

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Creating a Green Funeral Plan

Learn how to plan a green funeral your way! We will be discussing everything you will need to know about planning a green funeral. Whether you create a basic funeral plan or want to plan all aspects of your funeral beforehand, we have some great advice and tools to help you start to finish. A Step-By-Step Guide Planning ahead is the best thing anyone can do. Start with some of the basics: will you want to be buried in the ground, cremated, donated to medical science, or a burial at sea. Funeral service options might include a traditional funeral, memorial service, graveside service, or no service at all. You will need to estimate the cost of your funeral. Knowing what is important to you will be key to estimating the final expenses of your green funeral plan. Make sure to share your plan with your loved ones so they know your plan ahead of time. You will want to pick a reliable family member, or friend to be the one responsible for carrying out your green funeral plan. Start with a basic funeral plan and keep it updated as you add details to it over time. Specify as many of the details of your funeral formalities as you wish. This part is optional if you would prefer not to go into as much detail. However keep in mind that this will be helpful for your loved ones who will be making your final arrangements for the funeral. Making the financial arrangements to allow your family to pay for the funeral is probably the most important aspect of the plan. Talking with a burial insurance specialist to help you figure out if you are leaving behind enough money to cover your funeral costs and other final expenses is important. If you don’t leave sufficient funds to cover the expense of your Green funeral plan it will not go as anticipated. You might consider funeral insurance, pre-purchased cemetery plot, and a pre-need contract for a funeral service provider that you want. This will protect your plan so that the green funeral you… read more Creating a Green Funeral Plan

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How Can Software Help You Organise a Better Funeral Fundraising Event

Planning a fundraiser for your funeral is an admirable undertaking. However, doing so can be rather stressful. Larger events that require a great deal of working with vendors and other service and product providers can be rather exhausting, too, especially if this event is being planned by one or a few people. There are better ways to go about planning these events, though. When it comes to planning a large fundraising event, the best thing to do is to make use of software that can guide the planning process.   Determine Technological Needs First and foremost, the type of access to technology needs to be assessed. This technology can be anything from mobile devices like cell phones and tablets to traditional desktops and laptops. However, accessing as much technology as possible means maximising the ability to plan the next, big event with ease. Some local and state nonprofit associations can provide consultation and referral services of where to gain information on more technology that could be available. A list of these associations can be found on the National Council of Nonprofits‘ website. Clarifying Points of Importance Initially deciding to plan a non-profit fundraising event can be extremely overwhelming. However, what needs to be declared from the beginning of the planning process is to make certain that the reason behind throwing this event is rather clear. Some software programs can help with guidance in figuring out these important parts of the process. Some software options also can provide insight in how to decide what major goals should be for the project. The goals need to be blatantly clear, written out, and should not be altered once the project has begun. Therefore, they need to be logical choices. The software options available today for planning such events means clarifying these goals and sticking to them in as many ways as possible. The goals need to be quantifiable, meaning they have to rely on numbers. Some examples of quantifiable goals are having 5,000 attendees for the event or raising $10,000.00. These types of goals are the best ones to deal with. Defining a… read more How Can Software Help You Organise a Better Funeral Fundraising Event

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What Every Veteran Should Know About Government Burial Benefits

The lost of a loved one is always incredibly difficult. Fortunately, the government has established all these benefits to ensure your loved ones can respectfully honor your life of service to your country.

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Planning a Celebration of Life Service

A Celebration of Life service is a non-traditional ceremony wherein a deceased person’s life and legacy is commemorated. The goal of these gatherings is to put more emphasis on honoring the memory of the deceased instead of mourning their death. Guests attending these events take this time to talk about the memories they had with the person who died. Compared to the more somber and traditional funeral services, Celebration of Life gatherings is more cheerful and optimistic. It is typically held right after the burial or cremation and, depending on the budget and the personality of the deceased, can either be small and intimate or grand. Due to its non-traditional nature, Celebration of Life services are not typically held inside a church or a funeral home but rather at outdoor gardens, rented halls, or even at a close family member’s home. Some services can also be held at specific places which bears significance to the deceased. Unlike traditional funerals, there are no set rules in planning a Celebration of Life service. Unless if your loved one left specific instructions, what you include in your service is completely up to you. You can choose whatever theme you see fit for the occasion. You also have the option to either hire a religious officer to preside the event or you can do it yourself. As previously mentioned, there are no set rules in planning the service, but to give you an idea, here’s what a typical Celebration of Life service includes: Speakers: This includes the host. They can talk about the deceased person’s personality and the fond memories they shared together.   Music: Live or digital music is acceptable and usually it is a genre that the deceased person enjoyed.   Refreshments: Depending on the venue of the service, guests can enjoy light snacks or catered meals. Mementos: Scrapbooks, photo albums, videos and personal items of the deceased are usually presented on memory tables and display boards. Memorial Booklet: A simple brochure or pamphlet outlining the Celebration of Life service that is given to the guests. These can easily be made by… read more Planning a Celebration of Life Service

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How to Help a Child Deal with Grief

Children feel and display grief in different ways depending on their age, environment, and how close they were to the person that died. As adults it is our duty to make sure that our children are properly guided in dealing with grief.

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Humanist Funerals: Saying Goodbye without God

Humanist funerals focus entirely on the deceased person; his life, achievements, and legacy. Now in the secular age, humanist funerals are getting popular as more and more people are abandoning theism.

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Cryonics: Facts vs Myths

Cryonics is met with a lot of skepticism in the mainstream scientific community due to its speculative and controversial nature. And where there is controversy a lot of myths and misconceptions are born.

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The Many Forms of Grief

If you were surprised when you found out that grief, in fact, has many forms, don’t worry, countless others have made the same mistake. Here is a quick and easy guide to the many types of grief.

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5 New Trends in the Funeral Industry

Funeral trends has made a profound impact in all aspects of our lives. Here are five new and rising trends in the funeral industry this 2017.

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How to Write and Deliver a Eulogy

Eulogies are highly emotional speeches that praise the life and memory of a deceased person. Sometimes, when people are in grief it’s hard to write a meaningful speech, let alone deliver. Here are 5 steps that will hopefully guide you in the whole process.

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Funeral Etiquette: Do’s and Don’ts

Having good manners is essential, and for highly emotional times such as funerals, the last thing you want to do is add unnecessary stress to the bereaved by being rude. To help you avoid awkward situations, here’s a list of things you should and shouldn’t do when attending funeral services.

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Dealing with Grief: Seeking Support from Others

Recovering from a recent loss is easier when you have the right support system. Do not grieve alone. Grieving is a process that takes time. Find comfort in talking about your feelings and express them accordingly.

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Scattering Ashes: Everything You Need to Know

Cremation has been increasingly popular over the years. Scattering the remains of loved ones are done mostly in public places. Thus, it is important to know the legalities and limitations of scattering ashes before doing so.

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Holidays and Grief

The holiday season is supposed to be the most beautiful time of the year but not for everyone. The pain of losing a loved one seems to become heavier during the holiday season. Here are 5 things we can do to lighten the burden and enjoy the time we have our loved ones who are still with us.

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Dealing with Terminal Illness

The downside of terminal illness is that there’s no exact date of when you and your loved one will see each other for the last time. There isn’t an easy way to cope with the situation and since talking about death is still considered as taboo, here’s what you can do.

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How to Keep Memories of Loved Ones Alive

Memories are the only thing we are left with when our loved ones pass away. Keeping memories alive literally or figuratively requires a blend of traditions and technology. Check out these 5 ways to commemorate them.

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4 Things You Should Know About Funeral Insurance

A funeral insurance is a practical way of preparing yourself and your family from death. Getting one is a step that must be discussed by the family. This article rounds up most of the essential questions and answers to help you through this process.

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Online Memorials: Celebrating Life in the Modern Age

In this modern age, remembering a loved one who has passed has become a significant event for family and friends. The current culture helped the funeral industry keep up with the social media trend by creating memorials or personalized obituaries.

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How to Write an Obituary

An obituary is a practical way to convey the wake, viewing, and visitation details of a loved one who passed away. It’s also an expression to commemorate the life of the deceased. Here’s a simple guide on how to write an obituary and the elements that you need to consider.

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Green Burial: A Natural and Eco-Friendly Life After Death

Death can positively impact the lives of the living. An open-minded approach on commemorating the deceased offers a new meaning to “life after death”. Innovative eco-friendly concepts influence how we see death and treat the dead.