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Coping with Grief: Create a Joyful Holiday by Adding Fun New Traditions

When you’re mourning the loss of a loved one, the same holiday traditions that once brought joy can serve as difficult reminders. Whether your loss was very recent or some time ago, the holidays ar...
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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Helpful Tips for Hosting a Memorable Repast

There are so many decisions to make as you plan the homegoing celebration for a loved one. Aside from the many details of the funeral or memorial service itself, it’s also customary (but not requ...
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Sunday, November 25, 2018

When Thanksgiving Feels Empty: Handling Loss and Grief at the Holidays

Thanksgiving can feel particularly harsh to those who are dealing with the loss of a loved one. Memories of happier holidays surface, and at this annual time of giving thanks, it may seem hard to...
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Sunday, November 18, 2018

A Final Salute: Funeral Arrangements to Honor Veterans

Our military veterans have made tremendous sacrifices for our country and deserve to be honored, especially during their funeral services. A military service offers an important way to pay respects...
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Saturday, November 3, 2018

How to Help Children Cope with the Loss of a Loved One

Losing a loved one is never easy. It’s a time filled with sadness, emotional turmoil, and change. For adults and children alike, grieving is an important part of accepting the loss of a loved one, ...
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Monday, October 29, 2018

What to Look for When Choosing a Funeral Home

Funerals are probably the most-neglected major life event we face. While there’s never a good time for it, researching and choosing a funeral home when you don’t need one is the best way to go. Tha...
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Monday, October 15, 2018

Here’s Why You Should Plan Your Funeral Now

Talking about death forces us to face our own mortality. That can feel foreboding and it tends to make us uncomfortable. But since death is inevitable for everyone, funeral planning in advance just...
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In News & Events
Monday, October 1, 2018

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Burial or Cremation: What’s Right for You?

Deciding whether you prefer a cremation or burial is one of life’s most personal choices. There are many influencing factors including cost, religious beliefs, cultural traditions, and family prefe...

How to Choose Meaningful Funeral Readings

Reciting funeral readings that have significance is a special way to remember your departed loved one. It allows you to celebrate the things he or she loved most in life while providing solace to t...

Creative Ideas for a Special Celebration of Life

More and more people are choosing to make funerals uplifting ‘celebrations of life’ rather than somber events. Incorporating unique, personalized touches into the homegoing service can be a fitting...

Three Important Ways to Help a Grieving Family

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Ready, Set, Lose Weight

As warmer weather approaches, many of us start fretting about the extra pounds we put on over the winter. Losing weight—and keeping it off for good—is much easier with the proper physical and men...