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What is a Green Burial?

Throughout history, funerals have changed with the needs and wishes of the families. Once held in homes, they were eventually moved to funeral homes. Cremations were once chosen by few, while today they account for over half of all final services. We have also seen the change from somber, dark…...

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How Service Dogs Benefit Those Suffering Grief and Loss

Therapy and service dogs have become more a part of our everyday lives. They can be seen in retail stores, on airplanes and even in some restaurants. Therapy and service dogs often provide a calming effect and it is one of the reasons more funeral homes are making them more…...

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What Are the Responsibilities of a Funeral Director?

The responsibilities of a funeral director are far-reaching and complex. Just like any other business, there are the business aspects of operating a funeral home. Most have employees, overhead, taxes to pay and profit and loss statements to be concerned about. On a community basis, funeral directors often play a…...

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What You Should Consider Before Joining a Grief Support Group

Many grieving individuals, especially those deeply struggling with the death of a loved one, may seek out the assistance of a Grief Support Group. Today’s grief support groups can be found in local communities, and they may even be found online. Grief support groups can be invaluable to some and…...

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What are Some of the Different Types of Cemeteries?

What are Some of the Different Types of Cemeteries? Cemeteries, in some form, have been around for centuries. In North America, they grew from Church-based burial grounds to large, park-like public settings. It wasn’t uncommon for families to picnic and spend holidays in the cemeteries of the past. Today, many…...

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Why Are Caskets Expensive?

When a loved one passes, family members are faced with a number of decisions involving final services. One of the most expensive decisions will involve that of choosing a casket. A casket, in basic terms, serves as the container for a body while it is displayed and ultimately for burial.…...

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How to Overcome the Grief From a Deceased Loved One

Suffering through the loss of a loved one is a deeply personal experience. So much so that experts caution about telling someone who recently experienced a loss “I know how you feel”. They strongly suggest against consoling them by telling them how you got through a loss. This can minimize…...

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The History of Cemeteries

Cemeteries are usually park-like settings reserved for the burial of the dead or their cremains. Markers usually contain the name and date of birth and death of the person buried and the sites are sometimes visited by friends and family members. Some will take comfort in the knowledge the term…...

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What is Hospice?

If you’ve ever wondered exactly what hospice is, who it is for and what services are provided you are not alone. While most of us are at least aware of hospice and may have a general idea about what’s involved, we may lack some specific knowledge about exactly what is…...

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How Life Expectancy Has Changed Through History

Most of us assume that on average, we will live longer than the generations that preceded us. Those of us in North America can take some comfort that we have the longest life expectancy in the world. On average, women will live to be 81 and men will live to…...

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