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What’s Best? An Open or Closed Casket?

Once a family has decided they would like to have a visitation at final services, the next decision will be whether that visitation will include a closed or open casket. Like just about everything else involving a funeral, this is a very personal decision. You should not feel pressured into…...

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The Power of Pre-Planning Final Services

Back in the 1960’s “pre-planning” a funeral was seen as a way a funeral home could “lock-in” future clients and help establish the future of the business. To some degree it received some negative connotations, with images of greedy funeral directors upselling unneeded services to a person who only wanted…...

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Funerals and Social Distancing

The COVID-19 pandemic has made many of life’s events much more challenging. Birthdays are being celebrated differently, weddings are being postponed and graduations are being cancelled or being held “virtually”. The pandemic is also having its effect on final services. Losing a loved one at any time can be emotionally…...

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The Benefits of Pre-Planning Your Funeral

The Fares J. Radel Funeral Homes family has been proud to serve Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky families for generations. We’ve seen many changes in that time, from when we were one of the first funeral services in the country to use a motorized hearse. We’ve witnessed the growth in…...

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Tips to Finding the Best Grief Counselor for You

Many who go through the grieving process try to power through it alone. This is seldom the best answer. It is one of the reasons a well-planned final service can be so valuable. It lets us know there are those who care about us and who share in our loss.…...

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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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