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Funeral Planning

Five Songs for a Celebration of Life

Celebrations of Life have become increasingly popular for final services, as families move away from dark and somber traditional funeral services. Families have found solace and, to some degree, joy in relating fond memories and celebrating the contributions of individuals. Celebrations of Life have also created a need for new…...

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Flowers that Symbolize Empathy and Remembrance

Giving flowers and placing them around the deceased has roots from ancient times, although the purpose has changed. Prior to modern embalming practices, for example, flowers were used to mask any unpleasant odors, especially in warmer climates. Today, flowers are generally given both as a sign of love and respect…...

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Signs to Look for When Selecting a Funeral Home

Traditionally, funeral homes were selected by families because they had served the family for generations or because they were noted for catering to a certain religion. While many still select funeral homes based on their religion or relationship with the family, that paradigm is shifting. Families are more mobile today.…...

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How to Use Technology to Preserve Your Legacy

We are living through a time where tradition, law and technology are struggling to keep up with each other. It is impacting every area of our lives, and even deaths. Today, you may be just as likely to hear about the death of a friend or associate from social media…...

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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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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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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 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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Download our Free Guide on Pre-Planning Your Funeral

One of the more popular times to pre-plan a funeral is after experiencing the loss of a loved one. Sometimes such a death serves as a reminder of our own mortality. Perhaps we witnessed some of the decisions that needed to be made and want to avoid that burden for…...

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