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Attending Funeral Services Outside of Your Faith Tradition

Most people can admit that attending a funeral causes them at least some degree of anxiety. Confronting our own mortality, along with that of our loved ones, can be challenging, especially given the emotional weight that typically comes along with funeral services. One additional component that can further boost anxiety about attending a funeral isRead more

Japanese Company Develops Robot Priests to Conduct Buddhist Funeral Services

It’s no secret that artificial intelligence (AI) and the technologies surrounding it are increasingly impacting our lives with each passing year. Now, SoftBank Robotics’ much-publicized humanoid robot, “Pepper,” may even impact the future of funeral services throughout the world. Thanks in large part to software written and developed by Japanese company Nissei Eco, the robot—onceRead more

Caskets at Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium

Understanding Casket Pricing and Options

Whether you’re pre-planning for end-of-life services, or have just lost a loved one, finding the right casket can be a difficult task. There are many different types of caskets to choose from, as well as outer burial containers that may be required, depending on your circumstances. Generally speaking, purchasing a funeral casket is often oneRead more

American Flag Etiquette

Memorial Services Checklist: How to Properly Dispose of a U.S. Flag

A proud symbol of independence and cultural unity, the American flag is as revered a physical item as they come. It hangs tall in front of our homes, on our walls and elsewhere to remind us of the country we love and honor on a daily basis. In other words, it’s not the type ofRead more

Why Funeral Service Pricing Should Be Transparent

When searching for a funeral service provider, one of the most important factors will likely be pricing. Why, then, do so many funeral homes hide their pricing from the public? Despite laws that dictate otherwise, funeral homes around the country continue to make it hard for families to shop intelligently for funeral services. At PhaneufRead more

Life Insurance Policy

Paying For a Funeral with Life Insurance

We understand that paying for a funeral can be expensive, and that coming up with funds to cover the costs can be overwhelming, especially during what is already a difficult time. There are many ways to pay for a funeral, both at the time of death, or ahead of time. More and more people areRead more

How the Opioid Crisis Is Affecting Members of the Funeral Services Industry

The current opioid crisis may be affecting people all over the country, but it’s hitting especially hard here in New Hampshire. It is well documented that New Hampshire has the second-highest rate of overdose deaths per capita. According to data recently collected by The New York Times, “Drug overdoses are now the leading cause ofRead more

Family payment or donation for funeral expenses

Getting Help with Funeral Costs: Raising Money for a Funeral

When someone dies unexpectedly, and/or tragically, the emotional burden placed on the loved ones of the deceased can be overwhelming. Unfortunately, it can also present a sudden financial strain on the family of the deceased. Sometimes, family members are left scrambling to come up with the funds to put together final arrangements, with little timeRead more

Catholic Cemetary

3 Tips for Attending Catholic Funerals

If you’re attending a traditional Catholic funeral for the first time, there are a few things you should know before you arrive. The process is quite involved, and for those who aren’t familiar with the traditions surrounding Catholic funerals, it can be a bit overwhelming. We’ve put together a list of tips and advice toRead more

Man struggling writing eulogy

10 Tips for Writing and Delivering a Memorable and Meaningful Eulogy

If you are considering volunteering to write a eulogy for a deceased loved one, you may be wondering what makes for a great eulogy, and where to begin. The task often arrives suddenly, and during a time when we are struggling with feelings of stress and grief. Aside from remembering to introduce yourself, here areRead more