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Exploring the Relationship Between Hospice Care and End-of-Life Doulas

The 11th Annual Hospice & Palliative Care Conference, set for March 7, 2024, will feature a session led by Lee Webster, a longtime figure in the field of end-of-life care. Webster shared her perspectives on the evolving dynamics between professional caregiving and end-of-life doula care. “Doulas are before death, non-medical caregivers, and support systems forRead more

female funeral directors

Female funeral directors

Statistics suggest that back in 1995, only a small fraction of mortuary students — 35% — were women. However, this has grown spectacularly to 79%, as stated by the National Funeral Directors Association. As a testament to this shift, among the 17 licensed funeral directors at Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 10 are female.  TheRead more

pet memorial

Honoring the Life of Pets Through Love and Loss

Pets hold a unique and irreplaceable place in our lives. They are not just animals, but cherished family members. Their departure often leaves a void as profound as the loss of a human companion. This post explores the ways we can honor our beloved creatures via a pet memorial, delving into an emotional and sometimesRead more

living life to the fullest

The Importance of Living Life to the Fullest

One of our missions is to be a comforting presence, handling delicate matters with tact, empathy and respect. Even though we operate as a business, we truly hope not to see you or your loved ones here before life takes its natural course. It’s with this sentiment we’d like to share 10 suggestions to fullyRead more

what to say to someone who is dying

What to Say to Someone Who is Dying

We acknowledge the discomfort that our society attaches to death. In particular, when it hits close to home and we learn that a cherished family member or friend has a terminal illness, we may instinctively distance ourselves. This may be because we don’t know what to say to someone who is dying. As a result,Read more

gravestone epitaphs

Gravestone Epitaphs Reveal Recipes

Ever wandered through a cemetery and wondered what the text on the gravestones means? Gravestone epitaphs, as they’re called, carry a world of significance and history, both in the U.S. and around the world. Gravestone epitaphs do more than record the deceased’s name and dates—they paint a picture of a life lived. Whether a touchingRead more

Cremation Price Transparency

Understanding Cremation Price Transparency

For many consumers, price transparency creates trust and ease when dealing with a cremation provider. It means an open and frank communication of all costs and fees associated with the cremation. Transparency enables consumers to prepare financially, prevents last-minute financial burden and eliminates any potential surprises. It also means the difference between your loved onesRead more

New Hampshire Alliance for End of Life Options

Death with dignity in New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Alliance for End of Life Options is a grassroots organization dedicated to improving end of life experiences through education, outreach and advocacy. According to Rebecca Brown, the director of NH Alliance for End of Life Options, the organization reaches out to individuals interested in end of life care.  New Hampshire Alliance forRead more

advice for caregivers

Crucial advice for caregivers

In honor of National Hospice Month, we recognize the caregivers and the need for self-care. The Right. Rev. Mary Francis Drake urges caregivers to act both as the pillar of strength for their patients and for themselves. “Compassion takes strength, and the ability to be strong for someone else often stems from one's ability toRead more

Family owned funeral homes

Family-owned funeral homes compared to corporate-owned

Funeral homes play a crucial role in our lives by providing support during our most challenging moments. When it comes to choosing one, consider whether it’s best to choose family owned funeral homes or corporate owned. In New Hampshire, where tradition and community values run deep, this distinction carries significant weight. Understanding the funeral industryRead more