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Popular funeral songs and unusual funeral songs

“My Way” by Frank Sinatra or “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC – which song should be played at your funeral? The choice is personal. Funeral songs  set the tone for your service, which is why there are popular options and some unusual choices, all dependent on the choice of the deceased or the family. PlanningRead more

The history of Memorial Day

On Monday, May 31, 2021, we recognize the 50th anniversary since Memorial Day became a federal holiday. This post looks at the history of Memorial Day, why we take the day to recognize the fallen and the significance of raising the American flag on the holiday. The history of Memorial Day Since the Civil War,Read more

How does grief affect physical health

When people say, “This grief is killing me,” there’s some truth there. The question of how grief affects physical health has several answers – including literal heartbreak. An American Heart Association study of about 2,000 adults revealed 270 people experienced a heart attack within six months of a loved one’s death. Nineteen people lost someoneRead more

Community palliative care helps with care goals

The Visiting Nurse Home Care & Hospice (VNHCH) of Carroll County (NH) and Western Maine offers a no-cost community palliative care program in an effort to better support people in the community living with chronic disease. The program discovers goals of care via conversations to align with people’s wishes. Those who take part can selfRead more

What are the 3 types of advance directives

While some people create a will and trust including advance directives when they are healthy, others do not do so until they are receiving care and caregivers realize these documents are lacking. Others aren’t even aware of advance directives until crises arrive. This post answers the question, what are the three types of advance directives,Read more

Colonial New England funeral traditions

Funeral traditions change with time and technology, so you can imagine that today’s funerals look much different than those in the Colonial New England era.  In the 17th and 18th centuries, death was ever present:  Half of the Pilgrims died their first winter in the New World One in 10 children died during their firstRead more

Female funeral directors becoming more prominent

Madison Sullivan is a female funeral director at Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium. She is one of eight female funeral directors within the family-run business. Madison Sullivan, funeral director at Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium According to the National Funeral Directors Association, “ more than 60% of mortuary science students in the United States areRead more

What to know about palliative care in 2021

Palliative care remains a misunderstood option for patients who are sick but not dying. Palliative care is specialized medical care focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. What is the difference between palliative care and hospice care? Confusion exists between palliative care and hospice care; they are not theRead more

The history and definition of embalming

We’re often asked the question: How does embalming work? Embalming is the most-common method of preserving and sanitizing the deceased. Embalming entails injecting an antiseptic preservative through the circulatory system. Embalming maintains the appearance of a body so it can be publicly displayed at a funeral or memorial service. The goals of embalming include: SanitizationRead more

What to know about donating your body to science

There are several common misconceptions about donating your body to science (a.k.a. anatomical donations), such as which organizations accept bodies for donation. There are three types of organizations that accept bodies for donation: Medical schools Medical research firms For-profit companies that resell your body to different organizations Generally, donating your body happens through medical schools.Read more