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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

Top 9 tips for giving a eulogy

Many of us don’t know how to write a eulogy or give a eulogy when the request arises. Giving a eulogy is an opportunity to reflect on the life of someone you knew and loved. Giving a eulogy helps others come to terms with the loss and think of the deceased in positive ways. Often,Read more

What is hospice care and what are its purposes

“What is hospice care?” That question is not asked often enough—or early enough. One of the biggest misconceptions of “hospice” is that it’s a place. At its core, hospice is a philosophy of care for those nearing the end of life.  What is hospice care and what are its purposes? First, hospice is an approachRead more

How to offer condolences during a pandemic

Offering your condolences in person after a friend or family member dies may not be possible—or recommended—as the pandemic continues nationwide. This leaves people wondering how to express sympathy when we’re socially distanced. Your physical presence may not be part of someone’s farewell, but that does not mean you can’t offer support. These options forRead more

Estimate funeral costs with our easy-to-use funeral cost estimator

We’ve received many questions related to funeral and cremation costs, so we’ve added a free website tool to estimate funeral costs. You can choose your preferences to generate an itemized breakdown of the cost of a funeral with a cremation or burial. The funeral cost estimator does not include every possible option – as weRead more