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Death Cleaning Can Be a Gift for Your Family

A story that was shared with us recently got us thinking about the concept of “death cleaning.” A young woman’s grandmother died a couple years ago and here is the cautionary tale that was shared: “Grandma passed away unexpectedly after complications from a surgery. Grandpa died several years before her, after they moved from theirRead more

American Flag Etiquette

Flag Disposal is Simple, Respectful at Phaneuf

On Thursday, July 4, 2019, millions of Americans will raise the stars and stripes to its high-flying glory to celebrate the nation’s independence. While some choose to have Old Glory wave year-round, others raise the flag only for significant days on the calendar. And, when you discover your flag is tattered or damaged, retiring theRead more

Man writing obituary

How To Write A Great Obituary — Step-by-Step

Many of us do not know how to approach writing an obituary. It’s a large responsibility to chronicle someone’s entire existence in a few paragraphs, especially during a time of grieving. Obituaries provide biographical and service information to the public but can also serve as a way of saying goodbye and congratulations on a lifeRead more

American veteran flag and a rose in the cemetery

Veterans Funeral and Burial Benefits

Expanding veterans funeral benefits is the impetus of the The Burial Rights for America’s Veterans’ Efforts (BRAVE) Act of 2019 (H.R. 497/S. 598), which was introduced to Congress earlier this year. If passed, the BRAVE Act will improve existing death benefits for veterans who meet certain eligibility requirements. The act’s aim is to ensure thatRead more

Traveling for a funeral

Bereavement Resources for Traveling to a Funeral

That dreaded middle-of-the-night-call happens. Your grandfather passed away suddenly. The family wants to have a service in just a few days. You desperately want to be there to support your loved ones — and to say goodbye — but you live thousands of miles away. Travel websites have simplified many aspects of vacationing for aRead more

Mourning dolls by Flo Kane, @Flomade on Instagram

Artist Creates Victorian Mourning Dolls to Honor Death

The mortality rate in the 19th century was much higher than today, therefore children were likely exposed to death at a very young age. It wasn’t unusual for a large family - especially those on the poorer side - to experience the passing of a child. Death traditions at the time included creating an effigyRead more

Death museums

Museums Celebrate the Fascination with Death

Warning: you may faint. That sign is one of the first things you will see at the Museum of Death, a morbid curiosity seeker’s dream getaway — now with two locations. Summer vacations for some include stopping at unusual roadside attractions and out-of-the-ordinary menageries. The mysteries of death and the bizarre circumstances of some deathsRead more

Woman tending to grave

Caring for a Gravesite

Remember the pride Grandma had in her gardens? There was nary a weed and her strawberry patches were impeccable. Doesn’t her grave deserve the same love and care? Caring for a grave is an opportunity to show respect to your loved one, and to reflect on the time you had together. It’s common to visitRead more

Funeral Planning, Big Book

The Big Book – Do You Have One?

There are those of us who are extremely organized, with every piece of paper labeled and filed. Others are borderline hoarders who are buried in piles of receipts, documents and other important pieces of information. Most of us lie somewhere in the middle. We have all of our critical data saved — somewhere — thoughRead more

hospice care

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month; a month dedicated to shining a light on social workers, therapists, nurses, and home care aids who, each day, make a direct impact and resounding difference for the patients and families they serve. These heroic caregivers play a crucial role in the health care system across ourRead more