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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

Dos and don’ts for posting about death on social media

Grieving brings us together through healing and reconnecting even when it must be virtual. We all knew that death and grieving go on when in-person funeral services are not possible. The pandemic highlighted the digital ways to say goodbye, including how posting about death on social media isn’t unusual and can still bring some comfort.Read more

What are veterans funeral benefits

“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause,” said Abraham Lincoln. In life and in death, many of us hold America’s military veterans in the highest regard. ThisRead more

How to retire an American flag

You’ll likely see homes and businesses around your community flying Old Glory, the Stars and Stripes, aka the American flag on holidays including Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day or perhaps soaring through the entire summer. The sun, wind and rain takes its toll on flags no matter the material, which leaves some wondering,Read more

What to do for a death away from home

Travel in 2020 is a scary thought, but there will come a time when we’ll feel comfortable outside our homes, neighborhoods, states and even the country. Some of us love traveling and the pandemic has stifled that – for now. Once you do move from staycation to vacation, the last thing you want to thinkRead more