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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

Funeral director comforting widow

What It’s Like to Work for a Funeral Home

We write about a wide variety of industry-related topics on our blog, and most of the time, we talk about issues that directly affect our readers. In this blog, however, we’d like to talk about something that is a bit more indirectly related to our customers and readers. We’d like to answer a question thatRead more

International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day is August 31

Every year, on August 31, a worldwide overdose awareness movement is held to increase awareness of overdosing and the many lives it continues to destroy. International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) began in Australia, as a way to spread the word throughout communities about the risk of overdose. The movement has since spread worldwide. IOAD eventsRead more

Have you considered pet hospice?

Have You Ever Considered Pet Hospice?

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) explains the philosophy behind hospice care as such: “When cure is no longer possible, hospice recognizes that a peaceful and comfortable death is an essential goal of health care.” While we typically think of hospice care, we generally associate it as a method of caring for humans whoRead more