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What is the origin of the term funeral parlor?

Until the middle of the nineteenth century, funerals in the United States mostly took place in a family home, with family members performing all aspects of after-death preparation of the body, to present the deceased to visiting friends and family in the home. This was followed by the deceased being buried in a small cemeteryRead more

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Green funeral, burial, and cremation options: What you need to know

In this age of “environmental awareness,” it’s no real surprise that even funeral arrangements are going green. In fact, the idea seems to be picking up steam, thanks to recent stories in the media, including a feature article in the New York Times. But what does that even mean? How can you possibly have aRead more

Affordable Burial and Cremation: Budget friendly ways to personalize a burial, funeral, or memorial

You’ve just lost a loved one and you’re trying to make burial arrangements, plan a memorial service, and take care of the many details that are involved. You might be caught off guard by the cost of it all.  Paying for a funeral can be very expensive, especially if you aren’t prepared for it. FindingRead more

Religious Funeral Services: Tradition, Honor, and Faith

Religious funeral services are a time-honored custom that exist in a wide variety of cultures and faiths. Many people find comfort in turning to their faith when they’ve lost a loved one, and a faith-based service can help ease their grief. It can be very meaningful, celebrating the person’s life and provide an opportunity forRead more

Following a Funeral Checklist

Planning a funeral or memorial service can be overwhelming. That’s perfectly understandable, since it’s a task one rarely takes on more than a few times in their lives. If you’re planning ahead for your own, there’s certainly less pressure to get it “right,” and there’s no particular deadline. If you’re in good health and simplyRead more

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Attending Funeral Services Outside of Your Faith Tradition

Most people can admit that attending a funeral causes them at least some degree of anxiety. Confronting our own mortality, along with that of our loved ones, can be challenging, especially given the emotional weight that typically comes along with funeral services. One additional component that can further boost anxiety about attending a funeral isRead more

Japanese Company Develops Robot Priests to Conduct Buddhist Funeral Services

It’s no secret that artificial intelligence (AI) and the technologies surrounding it are increasingly impacting our lives with each passing year. Now, SoftBank Robotics’ much-publicized humanoid robot, “Pepper,” may even impact the future of funeral services throughout the world. Thanks in large part to software written and developed by Japanese company Nissei Eco, the robot—onceRead more

Caskets at Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium

Understanding Casket Pricing and Options

Whether you’re pre-planning for end-of-life services, or have just lost a loved one, finding the right casket can be a difficult task. There are many different types of caskets to choose from, as well as outer burial containers that may be required, depending on your circumstances. Generally speaking, purchasing a funeral casket is often oneRead more

American Flag Etiquette

Memorial Services Checklist: How to Properly Dispose of a U.S. Flag

A proud symbol of independence and cultural unity, the American flag is as revered a physical item as they come. It hangs tall in front of our homes, on our walls and elsewhere to remind us of the country we love and honor on a daily basis. In other words, it’s not the type ofRead more

Why Funeral Service Pricing Should Be Transparent

When searching for a funeral service provider, one of the most important factors will likely be pricing. Why, then, do so many funeral homes hide their pricing from the public? Despite laws that dictate otherwise, funeral homes around the country continue to make it hard for families to shop intelligently for funeral services. At PhaneufRead more