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Photographing a Funeral: Crazy Idea or a Memento for Posterity? - Phaneuf

Photographing a Funeral: Crazy Idea or a Memento for Posterity?

While many of us may have attended a funeral, it is likely that not many of us have seen a photographer at such a service. Photographing a funeral, you may be asking, what would be the benefit of that? Why would you want to record a time of difficulty and heartbreak? Your initial reaction mayRead more

A Cleaner Alternative: Have You Heard of the Infinity Burial Suit? - Phaneuf

A Cleaner Alternative: Have You Heard of the Infinity Burial Suit?

Have you ever considered how your death affects the environment? In recent years the concern for a green burial has become ever-more present and ever-more possible for those interested. While several options already exist, Jae Rhim Lee has come up with perhaps the most intriguing alternative to a traditional burial: the infinity mushroom. Over theRead more

A Doggy Funeral to Remember - Phaneuf

A Doggy Funeral to Remember

It was only a matter of time before someone thought to include a dog in a funeral. Dogs show us the best in ourselves: They are unpretentious, unaffected, and full of vivaciousness and joy. Adding a touch of happiness to an otherwise somber affair is proving to make a difference for grieving families. Funeral homesRead more

The Grace of Planning a Funeral - Phaneuf

The Grace of Planning a Funeral

In today’s entrepreneurial world, it was only a matter of time before funeral planning became a source of business. Numerous high-profile organizations offering a one-stop shop for funerals have cropped up in recent years, but is there something to be said for doing it the old-fashioned way? Planning a funeral is undoubtedly a challenging, evenRead more

Discuss final arrangements when your family gathers for the holidays - Phaneuf

Discuss final arrangements when your family gathers for the holidays

You might think addressing final arrangements over the holidays is grim, but what’s really grim is not making your wishes clear by planning in advance;  when the time does come, your family not only has to deal with an emotional loss, they also have the added stress of trying to make difficult decisions about whatRead more

Chances are your funeral will be handled by a woman - Phaneuf

Chances are your funeral will be handled by a woman

  The care of the sick has historically fallen to women, but care of the dead up until recently has largely been the domain of men. Not anymore. Funeral-related businesses employ more than 440,000 people and bring in $16 billion a year in the U.S. While in the 1970s, 95 percent of funeral-related jobs wereRead more

Final arrangements can take many forms - Phaneuf

Final arrangements can take many forms

  When former professional football player and sportscaster Frank Gifford died recently, his widow, television personality Kathie Lee Gifford, did something unusual: She bypassed a funeral altogether. “Frank hated funerals,” Kathie Lee explained on the “Today” show. “He hated boxes. He hated to be put in boxes. He hated to get in an elevator, soRead more

Therapy dogs: A new funeral home trend - Phaneuf

Therapy dogs: A new funeral home trend

  Funeral homes are going to the dogs – and that may be a good thing. Trending in the industry is the use of therapy dogs to help comfort and calm the grieving at funeral homes. “Comfort companions” such as Lulu, a goldendoodle who “works” at Ballard-Durand funeral home in White Plains, N.Y., is aRead more

Funeral Traditions in Colonial New England - Phaneuf

Funeral Traditions in Colonial New England

As with so many other things in our daily lives, funeral traditions have changed and evolved over the years. Recently, we talked about Victorian-era funerals and mourning customs; in this blog we’ll look at funeral traditions of Colonial New England, which differed from those of the middle states and the South at the time. InRead more

What to do when there's a death in the family - Phaneuf

What to do when there’s a death in the family

The death of a family member is a traumatic event and one most people don’t ever want to think about. But what if a family member dies suddenly: Would you know what to do? Having some idea of what to expect will aid you in making arrangements during a very stressful time. Here are aRead more