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What Happens to your Body After You Die

Death has always been shrouded in mystery. Every culture has its own rituals and traditions that mark a person’s passing from this life. The ways that the body is prepared for interment or cremation, the ceremonies, funerals, memorials, have many similarities and differences from culture to culture across the globe. In this great melting potRead more

American Flag Etiquette

Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium Collects Unserviceable American Flags for Proper Disposal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Stephanie McLaughlin, 617.899.2856 24/7 drop box set up in Manchester Manchester, NH, September xx, 2017 – Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, one of the oldest family-run funeral homes in New Hampshire, is collecting worn, tattered or torn American flags and will use its facilities to provide a respectful retirement. As aRead more

Cremation vs Burial: What is Right for You?

After a loved one has passed away, there are many decisions to be made. Not the least of these is how to deal with the remains in a respectful manner. While in many cases the deceased may have expressly made their wishes known, there are certainly situations where the bereaved family has to decide howRead more

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 aboutRead more

Heroin is everyone’s problem

  I’ve been invited to talk on several news programs recently about the state’s heroin epidemic. Last year, there were 321 drug-related deaths in the state; 97 were related to heroin. That number will likely rise: According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, in Manchester alone, there have been 65 heroin deaths this year. HereRead more

Space can be the final frontier for your ashes

  We’ve written before about some of the things you can make with cremated remains – also known as cremains – such as jewelry, sculptures, fireworks and even ammunition. But some people want their remains scattered, either at a special place that had meaning for them when they were alive or somewhere unusual – likeRead more

New radio show, “Dying to Talk” airs Sept. 12

  I’m really excited to announce that we’re going to be doing a new radio show starting Sept. 12. Called “Dying to Talk,” it will be a lighthearted look at topics related to death, funerals, cremation and other issues people don’t normally like to talk about. By airing this radio show, we hope to getRead more

Funeral providers hold themselves to high standards.

  Mistaken identities, lost bodies, mass cremations, predatory practices – you might see the occasional story in the news about errors, illegal actions and misfeasance by funeral home staff. But do you ever read or hear about cremations and funerals that go exactly as planned? Of course not. Because, when things go right, that’s notRead more

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 areRead more

5 Facts About Cremation

Why cremation? Some people like the idea of a simple funeral process; others prefer cremation to the decomposition process that occurs in a burial. For others, it’s cost; a cremation is often – but not always – less expensive than a funeral and burial in a traditional casket. For a whatever reason, cremation has beenRead more