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Are Funerals a Waste of Time?

“Why do people waste all that time on a funeral?” “The whole process of a funeral, What’s the point of that?” “Are funerals a waste of time?” When we consider that funeral services are for the living and not the person who passed, no, funerals are not a waste of time. Funerals, which take manyRead more

Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium Acquires Ker Westerlund Funeral Home

Phaneuf’s purchase of Vermont funeral home expands its services to western NH, Keene and southern VT and will house the first Cremation Society of NH in Vermont Manchester, NH, March 1, 2018 – Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, one of the oldest family-run funeral homes in New Hampshire, announced it has acquired Ker Westerlund FuneralRead more

Muslim Prayer over the dead

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

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

How the Opioid Crisis Is Affecting Members of the Funeral Services Industry

The current opioid crisis may be affecting people all over the country, but it’s hitting especially hard here in New Hampshire. It is well documented that New Hampshire has the second-highest rate of overdose deaths per capita. According to data recently collected by The New York Times, “Drug overdoses are now the leading cause ofRead more

Mandy Desmarais: NH Patriot Guard Riders’ Honoree

We are proud to announce that our very own Mandy Desmarais has been honored by the New Hampshire Patriot Guard Riders! The New Hampshire Patriot Guard Riders is a chapter of a nationwide organization that seeks to give and inspire respect for our nation’s fallen warriors. Comprised of veterans and non-veterans alike, the Patriot GuardRead more

How You Improve the Funeral Service Industry

Recently, the Federal Trade commission released its annual survey of consumer complaints; their findings showed that there is an increase in complaints in just about every industry…except funeral services. In fact, this is one of a handful of industries that has actually seen a decline in complaints. What does this mean and how does itRead more

“Funeral” or “Memorial” – How to Decide

Although the gap between the two terms has slowly been closing, there is still a difference between funerals and memorials. Most notably, a funeral will have the body of the deceased present while a memorial service will not. While this is, in essence, the only major difference, over the years each tribute has developed itsRead more