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The art of dying well requires planning

Funeral plans often happen after a crisis, which is a tense time to make important decisions. Death may be unexpected at the time, but it can be planned. Every one of us will die eventually, and making funeral plans in advance lets your loved ones grieve for you without the stress of also planning aRead more

14 ideas for cremated remains

As cremation becomes the choice of more Americans, we’re asked about ideas for cremated remains—besides a traditional  urn. There are  many options. We’ve seen cremated remains placed into holiday ornaments, glass paperweights and golf balls, among others. Here are 14 unique cremated remains ideas: Traditional cemetery burial with Cremation Many cemeteries allow the burial ofRead more

In Person Free Credit Program Set for November

Keeping with our annual tradition of honoring those working in the hospice field during November (National Hospice Month), Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium will again host the accredited program in person this year on Wednesday, November 3 in Manchester, New Hampshire, and Thursday, November 4 in Brattleboro, Vermont.  This year's offering is the Hospice FoundationRead more

Phaneuf acquires Fournier-Hale Funeral Home

Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, one of the oldest family-run funeral homes in New England, announced it has acquired privately-owned Fournier-Hale Funeral Home in North Woodstock, NH. Phaneuf will honor all existing and pre-planned arrangements previously made with Fournier-Hale. “New Hampshire families come to us during one of the most distressing times in their livesRead more

Life Forest redefines traditional burial

Every once in a while, we're asked, can you turn cremated remains into a tree. The answer is yes. Life Forest is a unique cemetery nestled in Hillsborough, NH, located next to conservation land with hiking trails and swimming creeks. Phaneuf’s arrangers discuss Life Forest with families that choose cremation but also seek to beRead more

Phaneuf is a 2021 Great Place to Work-certified company

Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, one of the oldest family-run funeral homes in New England, has received a Great Place to Work certification for 2021, based on feedback from employees. Phaneuf’s team ranks the funeral home 15% higher than average companies are rated by their employees, according to a  U.S. National Employee Engagement Study. “WeRead more

Helping a loved one begin funeral planning

How to plan a funeral – many of us realize it’s important but don’t know where to begin. I think we can all agree that it’s better to plan when we have time and not during a crisis. The simplest way to help a loved one begin planning a funeral is with a conversation. HowRead more

Phaneuf Acquires Wendell Butt Funeral Home

Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, one of the oldest family-run funeral homes in New England, announced it has acquired privately-owned Wendell Butt Funeral Home in Penacook. Phaneuf will honor all existing and pre-planned arrangements previously made with Wendell Butt. “The residents in and around the greater Concord region come to us during one of theRead more

The history of Memorial Day

On Monday, May 31, 2021, we recognize the 50th anniversary since Memorial Day became a federal holiday. This post looks at the history of Memorial Day, why we take the day to recognize the fallen and the significance of raising the American flag on the holiday. The history of Memorial Day Since the Civil War,Read more

Funeral Reimbursement for COVID-19 Deaths

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized $2 billion to provide financial assistance to families who paid for funeral costs specifically related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). The reimbursement applies to funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. Claims are capped at $9,000. Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium will provide our New Hampshire and VermontRead more