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New Ways to Remember the Deceased

How do you remember those loved ones you have lost? For some, cherishing fond memories is sufficient. For others, something physical and tangible can be a meaningful aid to the grieving process. There are several ways in which memories can be tangibly preserved, all increasingly popular. This article will highlight just a few of them. Many of these trends involve DNA. A DNA sample of the deceased can be taken, with the help from professionals at the funeral home—in the form of a hair clipping or a fingernail clipping, typically. This provides... read more

What Happens When Someone Dies Under Hospice Care, or In the Hospital

What happens when a loved one dies? What are the logistical steps that you must take to ensure that their body is properly taken care of, and carefully moved to the site of the funeral home? There are different sets of protocols depending on whether the death occurs at home, under hospice care, or in the hospital. This article will look at the latter two scenarios. For a loved one to die under hospice care is, frankly, easier to deal with than a loved one dying in other conditions. Practically speaking, there are simply fewer steps that must... read more

Memorials that Honor Eternal Commitments

With Valentine’s Day at the forefront this weekend, I thought it would be appropriate to discuss ways that couples can honor their commitment to each other after the end of their lives. It’s true that “till death do us part” is a theme present in wedding ceremonies past and present—however, I for one know that many couples do not see that as the end, and look for ways to celebrate their love for one another for eternity. One popular way to do this, for couples who have opted for cremation, is to co-mingle their cremains together. What happens... read more

What Happens When Someone Dies at Home

Many of us hope that, when we die, we go peacefully in our sleep. We desire this for our loved ones, as well. However, dying at home brings a set of complications for the surviving family members. Who do you call? What do you do? This article will highlight some of the basics. Contrary to popular opinion, you cannot simply call the funeral home and ask for the deceased to be transported away. Funeral homes will not come to take the deceased until after the proper authorities have been called and a full medical investigation has been made. The... read more

The Grieving Process: Helping Friends Cope with the Passing of a Pet

I grew up, from kindergarten to college, with family pets. These dogs and cats were much more than merely animals – they could be described as family members. Each had a unique personality, but they all possessed some intangible quality that made me feel safe and comfortable. It never got easier to say goodbye when they passed away. The nature of humanity gives us an unparalleled perspective among all of Earth’s creatures. We have the ability to build strong relationships with the awareness that those relationships will come to an end. Our... read more

Saying Goodbye: Helping Children Cope With A Pet’s Death

Saying Goodbye: Helping Children Cope With A Pet’s Death To a child, a pet is more than an animal. A pet is a child’s best friend and confidant. Children often consider pets their “secret-keepers” and playmates.  Thinking back, there is one commercial for Iams dog food that I feel is especially poignant. The advertisement features a seemingly big, tough dog that is graciously allowing his young friend to dress him up in frilly clothes—bearing the treatment, I might add, in a noble way. This commercial is a perfect representation of what the... read more

Unexpected Death Behavior

Proper Etiquette for Approaching an Unexpected Death Generally, the loss of a loved one is not a welcome circumstance. However, in many cases, individuals have a chance to say goodbye or make proper arrangements. In other situations, a death may be caused by an unexpected event. Unexpected deaths can be a great burden to and create confusion for those who are left behind, so it is important to understand how to approach these very sensitive situations. Speak of the Deceased in the Present During funeral services, memorials and wakes for those... read more


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