What To Do If Someone Passes At Home

In some cases, loved ones pass away peacefully with an expert on death and dying - like a hospice nurse or doctor - nearby. This person knows exactly what steps to take to ensure your loved one's body is taken care of respectfully and according to his or her wishes....

Ways to Pay for a Funeral

Planning ahead is the best way to ensure that you have the necessary funds to pay for a funeral while also protecting your family from possible price changes for services. Unfortunately, when a loved one passes away unexpectedly you may want to consider multiple means...

Funeral Expenses 101

Has your family planned adequately for funeral expenses? While you may have some savings put aside in the event of an emergency, there may be some expenses you didn't consider. Funerals in America are increasingly expensive, between the costs of embalming and caskets...

How to Find a Funeral Home that Fits Your Needs

Your loved one has passed away and despite the deep physical and emotional toll it has taken on you, it's time to find a funeral home and begin making arrangements. While it often sounds like much to expect from a grieving widow, child, or friend, we often find that...

Roy Gamel, Jr.

Roy Gamel, Jr., 68, of Queen Creek, AZ passed away on February 6, 2018.

Best Resources for Grief Support on Holidays

Learning to live again after the loss of a spouse or loved one can feel overwhelming. This is especially true during holidays such as Valentine’s Day, wedding anniversaries or birthdays. These special times are ones that were shared with our other half. Finding something to do can help to manage the grieving process in a positive way. Many families find that planning some activities ahead of time that incorporate friends and family or others who are in a similar situation may be helpful as well. Here are three of the best resources for grief support on holidays and anniversaries. 

Three Unique Gravesite Decorations

Selecting a gravesite marker and any decorations is the ideal way to capture a small portion of your loved one’s spirit. The hardest part is deciding which one to choose that represents them entirely. Fortunately, gravesite decorations are as diverse as humans are. With these three unique options, you can show your everlasting love and devotion to your loved one. 

What is a Celebration of Life?

Losing a loved one does not generally feel like a time to celebrate. However, there are some individuals whose light in the world simply doesn’t lend itself to a staid and somber ceremony. In this case, or when the deceased has planned their own celebration of life service, there are plenty of ways to say your final goodbyes. A celebration of life may still have moments of sadness, but it is customary in many cultures to focus on the joyful aspects of your loved one’s life on earth.

Alternative Ways to Remember Your Loved One

There are so many strong emotions around the loss of a loved one that it can be difficult to think of one that will help you remember all the love and good feelings that you want to preserve. Saying goodbye takes time, but there are many creative ways to bring some normalcy back to your life while still honoring your loved one. From the time of the pyramids to today, people have looked for ways to keep memories alive in unique and meaningful ways with hobbies, keepsakes, gemstones and even memorial urns. 

The Difference Between a Mausoleum and a Crypt

There is a whole new world of terminology around the end stages of life: crypts and mausoleums, entombment or cremation . . . but what do these terms mean to you and your loved ones when you are planning ahead? While all of these words refer to a way to protect and honor the remains of your loved ones after their passing, there are a few key differences of which you should be aware. In general, crypts refer to the vault that is often located below a church or on the grounds of a memorial facility within the mausoleum, while a mausoleum is a stately and serene building that may house one or more crypts. These alternatives to ground burial are used by families extensively throughout the world and continue to gain popularity in the United States.