How Pets Can Help You Cope With Loss

For many pet owners, coming home to Max or Whiskers is the most enjoyable part of the day. There’s the happy wiggling tail and excited bark. The exploratory sniffing – where has mama been? With cats, it’s the tentative way she nuzzles her fuzzy tabby body around the...

How To Reach Out When Someone Is Grieving

Are you in a situation where you don't know what to say to someone who is grieving? We've all been there. It can be difficult to come up with just the right sympathetic words. You may even decide to say nothing at all. Reaching out and letting that person know you're...

Join Us For Our 2017 Memorial Day Event

This year, Memorial Day will be observed on Monday, May 29, 2017. Many people mix up Memorial Day with Veterans Day for understandable reasons. They both honor those who have served in the U.S. military. But there is a slight nuance distinguishing one holiday from the...

Choosing Direct Cremation

Cremation is an option for final disposition that is becoming more and more popular. For those who choose to keep arrangements simple and cost-effective, the decision for direct cremation is often made. What Is Direct Cremation? Some people choose to have a funeral...

Benefits Of Writing Your Own Obituary

Facing your own mortality is never easy. Writing your own obituary (also known as an autobituary) may seem like an exercise that brings the subject too close to home. After all, creating the very words that others will read after your death is about as stark a reality...

Planning A Post-Funeral Reception

In the United States, it is customary to hold a reception after a funeral or memorial service. This provides time for family, friends, and others paying their respects to gather, share memories, and offer support to one another. While the reception is not typically...

Creating A Moving Tribute Video

Eulogies are often hard to make, especially when you are in an emotional state. While it is still customary to say a few words, when you really want to show the heart and soul of a deceased love one, video can be an incredible help. Whether a slide show set to music...

Graveside Visits Can Help In the Grieving Process

As you may already know, there are various stages of grief that include shock, denial, anger, guilt, and depression. There is no right or wrong way to grieve, and going through the grief process can be very different from one person to the next. There is also no set...

Do You Qualify For Social Security Survivor Insurance?

Most people are aware that Social Security provides benefits for retirees. But there are other benefits available through Social Security, including survivor insurance. Based on eligibility, certain family members can receive additional Social Security benefits. How...

In Lieu Of Flowers…

Sending flowers to a funeral is a time-honored tradition. It’s not only a way pay respects, but also an expression of love and support for family members. And, while flowers are a thoughtful gesture, there are other things you can do to show that you care. We’ve...