Military Benefits and Honoring Your Military Spouse

Military Benefits and Honoring Your Military Spouse

Individuals in the military face many challenges, from hard work outdoors in poor weather and dangerous conditions to time away from loved ones and friends. Military spouses are often called upon to pick up and move at a moment’s notice, leaving behind jobs and often raising children without their significant other. National Military Spouse Appreciation Day is May 1, 2018, and this day provides an opportunity to show thanks for the support that spouses provide to their loved ones. Fortunately, there are significant benefits that are available to these dedicated Americans throughout the year. 

Funeral Planning Considerations

Funeral Planning Considerations

Planning a funeral is an emotional time, whether you’re pre-planning for yourself or planning for a loved one who has passed. There are so many details that can easily be overlooked. Following a funeral planning checklist alleviates stress and helps you stay...
Etiquette for Visiting a Gravesite

Etiquette for Visiting a Gravesite

Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind when visiting a gravesite is that all people mourn differently. For some, the ideal visit with loved ones who have passed on is to respectfully bring flowers for a few moments and then leave. Others are perfectly comfortable bringing a picnic and having an extended chat. And some families prefer to bring children and pets and a great deal of love and laughter to the space. While no approach is more correct than others, it is always important to be respectful of the needs of others. Here’s some etiquette tips that will allow you to get the most out of your next visit without encroaching upon the needs of other visitors. 

Embalming: Preserving Your Loved One

Embalming: Preserving Your Loved One

When a loved one passes away, there are many different considerations that go into preparing them for their eternal rest. There is often a question around whether or not the body should be embalmed or whether a natural funeral would be more appropriate. If your friend or family member did not leave specific instructions for their funeral director about embalming, this important question is left up to the family to make based on the circumstances and their belief system. 

Alternative Ways to Remember Your Loved One

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

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.

Components of a Memorial Service Explained

Components of a Memorial Service Explained

Funeral traditions across the U.S. are like a varied tapestry that provides texture to pay homage to the complex lives that we lead. Each element of a memorial service is designed to create a community of love and support that will continue throughout the difficult days ahead. Standard components of a memorial service often include the visitation before the service, the memorial service itself, interment or committal ceremonies and finally a reception. 

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...

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...