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. 

Memorial Ideas for a Veteran

Memorial Ideas for a Veteran

Personalizing a memorial service for yourself or a loved one can bring forth many deep feelings: love, compassion, joy and pride. The latter is especially true when you’re planning a memorial for a veteran, someone who has sacrificed for and served our country selflessly. Veterans deserve the special honors and traditions that often are a part of their funeral service.

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. 

Best Resources for Grief Support on Holidays

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

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?

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.

What to Consider When Selecting a Gravesite

Are you selecting a gravesite for yourself as part of the funeral pre-planning process or making a decision for a loved one? Keeping these considerations in mind will help you find a final home that meets your space and religious requirements while also staying within appropriate rules, regulations and a cost structure that you can afford. Selecting a final resting place doesn’t have to be a sad occasion, but instead should be a process of finding exactly the right location for family and friends to visit in the future.

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.