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Five Unique Ways to Use Cremated Ashes

As more and more people have embraced cremation, families continue to seek unique ways to memorialize those who have passed on. Initially, cremains were frequently buried, much like following a traditional funeral. Then families began spreading ashes in a location or locations of meaning to the deceased. More recently, small…...

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Benefits of Choosing Cremation Over Burial

In case you haven’t noticed, cremation has become mainstream. Here in the Midwest, on average about 50% of all final services include cremation. In some areas, like the extreme Northeast and Far Western United States, cremations now account for over 70% of burials. There are many reasons contributing to this…...

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Simple & Affordable Cremations

One of the compelling reasons cremations have become increasingly popular is they can be so much more inexpensive than a traditional funeral and burial. Some large corporations have even taken advantage of this trend by including “cheap” or “affordable” in the actual names of their cremation service companies. As most…...

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The How To’s of a Visitation

There is no question that funerals are less formal today than even just a decade ago. This change, however, has not been as a result of changes in the funeral industry, but by the very people it serves. Families and those preplanning their final services have requested less dark and…...

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How to Help Children Cope with a Loved One’s Loss

Grief is challenging for adults to experience. It can be especially difficult on children who may not fully understand what is happening or who may not have the verbal skills to express their thoughts and feelings. How can adults better help children cope with the death of a loved one?…...

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What to Do for the Loss of A Pet

One of the happiest days of having a pet is when that pet is first brought home. The saddest, of course, is when we have to say goodbye upon their death. In between, they serve as companions, playmates, friends and family members. It is no wonder the loss of a…...

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Funeral Directors: One of the Most Important Jobs

Funeral Directors are often misunderstood. Perhaps it is because their careers are so challenged filled and emotionally taxing. It could be because many of us couldn’t see us performing the duties involved in this respected profession. Funeral Directors perform significant work and serve a critical role in extremely difficult times.…...

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The Path to Healing from a Loss

At some point in our lives, just about all of us will experience grief. While it is not a pleasant experience, it is an important part of the healing process. If you or someone you know is experiencing grief, there are steps you can take to make the process just…...

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What Are Cremation Keepsakes?

Keepsakes from funerals have long been a tradition in the United States. Many old family Bibles have pages stained from dried flowers sent in honor of loved ones. For many, prayer cards serve as a memento of final services. As cremations continue to grow in acceptance and popularity, cremation keepsakes…...

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How to Write an Obituary For a Loved One’s Cremation

Today’s obituaries are much more than just a notice of a loved ones passing. An obituary can tell a story of the life of a loved one and insights into their personality and passions. It recognizes those important things to them and explains how family and friends can express condolences.…...

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