5 Creative Ways to Address Your Grief

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When we think of grief coping strategies, we tend to return to the old favorites—sharing with your friends and family, giving yourself time, perhaps even seeking out counseling. While all of these are essential to the grieving process, there may be a more direct way of releasing your grief; a creative outlet can many times be just as comforting as the old standards. Here are five positive and effective ways with which to address your grief. Continue reading

What You Need to Know About Body Donation

Body donation for medical research

Although a far less common option than burial or cremation, whole-body donation is a valid and highly beneficent choice. There are many medical research facilities that will accept donations and, with them, make strides in research and education. To many, this may seem like a very extreme decision, one that their families may oppose. In order to clarify some of the details around the process, we have compiled some of the most commonly asked questions about body donations. Continue reading

Perspectives on Afterlife: What We Can Learn from Islam

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As turmoil and unrest continue to plague the Middle East, it is worthwhile to note that there is a great deal more common ground than disagreement between the Islamic faith and the Judeo-Christian belief system.

In many ways, the Islamic belief in the afterlife mirrors Christianity quite closely. Much like Christianity, there is a Heaven, more commonly referred to as Paradise. There is also a Hell or Jahannem. The idea of a Judgement Day or the Last Day is also quite prevalent and is instrumental in deciding the fate of the deceased. Continue reading

How You Improve the Funeral Service Industry

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Recently, the Federal Trade commission released its annual survey of consumer complaints; their findings showed that there is an increase in complaints in just about every industry…except funeral services. In fact, this is one of a handful of industries that has actually seen a decline in complaints. What does this mean and how does it happen?

While it is difficult to pinpoint the exact reason, the FTC report implies that funeral services has figured out a better way to provide customer service in a time where others are truly struggling. Continue reading

5 Unique Ways to Dispose of Cremains

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There are many reasons to choose cremation, but perhaps the most common reason is the flexibility it accords. Cremains can be kept for any amount of time, they can be buried or interred, or they can be scattered in a meaningful location. While many people opt for some version of the above-mentioned options, others are inclined to experiment with a more unique form of disposal. Here are some of the most interesting ways that cremains are scattered. Continue reading

“Funeral” or “Memorial” – How to Decide

In Remembrance

Although the gap between the two terms has slowly been closing, there is still a difference between funerals and memorials. Most notably, a funeral will have the body of the deceased present while a memorial service will not. While this is, in essence, the only major difference, over the years each tribute has developed its own distinct feel. When thinking what might be the more appropriate plan for you and your loved ones, take these factors into consideration. Continue reading

Green Burial FAQ

Green burial

Until recently, if you were looking into a “greener” burial, your options were extremely limited. Traditional burial techniques, including embalming and caskets, were required by law. However, in a time where the environment has become more of a concern to us all, green burials are becoming the ever more mainstream choice.

What is a Green Burial?

If you do a bit of research, you will find that there are certification procedures that can ensure a funeral is green, there are special cemeteries that will inter the body in a green fashion, and there are even special shrouds that will disintegrate any toxins in your body. While all of these are entirely viable options, a green burial, quite simply, means that you are deciding to return a body to the earth as naturally as possible; it may be in a bio-degradable casket, or a homemade shroud, or among soil and tree seeds. Continue reading

Your Complete Guide to Funeral Etiquette

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Funerals are an extremely difficult time for the family of the deceased, however it can also be a stressful time for friends and acquaintances attending the services. You want to pay your respects, but you don’t want to be in any way offensive. You want to express sympathy, but don’t want to be a bother. You may decide that having these thoughts cross your mind is silly, but in fact it is probably something that many people consider. To take some of the pressure off, we have come with a list of Dos and Do Nots to which you can refer. Continue reading

Death Away From Home: What You Need to Know

Death Away from Home

 

If your loved one passes away while away from home, the added stressors of getting the body home and making the necessary arrangements can feel insurmountable. What do you do? Whom do you call? What is the proper procedure to follow? As with everything in life, the more information you have ahead of time, the better prepared you will be to deal with this difficult matter efficiently.

Make Measured Decisions

If someone you love has passed away and you are out of your element, it is easy to fall into panic and do the first thing that feels “right.” However, always think through what you are about to do; consider even asking a friend or family member if your thinking is rational.

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3-D Urns Offer Customization for Remembrance

3-D Printed Urn

3-D Printed Urn from Forevernce.com

While most people would agree that selecting an urn for your loved one’s ashes is a delicate and thoughtful process, it is also true that in the end there is not that much difference in the appearance of the chosen product. The material and make might be slightly different, as is the price tag, but in essence an urn is an urn. But what if there was more to memorializing your loved one?

It is very common for families to memorialize their deceased loved one through unique methods; some people choose to scatter ashes in meaningful locations, others plant those ashes with seeds to then have a physical reminder of the one they have lost. But what if you want to keep those ashes close to family and friends? Now it is possible to have a unique memorialization even without parting with your loved one’s ashes.

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