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Five Steps to Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning Five Steps to Advance Care Planning   Doing advance care planning “gives you a say, to the end of your day” and is something everyone should do to take control of their life, their future life, and their end of life. Advance care planning is not unique to America; it is something that […]

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Death, Organ Donor, and Organ Donation

When it comes to death and dying, a popular topic of discussion is organ donation which also includes whole body donation in the U.S. and international donation.

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Chronic Illness, Death, and Medicare

When it comes to end-of-life facts regarding death and Medicare, the large majority of people on Medicare die from 9 kinds of chronic illness, which are…

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How to Talk Death with a Doctor

How to talk to your Doctor about death is something may people don’t think about, but when it comes to advance care planning and end of life planning, this is an uncomfortable but vital conversation.

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Are Your End-Of-Life Care Wishes Clear

End-of-Life Care Are Your End-of-Life Care Wishes Clear? As acceptance of end-of-life planning grows in the U.S., new concerns are emerging about how well patients and their doctors understand the forms they are signing about the care they want in their final days. In September, the Institute of Medicine’s “Dying in America” report called for […]

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Death is Not Failure

Recently diagnosed with multiple brain tumors that are inoperable she has chosen to let her life run its course and to enjoy what quality time she can for as long as the tumors allow. Tragic, sad, emotional; you bet, but not a failure, as far as we can tell, on anyone’s part. Remember I said before, death is not an option. Fortunately, her healthcare providers understand this type of terminally ill planning.

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Is There Such a Thing as a Good Death?

End of Life Is There Such a Thing as a Good Death? After several years of relentless chemo and radiation to check her cancer, Rebecca decided to die with dignity. She consulted with family members and some close friends and then contacted a nearby hospice. Whatever ‘tough conversations’ there might have been were brief, open […]

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Top Technology Tools to Plan a Funeral and Memorial Service

Memorial Technology New Memorial Technology to Plan a Funeral and Better Remember Loved Ones MemorialTechnology.com is an online resource center designed to help families, Funeral Directors, and Cemetery Directors to learn more today’s new and creative ways to help cope with grief and loss and, most importantly, help celebrate the special life and memories of a […]

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Death and Burial Rituals

Burial Rituals Death and Burial Rituals The Business of Death Around the world, every day, every hour, every second, medical treatment is unable to prevent death. When doctors, nurses and hospitals can do no more for a patient, another industry steps in. World population Estimate – 7,142,797,806 There are bodies everywhere. World Death Rate: 8 […]

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Advance Directives and Advance Care Planning

Advance Directives Are We at a “Tipping” Point? How is it that 24 years after the Patient Self-Determination Act went into effect we have not made significant progress in increasing the percentage of people who have Advance Directives?  Death has been hidden behind hospital doors for almost a century, new funeral and memorial technology has advanced, […]

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Death Cafes and Dinner Parties??

Death Cafes Death Cafes and Dinner Parties   I know what you are thinking.  “Why would anyone participate in something like this?  I like to enjoy my dinner and this doesn’t sound like fun.”  Talking about death over dinner might not be the usual way you get people over to your house for a meal, […]

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Protect Your Family Against Grave Robbers

Grave Robbers Protect Your Family Against Grave Robbers It’s no surprise that identity thieves are running rampant, however it’s a shocking fact that these scammers are using the personal information and vital statistics of more than 2,000 deceased people every day. An ID Analytics study recently revealed that the misuse of social security numbers belonging […]

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10 Advantages to Burial Insurance and End of Life Planning

Burial Insurance 10 Key Things to Know About Burial Insurance   The Average Cost of a Funeral: $7,000-$10,000 The Average Cost of a Burial:  $5,000-$7,000 TOTAL Funeral and Burial Costs:  $12,000-$17,000   According to AARP (www.AARP.org), the average cost of a funeral for most families is approximately $10,000.  Depending on a wide variety of individual […]

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What to Do When a Distant Family Member Dies

Death of a Distant Relative What to Do When a Distant Family Member Dies It’s never easy to know what to do when tragedy strikes. But, when you first learn of the death of a non-immediate family member, take action right away— or at least as quickly as you are able. Express Your Condolences Nothing […]

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What is a Funeral Consultant? Why Hire One?

Funeral Consultant What is a Funeral Consultant? Perhaps you have never heard of a Funeral Consultant?  Well even if you have not, you probably agree that when it comes to life’s most important and challenging decisions, seeking professional guidance and support is a good idea.  You probably also agree that professional planners, such as wedding planners, can be sanity savers.  Let’s take a wedding for example.  Many people prefer to hire […]

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What to Wear To a Funeral

Funeral Etiquette What to Wear To a Funeral At some point in life, everyone will have to pick out an outfit to wear to a funeral. Every small detail counts. How a person dresses reflects their respect for the deceased. Although your presence is more important than what you look like in this situation, women should […]

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Talking About Death and Funeral Planning

Death and Funeral Planning Why are Funeral Planning and Death Considered Taboo Conversations? There are few things in life that are certain, but one thing that can be relied upon is that we will all die. Although death is an absolute certainty for every single one of us, society at large still seems to find it […]

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Death of a Loved One Funeral Planning Checklist

Plan a Funeral Death of a Loved One Checklist Checklist to Help Families Get Through a Difficult Time Losing a loved one is arguably one of the most difficult experiences in life.  In addition to coping with the grief and loss, there are also a variety of challenging tasks and important financial decisions to be completed, some […]

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Funeral Insurance

End of Life and Funeral Insurance Everything You Need to Know About Funeral Insurance The Average Cost of a Funeral is $10,000 (AARP.org)   10 Important Things to Know About Funeral or Burial Insurance:   1.) NO medical exam required 2.) Premiums NEVER increase 3.) Accumulates CASH value 4.) Insurance NEVER decreases 5.) EASY to […]

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Funeral Memorial Technology Services Options

MemorialTechnology.com Offers Families and Funeral Industry New Ways to Memorialize Loved Ones   Vienna, VA – The beginning of a New Year is always special for those who have lost loved ones, as well as the funeral and cemetery industries.  However, 2012 is going to be particularly special because families can now take advantage of […]

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Digital Death Online and Digitial Estate Planning

Digital Death and Estate Planning What Happens Online When You Die? While it’s a scary thought, the thought usually passes quickly, possibly accompanied with a new status update and a quick image change. However, there are a lot of people who have given the issue of digital death a lot more thought.  This is particularly […]

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Grave Headstone Monuments Tombstone Memorial

When creating a grave headstone, grave marker, or monuments, some key steps are knowing what to say, a custom headstone designer, cemetery regulation checklist.

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Funeral and Death Estate Tax Planning

Funeral Estate Tax Planning Estate and Inheritance Tax Questions to Ask After Grieving the Death of a Loved One When suffering from the grief and loss of a loved one, it can be the most painful and stressful time in our life. It’s important to surround our selves with close family or friends as a support […]

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See Why a Video Tribute Helps Funeral Memorial Services

This article explains several good reasons why a DVD Video Tribute is a new Memorial Technology and valuable addition to a Funeral Memorial Service.

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End of Life and Death Donation Options

How to Plan a Funeral and End of Life Planning are valuable additions to funeral planning, preplanning, estate planning, and financial or retirement planning.

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4 FREE Guides to End of Life Planning

4 FREE End of Life Planning guides – You can download, print, or save our Family Record Guide, How to Prepay Funeral Expenses, How to Create a Love Drawer, and How to Choose Between Wills Vs. Living Trusts.

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Best Ways to Prepay Funeral Expenses

According to AARP (www.aarp.org), the average cost of a funeral today is approximately $10,000. So by preplanning a funeral and creating an end of life plan, your are certainly doing a wonderful thing by helping to alleviate many of the funeral planning challenges.

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Who Really Needs an End of Life Plan? And Why?

Most financial professionals agree that End of Life Planning is an excellent addition to your financial and estate planning, and should include details such as a Family Record Guide, Wills, Living Trusts, and more.

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Custom Crafted Funeral Music

Custom Funeral Music The Powerful Combination of Custom Crafted Funeral Music, Pictures, and Professional Video Creating a Healing Thanksgiving Family Keepsake With the rapid growth in the Internet and new funeral technology, families today have access to many new and innovative tools that can help significantly increase their funeral and memorial planning experience. At the […]

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New Funeral Memorial Technologies Help Families Heal and Remember

Memorial Technology Six Memorial Technology Options Helping to Share, Celebrate, Heal, and Remember! Today, many new and innovative memorial technology tools that are widely-recognized in the funeral industry as common services that help make a difficult situation a little easier. New memorial technology is helping families and friends who have lost a one heal, remember, and celebrate. Below are the most common […]

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Hiring an In-Home Caregiver

End of Life Planning Five Tips for Finding a Quality Home Care Provider You and your family have decided that it is time to bring in outside help to assist with the care of a loved one in need. Because you want them to be able to remain safe, comfortable and independent in their own […]

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10 Questions About Estate Planning, Living Trust, and Last Will

Estate Planning 10 Most Common Questions Families Ask About Estate Planning, Last Wills, and Living Trusts 1. What is a Will? A Last Will is signed writing in which a person (often referred to as the “testator”) directs what is to be done with his or her property after death. Each state has its own very specific […]

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College Students Coping with Grief

Grief and Loss Coping with Grief  and Loss While Going Back to College Most people who begin their grief journey want straight facts. They want to know such things as what to expect, how long will the grief and loss can last, etc. College students are no exception. However, college students are in a unique […]

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Grief Coaching

Grief and Loss The Purpose of a Grief Coach When a family or individual is suffering from grief and loss and have important decisions to make under much duress, they often need a large degree of emotional support.  A Grief Recovery Specialist and Life Coach can help. Here are Five Ways a Grief Coach Can Help: Grief […]

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New Preferred Provider for Digital Estate Planning

Online Estate Plan FuneralResources.com Selects Entrustet.com Preferred Provider for Digital Estate Planning FuneralResources.com, the nation’s leading family-focused online Resource Center for funeral planning and preplanning, announced today they will be selecting Entrustet as a Preferred Provider for their Digital Estate Planning services. Entrustet’s Account Guardian is a free service that allows consumers to securely list […]

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Cremation Memorial Reefs Now in Texas

Green Funeral Eternal Reefs Adds New Memorial Reef Site New cremation memorial reef to be located in Galveston, Texas. The new Texas location makes the twentieth approved site for the company to offer an eco-friendly alternative to spreading the ashes of a loved one:  participation in the preparation and placement of an individually-designed memorial reef ball […]

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Preplan Funeral Expenses

Pre Need Preplanning for Funeral Costs and Expenses The final expense cost of regular adult funeral including basic items, can be significant. To give you a quick overview of the funeral costs, we’ve developed a quick chart.  Keep in mind, these basic items do not include cemetery costs, cemetery monuments, or grave marker costs – […]

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Grief and Bereavement Help After a Death

Grief and Loss Grief Help From a Family An inexpensive, yet valuable offering to help a family while they are grieving is the ability to truly listen. You might say, “I know that!”  Listening can actually be harder to do than it sounds. We are living in a society today where we are conditioned to the 10-second sound […]

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A Special Video Tribute With Custom Funeral Music

A DVD video tribute and custom funeral music combined with a special memorial video tribute helps you heal and remember a loved one forever, and in a very special and meaningful way.

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FREE End of Life Planning Guides

End of Life Guides Creating a Love Drawer Many financial professionals believe that life insurance should be referred to as “love insurance”. As cliché as this may sound, it certainly has a tremendous amount of merit. What better gift is there to give your family and loved ones upon your death than a large sum […]

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Preplan Your Funeral

Funeral Costs Top 10 Reasons to PrePlan Your Funeral When You Die, Show Your Family How Much You Love Them… Minimize Their Emotional and Financial Pressures When you die, it should be obvious that your family and loved ones will be emotionally devastated as they try to cope with this grief and loss, but adding the stress […]

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Dating After the Death of a Spouse

  Grief and Loss Romance Do’s and Don’ts Following Loss There are definitely some things to keep in mind when being in a new relationship with someone who has lost their spouse and some Do’s and Don’ts to consider. The Don’ts No Place for Jealousy: Countless people have written in to Beyond Indigo with frustration […]

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Funeral Etiquette Tips

Funeral Etiquette Tips on What to Do…And Not to Do Since people in our culture have not had much opportunity to be socialized regarding how to act at a funeral or how to be helpful to the bereaved, it falls upon professionals to assist people in these areas. I call it giving people “tools” to […]

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Facts About Green Burials Versus Traditional Funeral Burials

 Green Funeral The Key Differences Between Traditional and Green Burials Commonly known as green burials, eco-friendly burials, natural burials, or woodland burials, there are distinct differences between a traditional burial and a green burial. The first major difference is that most traditional funeral costs average approximately $10,000, while green burials are approximately $2500. Green burials […]

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Green Burial Markers

 Green Burial and Funeral Choose Green with a Green Burial Marker Consider a greener burial marker for your green funeral.  Instead of large, elaborate grave markers, green burials feature unobtrusive, natural markers. These often involve trees, funeral flowers, and rocks found on or around the gravesite. While some families opt for a small flat stone identifying […]

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Green Funeral and Green Burial Options

Green Funeral A Green Funeral Can Help Save the Environment Opponents to the traditional funeral homes view them as being more wasteful than green funeral providers citing the use of toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde in embalming fluid as unnecessary and damaging to the environment. To plan a funeral traditionally, this consumes enormous amounts of materials such as […]

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A Green Funeral is a Growing Trend in the Death Care Industry

 Green Funeral New Death Care Industry Trend Green Funerals Today a green funeral is a new trend that is emerging in the death care industry.  Green funerals, or environmentally-friendly burials, do without the use of artificial preservation methods and materials that may be harmful to the environment. By using minimalist caskets and grave markers, and natural […]

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Coping With Grief and Loss

Grief and Loss When Coping With Grief and Loss, Consider Grief Counseling, Support, and Books Grief is a human way to deal with the feelings of love that we believe have ended.  Another way of defining grief is the normal and natural reaction to significant emotional loss of any kind. There is no one way […]

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New Funeral and Memorial Technology for Fathers

Grief and Loss New Memorial Tributes and Funeral Technology Options for Fathers For those special Dad’s and Grandfathers who have passed and are dearly missed, creating a personalized and specialized memorial can provide an excellent opportunity to heal and remember. Below is a list of some of the most popular memorial options that many families are choosing […]

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Funeral and Memorial Technology News

 Funeral and Memorial Technology A Few Words Before I Go The original Rosetta Stone helped translate the pictorial language of the ancient Egyptians, providing definitions of the imagery and bringing to life a long-gone culture. Now one company is offering personal versions of the stones to tell stories about an individual long after we’re gone. […]

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Remembering Fathers

Grief and Loss For Those Who Have Lost Their Father Finding ways to remember the happy times and keeping a father’s memory alive, even long after he has passed, can be challenging but rewarding.  This is especially true for younger generations. Telling funny stories or sharing memories about Grandpa or Great Granddad will help future generations to feel […]

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Coping with Fathers Death

Coping with Loss How to Cope with the Loss of a Father My three boys, who are four, six and ten, lost their father last year.  Since he has passed away, we have been working our way through the holidays.  How do I help them cope with Fathers Day? A child can celebrate Father’s Day […]

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How to Create an Solid End of Life Plan

End of Life Planning Your Family-Focused Gift of Love Like so many families, when we suffered the loss of my mother last year we faced the difficult decision of what to do next. Because we were never willing to accept this as a possible outcome, nor did we think about planning in advance for this […]

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Death, Grief and Loss

Coping with Grief The Simplicity of Blessings Death can make us aware of the importance of life. When a person is a funeral director, he or she is surrounded by death. Many believe that blessings can arise out of grief and loss. As a society, we most often focus on the negative aspects of death. At […]

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Bereavement and Grief

Grief and Loss Inside the Grief Space People who are coping with grief and loss are definitely operating out of a different place then people who are not grieving. I call this the “Grief Space”. Within this space different thoughts and feelings are occurring to the grieving person than occur to those that are not grieving. If […]

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Terminal Illness and End of Life Support

 Death and Dying Terminal Illness Planning… One Year to Live When you are dying it is hard to come to terms with the end of your life much less help others to cope with their grief and loss of losing you soon.  The concept of death in our western culture is avoided by most people […]

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Talking About Death and Dying

 Grief and Loss How to Talk to a Friend Who is Dying Conversations to have with a dying friend: 1. Ask your friend what she believes will happen when she dies. This is can be a hard subject to broach since we have not been socialized to talk about death. In fact, we have been […]

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Seven Ways Funeral Directors Can Help You Plan a Funeral

 Plan a Funeral How a Funeral Director Can Help You Plan a Funeral After losing a close loved one back in 2008, I am constantly trying to find ways I can help both families and Funeral Directors find new ways to make the funeral planning process easier.  After working closely and researching extensively, I have learned a lot […]

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Wearing Wedding Rings After Death and Memorial Diamonds

 Grief and Loss Wearing of Wedding Rings After the Loss of a Spouse How to expand your horizons after a loss but still integrate the memory of our loved one is a common theme. A normal process through our grief and loss journey is how to integrate the loss into our lives. One of the […]

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Funerals for Children

Grief and Loss Funerals For Children Losing a child is never easy even when the child is not your own. Children are the hope for the future and should have so much of their life ahead of them. When a child is lost so are the dreams and the hopes of the future. It seems […]

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Death of a Parent

Grief and Loss Death of a Parent Organizing a deceased parents’ house or put it up for sale is not an easy task because, as you struggle through the various stages of grief, you are filled with reminders of their life. Going through a home is like walking through a photo album. Each room and item […]

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Children and Death

Grief and Loss Children at the Deathbed The topic of children and death is a hard one for many people in our society.  Keeping kids sheltered is thought to protect the children so that they will not suffer as much.  However, when we keep children away from a dying family member or don’t allow kids […]

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Coping with the Loss of a Spouse

Grief and Loss The Empty Space When you lose a wife or husband it is the first of many end of life losses. As you are finding out there is more than one person/thing missing in your life. Everything about your life is now different. The empty space will seem smaller as you go through the […]

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End of Life Conversations and Understanding

End of Life, Death, and Dying Death and End of Life are the Great Equalizers No matter what we believe, what we have or have not studied, how young or how old we are, the end result of life is death. All of us are going to die. All of us will have the same journey […]

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Coping With a Pet Loss

Pet Death Children and Pet Loss Question: Our family dog died last week and my son is beside himself. We held a small funeral for Scruffy and then had him cremated. Should I be worried about my son’s grief and loss? Pet loss, and the stages of grief related to it, is just now coming […]

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Why Cremation Memorials Are Popular

Cremation Memorials Cremation Memorials Help the Bereaved Psychologists and counselors have been researching the effects of grief and loss with more frequency over the past century.  They are finding tangible positive effects of bereavement on the family members.  The positive healing effect can be explained when it is recognized that art expresses that which cannot be expressed […]

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Terminal Illness Considerations and Planning

Terminal Illness Helpful Considerations When Facing a Terminal Illness No one wants to talk about death or dying. Nor do they want to think about how to plan a funeral for someone they love, especially if they have not passed. Although extremely difficult, planning the funeral arrangements of a loved one who has been diagnosed as terminally […]

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How to Find the Right Funeral Home Help and Funeral Home Services

 Find Funeral Help Find a Pre-Screened and Qualified™ Funeral Professional Near You To plan a funeral is widely recognized as an extremely difficult task, mainly because you are trying to cope with a combination of difficult decisions that usually involve your emotions, finances, religion, conflicting opinions, grief and loss, and time constraints. Therefore, when it comes to […]

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Three Main Reasons Families Seek Funeral Planning Help Online

Funeral Planning Help Three Most Common Reasons Families Need Help Planning a Funeral There are three common situations where families need funeral planning information, guidance, and support: 1. A loved one has recently passed: One of the best ways to reduce the stress and pressure involved when you need to plan a funeral is to make sure […]

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How to Give a Eulogy

Read our best tips on how to give a eulogy, write a funeral eulogy, deliver a funeral eulogy, spouse eulogy, mother eulogy, father eulogy, child eulogy, and sibling eulogy.

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New Memorial Technology is Changing the Funeral Industry

New Memorial Technology Funeral Directors and Families Benefit From New Memorial Technology The following is a true story; “Not too long ago, a friend of mine approached me whose aunt had just recently passed away. He was unable to travel to the funeral service due to a serious prior work commitment, but was comforted to hear […]

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End of Life Planning Personal Story

Founder of FuneralResources.com shares his personal story about the death of a loved one, funeral planning challenges, and the importance of end of life plans.

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Your End of Life Plan is the Gift of a Lifetime

End of Life Plan Creating an End of Life Plan… And Leaving the Gift of a Lifetime! Sometimes I feel as if I am the only person in America who is speaking about one of the most important plans you can create, an End of Life Plan. The harsh reality is that very few individuals, families, or even […]

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Funeral Webcasting is a Popular New Memorial Technology

Funeral Webcasting Attending a Funeral LIVE… Or On-Demand Which is Best?  Can You Use Both? Today Funeral Homes and families can now take advantage of new memorial technology tools.  One of these new tools, Funeral Webcasting, offers families the ability to “attend a funeral” and watch a loved one’s Memorial Services on the Internet, the number of families who are searching for, and choosing, this Internet webcast […]

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Funeral and Death Estate Planning – Last Wills Versus Living Trusts

Funeral Estate Planning The Differences Between a Last Will and Living Trust? Which One is Best For You?   Who Should Have a Last Will? The sad truth is that most financial advisors and estate planning attorney’s will tell you that approximately 70% of Americans die without and End of Life Plan or Last Will, also known as […]

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5 Easy Steps to Create Your End of Life Plan

End of Life Plan Steps 5 Easy Steps Create an End of Life Plan The Greatest Gift Your Family Will Always Remember Live As If There’s No Tomorrow The truth is nobody likes to talk about death or dying.  However, the unfortunate reality is that all of us will be forced to deal with this difficult situation […]

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Funeral Etiquette

Funeral Etiquette Funeral Etiquette for the Family of the Deceased It’s not always easy to know what to say or do at a time of loss. Just being there for a friend or family member can be a comfort. However, there is funeral etiquette to be followed when someone passes away. Customs for expressing sympathy […]

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Funeral Music and Top Funeral Songs

Funeral Music Funeral Planning and Funeral Music Considerations You cannot lose sight of the fact that when you have to plan a funeral, without sounding selfish, the reality is that this celebration is all about you.  Therefore, you have every right to request a grand celebration with lots of fun, laughing, dancing, and funeral music.  Some of us […]

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Funeral Webcasting is a New Memorial Technology With Many Benefits

Funeral Webcasting Many People Cannot Attend a Funeral But… Now They Can View it LIVE on the Internet Since there are many valid reasons people cannot attend a funeral, such as health, finances, age, work, or timing, there is new memorial technology that exists today called Funeral Webcasting.  This is one of the many new funeral home services that is capable of broadcasting […]

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Funeral Video Tributes Top Five Benefits

Video Tributes Five Reasons A Funeral Video Tribute is an Excellent Memorial Keepsake   1. A Quality Memorial Tribute Each custom Video Tribute is hand-crafted by professional technicians who artfully tell your loved one’s story.  With expert direction, the funeral music and imagery join together in perfect harmony to create a healing experience as individual as your loved […]

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Funeral Planning is Turning to the Internet

Funeral Planning Families are Searching the Internet for Funeral Planning Help Although nobody likes to talk about death or dying, the reality is there are thousands of people every day who are faced with one of the most difficult decisions they can make throughout their lifetime.  For most families faced with the need to plan a funeral, […]

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Funeral Planning Help Families are Searching For

Funeral Planning Help What Kinds of Funeral Planning Help are Families Searching For? When I recently lost my mother, the terrible loss was compounded by the need for funeral planning help.  Like most families, we had never discussed and quite honestly, we avoided answering the question of; “What do we do next?”  Also, similar to most families, we had no idea who to […]

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Funeral Flower Arrangements

Funeral Flower Arrangements FuneralResources.com Endorses FTD Flowers Sending funeral flowers has never been easier since FuneralResources.com has endorsed FTD as a preferred Funeral Flower Provider. A lot has changed with funeral flower arrangements, and there are many tasteful options to extend sympathy to loved ones. FTD has funeral flowers to send to the home, office or as a part […]

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