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4 things to do if you can’t attend a funeral

Most individuals have lives filled with work, appointments and other obligations. This can create difficulties when planning funerals, and the reality is that not everyone who loved and admired someone who has passed will be able to attend the funeral. Here are four...

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What to write in an obituary

When writing an obituary, you want to create one that truly honors the deceased. Below is a guide to help you through the writing process to ensure the obituary celebrates the life of your loved one. An overview of their life The first step is to collect the correct...

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A guide to nonreligious funeral services

An unfortunate part of the deep social connections we cultivate with others throughout our lives is ultimately having to say goodbye. When someone passes on, no matter our religion or culture, there is a universal need to remember them and honor the life they lived....

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Appropriate attire for a funeral

Attending a funeral service can be difficult. What you’re going to wear is probably the last thing on your mind. Here's a quick guide to funeral attire so you can rest assured you're dressed appropriately for the event. Should I wear black? In the Western world, black...

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What to say to someone who is grieving

It can be difficult to find the right words when speaking to someone who has lost a loved one. You want your words to be supportive and comforting without being intrusive or presumptuous. The fear of saying something that might upset the bereaved may make you feel...

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Why you should consider preparing a will

For many people, creating a will gets added to the bottom of a long to-do list. However, it shouldn’t be something you put off. This legal document can help your family avoid unnecessary administrative tie-ups when you pass. We gathered the basic information you need...

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5 tips for picking photos to pay tribute to a loved one

When planning a memorial service, you may want to include a photo board or digital photo slideshow to honor the life your loved one lived. Choosing the right pictures can be overwhelming. Our expert memorial planners put together this list of things to consider to...

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What is embalming?

It is not always possible to hold a funeral service immediately after a loved one has died. Sometimes, services are delayed so that family members can travel from far away to attend, or there may even be the need to transport the body for burial somewhere else. In...

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How funerals help bring closure and healing for loved ones

Losing a loved one is never easy. Knowing their bodily presence is no longer with you can bring extreme grief. The emotions that you experience when you lose a friend or family member can make it difficult to even plan a funeral or memorial service, let alone endure...

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