Did you know that Social Security pays out two types of death benefits. The first is a lump sum death benefit of $255. The second is an ongoing monthly death benefit called a survivor benefit. One of...
7 tips for planning an outdoor funeral service
An outdoor funeral service is a unique way to create a personalized service, and loved ones can grieve in the comfort of nature.
Tips for Following Proper Funeral Etiquette
People who have not attended funeral services in the past are often anxious about going to a ceremony, because they are worried they may make an inadvertent etiquette mistake.
Goldsteins' Rosenberg's Raphael-Sacks
Ask anyone whose family member pre-planned a funeral and one thought comes to mind–it’s a gift or a blessing. The passing of a loved one is difficult, and the feelings of sadness, honor, and responsibility play a large part in the decision making process. Pre-planning a funeral allows your family to focus on healing and coming together without the added pressure of having to make the various decisions concerning funeral services and burial Pre-arrangement, also called pre-need, can be discussed at any age and plans can be easily amended as your preferences or circumstances change Pre-planning covers the following: Choosing a memorial service Preparing a document or letters that can be used as a guide for…
Advice for Penning an Obituary
Are you considering options for cemetery services following the loss of a loved one? If so, then you may also need to compose an obituary for the deceased individual. If you have questions about this process, then watch this video for some helpful advice on preparing an obituary.
What to Wear to a Burial
Visiting a cemetery is a solemn, formal affair, and your clothing should reflect this. Before choosing an outfit for the burial, consider whether the family's faith or cultural background calls for a particular style of clothing.
“For Everything There is a Season: Why Have a Funeral?..”
Imagine what family and friends experience when a loved one simply disappears. They can’t get on with their lives until they know one way or another if that person is alive or dead. Just recently…
Selfies at a Funeral — Really?
There’s nothing quite like attending a funeral service and being distracted by someone taking a selfie. As loved ones weep and a priest or pastor shares healing wisdom for the bereft, the offender leans in and snaps a pic of himself or herself — then rushes to post it to social media. A funeral director in Canada went on the radio recently to request that people reconsider taking out their phones during memorial services, Salt Lake City’s news channel KUTV reported. How do you even caption a funeral selfie — “Check me out, I’m sad right now”? “In many funeral parlors, we have very clear rules around limiting selfies,” said Denis Desrochers, president of the Corporation of Funeral Directors of Quebec, “or we tell the public that the families don’t want selfies.” Have…
Cemetery Etiquette: What you Need to Know for that Cemetery Trip
Gravestones can have useful information that could help you break through a brick wall, and grow your family tree. Although not all cemeteries are local to your area, with sites like FindAGrave.com , distant gravestones are made available to you online. If you’re lucky and find that a gravestone you are looking for is near you, there are some things you’ll first need to know before you visit the cemetery. With these quick tips, you’ll be ‘graving’ in no time Be Respectful This really goes without saying, but sometimes we need to be reminded. A cemetery is a place for families to mourn and visit their loved ones. Be respectful of those around you. Remember not to leave any trash when you leave, and not to disturb what might be at the memorial.…
10 most fascinating cemeteries
You may have noticed all the ads lately for Bellefontaine Cemetery. Seems odd, but what a great place to visit to learn about St. Louis' (and possibly your family's) history.