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How to Select Music for a Funeral

How to Select Music for a Funeral

Music is an often overlooked, but vitally important aspect of a funeral or memorial ceremony. As funerals have evolved over the years, the range of choices for music to accompany these ceremonies has broadened. Today, almost any music can be used for a funeral, so you’ll have the freedom to ...

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Conserved land offers back-to-nature burials

Conserved land offers back-to-nature burials

By Bill Moss for the Hendersonville Lightning

Carolina Memorial Sanctuary in Mills River offers a place for people to bury their loved ones or scatter their ashes, in harmony with nature.

On Oct. 2, the sanctuary donated a permanent conservation easement to Conserving Carolina, which assures that this burial ground ...

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Should You Hire a Professional Photographer for Your Funeral?

Should You Hire a Professional Photographer for Your Funeral?

We all know it is very common for people to hire photographers to document important life events like births and weddings, but what about funerals? While hiring a photographer for a funeral is nothing new, it is understandably less popular than the aforementioned events.  However, while still not commonplace, the ...

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8 Steps to Picking A Funeral Home

8 Steps to Picking A Funeral Home

There are nearly 20,000 funeral homes in the US alone, which can make picking the one that perfectly matches your family’s needs difficult. If you’re not careful, you could end up paying thousands for a funeral ceremony that could’ve cost much less elsewhere. But if you thoroughly research all ...

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Creative Ways to Honor the Memory of Your Loved One

Creative Ways to Honor the Memory of Your Loved One

Our departed loved ones never truly leave our hearts and minds, whether they passed away just a few weeks or a few decades ago. That’s why many families look for ways to commemorate the deceased in creative, personalized ways. Here are a few of our favorite ways you can keep ...

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Clergy, Celebrants, Family - Choosing a Funeral Officiant

Clergy, Celebrants, Family - Choosing a Funeral Officiant

One of the most important--and unavoidable--determinations for any funeral is deciding who will officiate the actual funeral or memorial service. The decision can be a difficult one if the deceased did not specify any final wishes. Will it be a clergy member, a trusted family member, or a certified celebrant ...

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5 Estate & Funeral Planning Documents You Should Prepare Right Now

5 Estate & Funeral Planning Documents You Should Prepare Right Now

You never know what the future will hold, and that’s why it is so important to be prepared.  But while having your estate and final wishes in order can give you peace of mind, the legal landscape of doing so can be confusing.  As a result, people far too often ...

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4 Emerging Examples of Environmentally-Friendly Burial Tech

4 Emerging Examples of Environmentally-Friendly Burial Tech

A traditional burial isn’t for everyone, and an increasing number of people are having concerns about the lasting environmental impact of their remains.  Driven by these sentiments, the emerging use of eco-friendly – or green – burial technology has been a growing topic of interest in recent years.  These relatively ...

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Planning a Cremation: 5 Things You Should Know

Planning a Cremation: 5 Things You Should Know

More people are choosing cremation today than ever before, and cremation rates in 2017 surpassed burial rates for the first time in history.  Though cremation is a common choice, the process can still be relatively unfamiliar for most families. Here’s what you need to know about what’s involved in this ...

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Southeast Asia Funeral Customs

Southeast Asia Funeral Customs

Being an incredibly diverse region, Southeast Asia does not have a prevailing religion or ethnicity. Funeral customs therefore differ significantly even within countries, though most people follow Buddhist, Muslim, or Chinese tradition. Each Southeast Asian country has its own spin on these traditions, and they vary from country to country ...

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