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What Is Caregiver’s Guilt? Understanding and Overcoming a Common Emotion

What Is Caregiver’s Guilt? Understanding and Overcoming a Common Emotion
Caregivers dedicate a huge amount of selfless time and energy toward attending to their elderly or ill loved ones. When this loved one eventually passes, it is common to experience a variety of emotions, including regret, anger, or even a sense of relief from the burden of caregiving.  Many people ...
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“How Would You Like to Be Buried?” Having a Difficult Conversation With Your Spouse

“How Would You Like to Be Buried?” Having a Difficult Conversation With Your Spouse
While many of us have some idea of what we’d like to happen when we die, talking about it can be difficult.  And when it comes to discussing funerals, burials, and other related topics, spouses may find those final stages challenging to consider. Fortunately, there are ways to approach this ...
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What You Need to Know Before Buying a Gravestone

What You Need to Know Before Buying a Gravestone
Immortalizing your loved one in an elegant and beautiful headstone—or even a monument—may be one of your top priorities, but you’ll want to be careful about which headstone, grave marker, or monument you commission. Many cemeteries regulate what kinds of headstones they will install on their property, so the preliminary ...
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Removing the Deceased After Death: What You Need to Know

Removing the Deceased After Death: What You Need to Know
The hours and days following a loved one’s death can be extremely difficult. Though the loved ones of the decedent may be struggling emotionally to accept the loss, they must also begin taking the first steps of the funeral process. One of the first steps in the process, from a ...
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How to Become a Tree When You Die

How to Become a Tree When You Die
Turning your loved one’s cremated ashes into a tree keeps them alive in nature forever. Planting a tree seed or seedling alongside a family member’s ashes and watching it grow can be one of the most rewarding and meaningful experiences in your life. But as romantic as the idea seems, is ...
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Why Widowers Grieve Differently, and Some Resources to Help

Why Widowers Grieve Differently, and Some Resources to Help
Widowers are vulnerable.  Very vulnerable! In fact, according to research performed by Dr. Justin Denney of Washington State University, widowed men have a 1.6 to 2.0 times the risk of death by suicide, compared to otherwise similar married men, and they’ll do so within two years of their wife’s death. ...
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A Guide to Picking the Perfect Urn

A Guide to Picking the Perfect Urn
Whether you intend to bury your loved one’s ashes, display them at home, or place them in a columbarium at your place of worship or a cemetery, you’ll need an urn. Urns come in a variety of designs and sizes, and we’ll walk you through picking the right urn for ...
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What to Know Before Flying With Ashes Internationally

What to Know Before Flying With Ashes Internationally
Traveling anywhere with cremated remains is a challenge on its own. When you tie in international regulations, customs laws, and airline regulations, it becomes even more complicated.    If you’re grieving, travel stress is likely to be the last thing you want to deal with. To save yourself the headache ...
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What to Know Before Flying with Ashes Domestically in the US

What to Know Before Flying with Ashes Domestically in the US
Travelling can be stressful in the best of circumstances. When it’s accompanied by the death of a loved one, it can be even more difficult. If you need to transport a loved one’s ashes, you may encounter situations which delay travel – and possibly prevent you from boarding altogether. Prepare ...
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How to Plan a Funeral for a Military Family Member

How to Plan a Funeral for a Military Family Member
Losing a loved one during active military service can be one of the hardest things to come to terms with for families left behind. In addition to coping with the loss, families also have to deal with organizing the funeral arrangements. Military members are eligible for different funeral benefits, which, ...
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