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Everything You Need to Know About Death Certificates

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When a loved one dies, you'll need to order death certificates to submit to certain agencies to shut down accounts or collect benefits. But how many death certificates should you order? Below you'll learn about the purpose of death certificates, typical uses, how to order ...

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Funeral Customs & Traditions: The Surprising History Behind Gravestones

"Shhh," I'd whisper to my little brother, index finger pressed tightly to my lips, "Don't make any noise or you'll wake the dead." We'd stare out the window, holding our breath, as our car passed yet another cemetery. Watching in anticipation as the granite gravestones rushed past in ...

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Estate Planning: When We Leave Pets Behind

Since 1947, when the term 'nuclear family,' was first popularized, house-pets have been considered a crucial part of the basic social unit in America.

There are over 70 million cats and over 70 million dogs occupying over 30% of American households. That is more than enough furry friends to ...

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The cost of dying is steep for the unprepared

By Marion Callahan for PhillyBurbs

The last thing grief-stricken people may think about when a loved one dies is the cost of the final arrangements. 

With little time to plan during a vulnerable time, they could end up with a hefty bill, paying far more on services than they planned ...

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10 Do's & Don'ts of Condolence Etiquette

Mourning online can be a difficult line to walk; between the giving and receiving of condolences, there is no universally acceptable or unacceptable way to pay your respects. There are many unspoken rules of social media etiquette and when combined with a topic like death, it becomes nearly impossible to ...

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The Cremation Process

What is cremation?

Cremation is a means of final body disposition that uses intense heat to break down the body to bone fragments which are often pulverized along with the other organic matter to an ash-like substance.

The Cremation Process

Cremation is performed by placing the deceased in a cremation container of your ...

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Everything You Want to Know About Immediate Burials

Immediate burial, also known as direct burial or simple burial, is the interment of a body in the days immediately following death. Immedited burial, similar to direct cremation, is one of the most cost effective burial options available and is offered by all funeral homes in the United States.

What is Immediate Burial?

Immediate burial ...

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Buddhist Funeral Traditions

Buddhist Funerals & Reincarnation

There are no specific rituals or rites common to all Buddhists. Funeral traditions vary greatly between the different types (sects) and countries where the funeral takes place due to different teachings and beliefs of the religion. However, central to all Buddhism, is the belief in reincarnation ...

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Everything You Need to Know about Direct Cremation

Whether you are tight on funds, like the simplicity of cremation, or are environmentally conscious, you may choose a direct cremation. By law, every funeral home and cremation provider must offer a Direct Cremation package as a "minimal service."

What is Direct Cremation?

Direct Cremation is the cremation of a ...

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Jehovah's Witness Funeral Traditions

Religious Background on Jehova's Witness

Jehovah’s Witness is a distinct denomination of Christianity. The origins of the religion can be traced back to Charles Russell’s Bible Student movement in America during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Jehovah’s Witness is characterized by a rigid set of beliefs that are ...

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