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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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Crime Victims Assistance and Compensation

Planning a funeral can be stressful, especially if the death was unexpected. Deaths that result from any variation of homicide may qualify you or your family for Crime Victim Assistance and Compensation. The loss of income, the cost of the funeral, and even the expenses for counseling may be covered ...

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Paying for a Funeral with Auto Insurance Coverage

When faced with a devastating loss, the pressure of locating funeral and burial funds can wreak havoc and stress on newly bereaved families. There are many steps you can take to alleviate some of the costs; from foregoing a wake in favor of a direct burial or cremation and hosting ...

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Funeral Homes 101: What You Need to Know At a Vulnerable Time

Dialogues on Living & Dying Well with guest, Rachel Zeldin

Without knowledge of the options available to us, we are unable to make the best choice for ourselves and support our loved ones to make their own choices as well. -Kim Adams

View the June 9th webinar series featuring I'm Sorry ...

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World Funeral Customs: Islamic Funeral Traditions

Religious Background on Islam

Muslims, the worshippers of Islam, believe that there is only one God (Allah) and that Muhammad is God’s prophet. The Quran is the primary holy book of Islamic teachings. Most Muslims either belong to the Sunni denomination (~80%) or the Shia denomination (~15%). With about 1 ...

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Five Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day with Flowers

Did you know that flowers have been entwined with Memorial Day since the creation of the holiday? When Memorial Day was first observed on May 30, 1868, flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. That tradition continues to grow as communities across ...

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Alternatives to Embalming

Embalming is not the only means of temporarily preserving a body prior to burial or cremation. In fact, the United States and Canada are the only countries in which embalming is still considered common practice, with countries such as Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Luxembourg, and Scandinavia having banned it years ago. If you are ...

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Eco-Friendly Casket Guide

A Guide to Eco-Friendly Caskets, Shrouds, and Urns

The concept of a “green funeral” has become an intriguing option as consumers consider how they can be more environmentally-friendly when planning a funeral. More specifically, green caskets or eco-friendly caskets have become more widely available, giving consumers an alternative to ...

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Everything You Want To Know About Embalming…And Even the Things You Don't

What is embalming?

Embalming is the treatment of a deceased individual to temporarily preserve and forestall decomposition. In 1867, chemist August Wilhelm von Hofmann discovered formaldehyde, replacing the use of arsenic in the 20th century, and became the foundation for modern methods of embalming. Modern embalming cocktails contain a mixture ...

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