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How To Write a Death Notice

How To Write a Death Notice
When a loved one passes away one of the harder tasks that you may face is how to write a death notice. 'Death notices' and 'obituaries' are two terms many use interchangeably when confronted with the passing of a loved one. In reality, though, these objects serve not only mean ...
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Online Funeral Streaming: A Thing Of the Past Or The Future?

Online Funeral Streaming: A Thing Of the Past Or The Future?
Over the past decade there have been many technological advances that allow anyone with a smartphone in their pocket to be an amateur photographer, videographer, or artist or have a "face-to-face" conversation even when the parties are in different locations. Those same technologies have begun to cross over to the funeral ...
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A Guide to Navigating the Loss of a Child

A Guide to Navigating the Loss of a Child
If you were recently notified of a possible life-threatening complication in your pregnancy or your baby did not survive its first birthday due to a miscarriage, neonatal death, stillbirth or premature birth, you may be asked to make lasting decisions regarding the autopsy, delivery of the child, and method of ...
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Grieving the Loss of a Child | Resources, Support & Assistance

Grieving the Loss of a Child | Resources, Support & Assistance
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than one third of all child deaths occur within the first month of life. While the United States is rated 167th globally in infant deaths, of every 1,000 births, 5.87 children do not make it to their first birthday. The death of a ...
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Funeral Flowers: Colors and Symbolism

Funeral Flowers: Colors and Symbolism
The loss of a family member, friend, colleague or neighbor is always difficult. Selecting flowers to convey your emotions can be overwhelming especially when you’re unsure how to express your sympathy. Sending flowers is a meaningful gesture that can provide comfort to those who are grieving. There are typically two ...
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VIDEO: A Good Goodbye with Gail Rubin

VIDEO: A Good Goodbye with Gail Rubin
Don’t plan to die? Bad news – humans have a 100% mortality rate. Yet only 30% of us make end-of-life plans: wills or trusts, advance medical directives and pre-need funeral planning. That leaves 70% of us unprepared and devastated, not if, but when a death occurs. Listen to Gail Rubin ...
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Mormon Funeral Traditions

Mormon Funeral Traditions
A Religious Background Mormons believe that the human body and spirit separate at death. Afterwards, the spirit is judged and is either sent to paradise or prison in the spirit world. Eventually, body and spirit are resurrected at the Final Judgment and – based on the goodness of the individual ...
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VIDEO: 'Ask a Mortician' on Advance Directives and Why You Should Have One

VIDEO: 'Ask a Mortician' on Advance Directives and Why You Should Have One
We’re quick to have conversations about how we want to live our lives but steer away from the ones concerning how we’d like to prepare for them to end. We all deserve the chance to communicate our preferences in who handles our care and how we want to be treated ...
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Inside A Home Funeral

Inside A Home Funeral
Melissa Roberts Weidman, a hospice writer and administrator, recounts her experience with a home funeral. After the death of her best friends’ 22-year-old son, Weidman was asked to help arrange his home funeral. In the article, she describes the intimate details of preparing his body, as well as the emotions ...
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The Difference Between a Coffin and a Casket

The Difference Between a Coffin and a Casket
How a Coffin and a Casket are Different The terms “coffin” and “casket” are often used interchangeably. However, contrary to popular belief, a coffin and a casket are not the same thing. While both a casket and a coffin serve the same general purpose, the difference between the two is ...
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