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Before You Scatter Your Loved One’s Ashes, Read This

Before You Scatter Your Loved One’s Ashes, Read This
We all want to memorialize and honor our loved ones when they pass away. This often involves a religious service, burial or cremation. Mortuaries and cemeteries typically handle the disposition details that follow, but when a loved one has requested that his or her ashes be scattered after cremation, that ...
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6 Questions You’re Too Afraid to Ask Your Funeral Director

6 Questions You’re Too Afraid to Ask Your Funeral Director
If you’re like most people, you probably have a lot of questions about the funeral planning process – and you may also wonder if some of your questions are too strange or awkward to ask.  Luckily, funeral directors and other funeral professionals actually aren’t scary at all--they’re just regular people ...
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Coping With Grief During the Holidays

Coping With Grief During the Holidays
The holidays are normally considered a time for family, traditions, and cheer. But for those who have lost a loved one, feelings of sadness, emptiness, and grief may be reignited during this time as you remember old traditions, activities, and memories from past holidays. Grief can make the holidays very ...
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Unusual Funeral, Burial, and Cremation Laws in Different States

Unusual Funeral, Burial, and Cremation Laws in Different States
If you’re in the process of planning a funeral, or have been through it before, you’ve likely noticed that in addition to all the arrangements that need to be made, there are also certain rules and regulations you need to follow. States often have specific laws about funerals and burials, ...
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How to Choose Music for a Funeral

How to Choose 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 your ...
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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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