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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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Bouquets, Wreaths, or Sprays? What You Need to Know About Funeral Flowers

Bouquets, Wreaths, or Sprays? What You Need to Know About Funeral Flowers
Families often must make a variety of tough decisions following the loss of a loved one. Without a specific wish outlined by the deceased, choosing details such as funeral and burial bouquets can be overwhelming. Many options exist for funeral flower arrangements. Whether you’re trying to plan a loved one’s ...
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Cremation Preferred in National Consumer Survey

Cremation Preferred in National Consumer Survey
A 2018 study of consumer cremation preferences and expected costs by Tulip Cremation shows the majority of people prefer to be cremated but underestimate the cost of cremation. Tulip Cremation polled 1,000 people across America to find out: How many are planning to be cremated What people expect cremation to cost ...
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The Fight for the Right to Be Cremated by Water

The Fight for the Right to Be Cremated by Water
By Emily Atkin | June 14, 2018 for The New Republic "Aquamation," a greener form of body disposal, is gaining acceptance in America. But some powerful groups are fighting to stop it. Samantha Sieber’s grandfather had a traditional American burial. His body was embalmed, put in a metal casket, and laid ...
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