Funeral Planning

Everything You Need to Know About Death Certificates

Everything You Need to Know About Death Certificates
Photo: Alan Crawford, Getty Images 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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Crime Victims Assistance and Compensation

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

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 To ...
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Alternatives to Embalming

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

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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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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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: '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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What Is The Average Cost of a Funeral?

What Is The Average Cost of a Funeral?
Funerals are not one size fits all. They can be very simple affairs or full-service events with all the bells and whistles. The average costs of a full-service funeral in the USA is over $7,000, which does NOT include cemetery costs such as the plot, opening and closing of the ...
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