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Funeral Procession Etiquette

Even if you’ve never participated in one, chances are that you’ve seen a funeral procession on the road, and you may have wondered how they work or how you should react. Here’s a short guide to funeral procession etiquette for those planning, participating in or just encountering one. (However, as w

When to Arrive to a Funeral or Memorial Service

Every type of event has its own social etiquette, so it’s normal to be unsure about when to arrive a funeral or memorial service. Here’s a quick guide to help with your funeral etiquette: When to arrive at a funeral as a guest If you’re

Funeral Attire Ideas for Men

When many western men think of a typical funeral attire, they often tend to think of a black suit and neutral tie, or of what not to wear. It’s important to note that traditions are changing and the rules aren’t as black and white as they used to be for previous generations. While it’s important to


10 Meaningful Places to Scatter Ashes

When a loved one is cremated, families can choose to bury the ashes, keep them in an urn or scatter them somewhere. While the act of scatt

7 Alternatives to Traditional Burial and Cremation

Many people think about how they want to impact the world while they are alive, but most people don’t spend a lot of time thinking about how they’ll impact the world after they’ve died. While cremation and traditional burial continue to be the leading disposition options in the United States, there

What is Alkaline Hydrolysis?

Alkaline hydrolysis (sometimes referred to as liquid cremation, biocremation, resomation or water cremation) is a manner of final disposition that involves dissolving a cadaver in a heated alkali solution of potassium hydroxide (KOH). The process mimics the body’s natural process of breaking down, b


How to Write a Eulogy

It’s impossible to capture someone’s life and impact in a single speech, which can make the task of writing a eulogy feel especially daunting. If you’re sitting down to write a eulogy and feeling at a loss for words, start with these steps: 1. Decide what you want to convey. Every person in

What is a Eulogy?

A eulogy is a speech generally given at a funeral or memorial service for someone who has passed away. A eulogy can be delivered by a family member, friend, priest, minister, or any other bereaved community member or procession attendee. The eulogy can be written and presented in a variety of w

Top Memorial Quotes

Citing a memorial quote in a eulogy, obituary, or memorial website for a loved one can be a beautiful way of putting difficult emotions into elegant words. Here are some of the top memorial quotes for a loved one: “Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.” - Theodore Geis


20 Best Funeral Hymns

Hymns are a popular choice of religious music for funerals. There are dozens to choose from that can represent different tones, emotions, and experiences for a community. Funeral hymns can bring people comfort and joy at times of loss by bringing a community together to sing and be present together.

20 Best Funeral Songs and Memorial Songs

Music for a funeral service can be used for many reasons. For one, the act of playing music for a community can quite literally break an uncomfortable silence or help provide a distraction from people’s thoughts and grief. More often, funeral songs can help a community grieve together and allow for

20 Best Country Funeral Songs

Country music has a way of telling a unique story that can resonate with anyone who is listening. When it comes to picking funeral songs, a country funeral song can be the best way to honor a loved one’s favorite music or simply embody what a community may be feeling. Whether you’re looking for so


5 Steps for Dealing with the Death of a Loved One

Experiencing the loss of someone close can be one of the hardest things to face in life, while coping with such a profound loss can seem just as difficult. Dealing with the death of a loved one can be especially difficult for those who have never dealt with grief. While dealing with grief, it’s

20 Quotes about Grief

When processing grief, it’s often difficult to translate feelings into words. Sometimes, it can be helpful to lean on the words of others to show your emotions. From religious figures like Saint Francis of Assisi to world renown authors like Leo Tolstoy, many historical figures have written and spok

The Five Stages of Grief

While many people have heard of the five stages of grief, their application is frequently misunderstood. When Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler first wrote about the five stage in 1969, they applied them to the grief of knowing one’s own death is imminent, not the grief of losing someone else.


Top Ideas for Grave Markers

When a loved one passes away and the plans are made for a burial, it’s important to research ideas for grave markers and engravings before making a purchase. Choosing a grave marker is an important process because a grave marker ultimately becomes a part of a loved one’s memorial. It is a memento by

A Guide to Buying Caskets

Buying a casket or coffin can be an overwhelming experience. Many people have little idea about what to expect and the options can be seem endless. If you need to purchase a casket, here is what you should know. Types of caskets Most caskets are made out of either wood or metal, but there i

What are Grave Markers?

What’s the difference between a gravestone and a grave marker? While both a gravestone and a grave marker share a similar purpose in showing who is buried in a specific spot, a headstone is raised above the ground, while a grave marker lays flat against the ground. Why choose a grave mar


How to Send a Death Notice Online

A death notice, also known as a funeral announcement, a death announcement, or a funeral invitation, is commonly sent to friends and family to announce the death of a loved one. Historically, making a death notice has required that a payment be made to a newspaper or publication of choice, somewhat

How to Write an Obituary

Writing an obituary is an act of love that can accomplish many things. At its core, an obituary is a declaration of loss, an acknowledgement of grief, and an expression of joy all-in-one. It celebrates the life of a loved one in a way that few other ways can. Beyond what an obituary can accomplis

How to Find a Grave, Cemetery or Death Record

Finding the grave of a loved one can be challenging, especially when families are more spread out across the US today than ever before. If you’re looking for a grave of a family member overseas, then it will likely require even more patience. But with a few tips, you can get started in the next few


Buddhist Funeral Traditions, Customs, and Beliefs

Buddhism is the world’s fourth largest religion with over 520 million followers, most of which reside in Asian countries including China, Japan, Myanmar, Tibet, Sri Lanka and Cambodia. In the United States, Buddhists make up roughly 1% of the population with the greatest concentrations in Hawaii and

Hindu Funeral Traditions, Customs, and Beliefs

Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world with over 1.1 billion followers with most living in India and Nepal. In the United States, Hindus represent 1% of the US population with over 3 million followers living across the country. For those attending a Hindu funeral, it can be useful a


What is an Advance Directive?

An advance directive is a legal document that outlines your wishes for care at the end-of-life. It covers two main topics: Your living will: Your decisions on when to receive medical care and what type of care you would like to receive in specific situations. For example, would you want