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2018

Featured FAQ: Why Do People Pre-plan Funerals?

The number one reason people plan in advance for a funeral is peace of mind. Those who preplan achieve this knowing that they will not be a burden to their families; that their arrangements take into accord their own wishes as well as their family’s needs; that it fits into their estate plan, and that they can realize financial savings.

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2018

Five Ways to Honor the Service Men and Women in your Life

On November 11 we will observe Veteran’s Day – a day to celebrate and honor every soldier – past, present, living, or deceased – for his or her service in the military. As citizens of the United States who are granted the freedoms that so many brave men and women fight to preserve and protect, we should honor their service and express our gratitude for their sacrifice.

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2018

How to Recognize, Prevent and Address Elder Abuse

No matter what age, everyone is entitled to be treated with kindness, respect and compassion. Unfortunately, elder abuse is a widespread problem and hundreds of thousands of adults over the age of sixty are abused, neglected, or financially exploited each year – many in their own homes. But what can you do about it? Promoting public awareness of the issue; providing support and training for caregivers; and reporting abuse when you suspect it are some of the ways to help curb neglect and abuse of elders.

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2018

Annual Coat Drive Has Begun: Gently Used Coats Needed to Provide Warmth For the Winter!

Help us provide warmth to the needy during our seventh annual coat drive, underway now through the end of November. Help us meet our goal to collect 250 COATS THIS WINTER!

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2018

Slow Down When Planning a Funeral

The death of a close friend or family member can be a very stressful time, and there are many decisions to face, especially when making funeral arrangements for a loved one. In today’s society, we have been programmed to do everything faster and faster as the years progress. But taking your time when faced with the task of making funeral arrangements for someone you care about creates a memorial that will honor your loved one and be a healing experience for all those who attend.

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2018

Two American Icons Memorialized with Deeply Personal Tributes

Over the Labor Day weekend, two extraordinary Americans were laid to rest with outsized memorials to match their larger-than-life personalities, talents and accomplishments – Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul; and Senator John McCain, the maverick congressman from Arizona. The country will seem lesser for their loss.

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2018

Featured FAQ: Why do we have pallbearers?

A long-standing tradition, pallbearers are ceremonial escorts in charge of carrying the casket from the funeral service to the burial. It is an honor to be chosen as a pallbearer and a way of paying deep respect to the deceased by carrying the remains to the final resting place. Having pallbearers is an opportunity for families to bestow a distinctive honor on those who were special to their loved one and offers a means for those close to the deceased to take part in the services.

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2018

How to Help Kids Who Are Grieving

Losing a loved one can be painful for anyone, but it is especially difficult for children and teens. While it may be tough to figure out the best ways to comfort an adult who has lost a loved one, it is even more challenging to help a child through grief, because children process grief differently at different stages of development. Your willingness to listen to their concerns; answer their questions as truthfully as you can; and be present with their thoughts and feelings, creates a foundation of safety, trust, and support.

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2018

Selecting a Headstone or Grave Marker

Memorialization is a very important part of the human experience. We name streets, buildings and even towns after people so that we can remain connected to them. When someone we love dies, most people look for some way to permanently acknowledge that person’s life and it is often through a stone monument or marker. A headstone provides a place for friends and family to visit, remember, and reflect for years to come. The design can echo the deceased’s personality, beliefs, and tastes, and serve as a lasting tribute to a loved one’s life.

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2018

Memorial Gifts for Someone Who Has Lost a Loved One

When someone you know has lost a loved one, you naturally want to help ease the burden of their grief and find a way to keep a loved one’s memory alive. While heartfelt cards and letters are a time-honored way to express condolences and let someone know that you care, you may want to find an additional way to bring comfort and uplift the spirit of someone in grief. Memorial gifts provide a tangible expression of your sympathy and love.

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