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2018

Featured FAQ: What do I Need to Know About Traveling with Cremated Remains?

The loss of a loved one is an emotional time and traveling with the cremated remains – whether to scatter the remains or to bring a loved one back home – can add further stress during a taxing period. Knowing what to expect and planning to meet the necessary requirements for transportation of cremated remains can make the experience a little bit easier.

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2018

Arlington Ladies Make Sure No Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine or Coast Guardsman Is Buried Alone

Funerals at Arlington National Cemetery are full of ceremony, honor and military precision. The Arlington Ladies provide a personal touch to those who mourn and a comforting presence when family members are unable to attend their loved one’s funeral. As Memorial Day approaches, we’d like to thank the Arlington Ladies for their generous service in honoring the fallen.

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2018

Plant.Grow.Share.: FREE Gardening Workshops and Seedlings for Garden Enthusiasts

Plant.Grow.Share., formerly known as Harvest Helpers, encourages backyard gardeners to grow more food locally with the hope that they will share their bounty with others in need. Local residents can pick up free seedlings and attend free workshops to learn how to grow food at home – all materials provided. This season, we’ve added new composting workshops for anyone interested getting more out of their gardens.

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2018

Featured FAQ: Does Social Security Provide Death Benefits?

The death of a loved one can put a strain on family finances. Social Security provides two types of death benefits for eligible surviving family members, including a lump sum payment and monthly benefits. Your funeral director can help you by notifying the Social Security office of your loved one’s death and guide you through the application process. 

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2018

Not Too Young or Too Old to Benefit from a Senior Center

While the main membership of most senior centers is sixty and over, today’s senior centers offer programs for all ages. From intergenerational programing to dementia awareness and other educational initiatives, kids to centenarians can enjoy what their local senior center has to offer.

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2018

What’s All This About Bucket Lists?

Is there something you’ve always wanted to try but never had time or someplace you’ve always wanted to travel but couldn’t afford? Those are perfect items for your personal “bucket list.” But what is a bucket list anyway? A bucket list is an inventory of all the things you want to achieve, try, or experience before you die.

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2018

Who Can Authorize a Cremation?

Final disposition of a body is an important and personal decision, and cremation continues to grow in popularity. Before a cremation can take place, a cremation authorization form must be signed. But who can sign a cremation authorization? The answer depends on what state you live in, but typically it would be the next of kin starting with yourself prior to death or the legal next of kin after death.

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2018

Tombstone Tourism: Why People Visit Famous Cemeteries

Whether it’s a desire to visit the gravesites of famous people; to admire the beauty and stroll among the gardens; or to do genealogical or historical research; visiting well-known cemeteries has become a popular item on many travel itineraries, especially in the age of the internet where searching out cemeteries and their records can be done with the click of a button.

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2018

Featured FAQ: How Do I Start the Conversation About Advance Funeral Planning with My Elderly Relatives?

Discussing end-of-life plans with your elderly parents or relatives can be difficult, especially if you don’t even know how to broach the subject. But helping your elderly relatives pre-plan their funerals now can avoid financial stress later and relieve concerns about what your loved ones would have wanted when the time comes. But how does one start the conversation?

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2018

FAQ: What are the Traditions and Etiquette of a Funeral Procession?

A funeral procession is used to accompany the body or the cremated remains of a deceased person from the funeral service to the cemetery. A funeral procession allows for the family and friends to come together as one in their grief and mourning. Often the procession will pass important places in the life of their loved one, and together, the family and friends can remember and celebrate.

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