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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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2018

Five Fun Things to Do with Grandchildren in the Summer

It’s summertime! The days are long; the nights are warm; and the grandkids are out of school. Take advantage of this special time of year to create summer memories with your grandchildren that will last for the rest of their lives.

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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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