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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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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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