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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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2018

Lessons in Grief from the Animal Kingdom

Many animals are social creatures and like humans they create close bonds with others. We can’t know for sure what an animal thinks and feels, but many animals appear to experience grief when they lose a loved one. Some animals mourn their loss; pay their respects to the dead; hold a wake; and even cover the dead in a type of burial.

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2017

Saying Goodbye: Celebrity Deaths in 2017

The world has mourned the loss of many of its talented stars this past year. We remember celebrities from the world of music, entertainment and television who have passed away in 2017 and take a look at the legacies that they left behind.

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2017

5 Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

Sure, the holidays are joyful, but the stresses of the holiday season can be overwhelming at times. Between shopping for presents; decorating the house; cooking and baking; and all the holiday parties, we can forget what the holidays are really about – being with our loved ones!

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2017

Senior Centers Help Older Adults Stay Active, Healthy and Connected

Senior centers aren’t just for playing cards and bingo anymore. Today’s senior centers are hubs of activity offering fitness classes, tasty meals, fun trips, health information and more. Studies have shown that senior center participants have higher levels of health, social interaction, and life satisfaction compared with their peers.

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2017

Documentary Provides Insightful Look into the Art of Writing Obituaries

Obits used to be dry, dull reports but not anymore. Today’s obituaries strive to educate and entertain readers. The job of an obituary writer is a quest to discover as much as possible about the life of the person he or she is covering – all in one day’s work. The documentary, Obit. Life on Deadline, directed by Vanessa Gould, takes viewers through a typical day in the life of the team of obituary writers at the New York Times.

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2017

Why We Are Funeral Directors

Funeral service is first and foremost about relationships. At Keohane Funeral Home, our funeral directors have a passion for serving families in an exceptional manner. We do this by listening without judgment, being authentic, and knowing when to smile. As a family owned funeral home, we pride ourselves on simply treating each and every family as if it were our own.

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