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At Stillinger Family Funeral Home in Greenfield, Indiana, serving Hancock County and beyond, we help your family pay tribute to loved ones who will continue to live in your heart. For generations, we’ve provided funeral services tailored to your individual preferences, and our goal is to make you feel comforted and cared for by compassionate friends during your time of need.
Our goal with this blog is to keep you informed about the funeral industry, our services and about our team of compassionate service providers. But most of all, this blog will be about you. We want to help you make informed choices about how you can honor the memory and legacy of your loved one. Because this blog is about you and your wishes, we hope you will let us know the topics that are important to you.
Choosing a funeral home is one of the most important decisions you and your family will make. After all, your funeral services provider will not only attend to your presentation, burial or cremation needs, but will also be called upon to provide compassionate care for your friends and family as they gather in tribute. So, with such a crucial decision at stake, what questions should you ask when choosing a funeral home?
Headstone materials and intricacies of grave marker design have changed over the years as the ability to quarry and carve the stones have advanced. Today, we think of headstones (also sometimes called gravestones or tombstones) as being made of granite. Indeed, granite is a popular choice well-proven as a canvas for carving. But along with granite, let’s look at other stones that are, or have been, used as headstone materials:
Survivor guilt (sometimes referred to as “survivor’s guilt”, “survivor syndrome” or “survivor’s syndrome”) can take many forms. It can affect survivors of catastrophic events that took many lives; or it can affect individuals mourning an individual loss. It can be associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; or it can be experienced without PTSD being present. It can be debilitating, too, but doesn’t have to be. Let’s examine survivor guilt and explore ways to cope:
Leading causes of death may differ from state to state, region to region, and country to country. They may also change over longer spans of time. But it is interesting to note that the leading causes of death in Indiana tend to closely mirror that of the leading causes of death in the United States overall. Let’s take a closer look at the top 10 causes of death here and throughout America:
If you search online for “books about death and dying” you very quickly realize how many times and ways this subject has been explored and from a seemingly endless number of perspectives. And when you scan the overall landscape of books about death and dying, you reach an inescapable conclusion: these are really books about life and living. Let’s consider some of these books:
Not surprisingly, life expectancy in the United States, as in other parts of the world, has changed substantially over the years. Historically, life expectancy has risen – sometimes rather rapidly from one decade to the next – but in recent years, it has declined in the U.S. According to experts, this is largely due to the rapid increase in deaths due to illegal drug use. As we consider where we are, individually, in the life expectancy spectrum, it is interesting to see what life expectancy in the United States is now compared to what it was over decades past. Let’s take a look:
At Stillinger Family Funeral Home in Greenfield, Indiana, we do more than provide funeral services and funeral-related plans and products. We are really in the business of providing compassionate care for grieving families. And we deliver these compassionate care services with the highest degree of professionalism. That’s what we do. Here’s why it matters to us, and why it should matter to you:
Do you know what to do when someone dies at home? Most people don’t. And because the first moments of dealing with death – even if the deceased was quite old or terminally ill – is a traumatic experience for those in the home, doing the right things can seem challenging. Here are some general guidelines to help you know what to do when someone dies at home:
At Stillinger Family Funeral Home in Greenfield, Indiana, we get questions all the time about old funeral customs like this one: What’s the meaning of placing coins on the eyes of the dead? Like many customs and traditions, this one goes way back – in this case to the times of Greek mythology. Placing coins on the eyes of the dead was intended to “pay the ferryman”. Let’s take a closer look at this old funeral custom:
It may seem surprising, but there are, indeed, different types of death, according to biological, clinical, and legal perspectives. And while death is inevitable for all living creatures, the final moments for human beings take many forms and can be defined and described in various ways. So, let’s look at some of the different types of death:
Although the terms are still sometimes used interchangeably in general society, there is, indeed, a difference between a casket and a coffin. Let’s take a closer look at each of these burial vessels, considering how they differ and how they are alike:
When considering the true value in funeral services that a Funeral Director and the supporting funeral home staff provides, it is common to think of individual service items – like preparing the body for viewing, coordinating the memorial service, etc. But at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, we believe the true value in funeral services we provide goes deeper and explains why so many families come back to us again and again during their times of loss.
Easing the burden of funeral planning is one of our most important services here at Stillinger Family Funeral Home in Greenfield, Indiana. We know that the loss of a beloved spouse or partner, family member, or friend is traumatic, whether the passing resulted from a long and difficult illness, or resulted from an untimely cause, such as a tragic accident. In any event, to honor your loved one, details must be decided and arranged, and we stand ready to make this difficult time easier for you.