Are Obituaries Still Important? Yes, and Here’s Why:

Are Obituaries Still Important? Yes, and Here’s Why:

In this world of instant (and constant) communication and social connections, news travels fast; so, naturally this begs the question: Are obituaries still important? After all, thanks to Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms, we very quickly learn when someone in our extended circle of friends has passed away. So, why does having a detailed obituary really matter? Actually, there are several reasons…

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Suicide Condolences: Finding the Right Words for Unspeakable Grief

Suicide Condolences: Finding the Right Words for Unspeakable Grief

Suicide condolences – words of sympathy shared with the grieving family of a suicide victim – are among the hardest we’ll ever have to speak or write. Finding the right words of empathy after any death can be difficult; but finding the right words after a suicide seems practically impossible when the grieving family may still be searching for answers. Let’s take a closer look:

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Choosing a Cemetery Plot

Choosing a Cemetery Plot

Choosing a cemetery plot might seem simple enough, but there can be many factors to consider. Simply put, a cemetery plot – for those who choose burial or internment of their cremated remains – is both a final resting place and a final piece of earthly real estate. So, it helps to approach choosing a cemetery plot as you would any time you buy a plot of land. Let’s look at some of the considerations:

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Explaining Funeral Terms: What is a Wake?

Explaining Funeral Terms: What is a Wake?

There are many terms associated with the funeral industry; and one question we hear often is, “What is a wake?” While in modern applications this can be virtually synonymous with “viewing” or “visitation” or “calling”, a wake is a social gathering of family and friends paying respects upon the passing of a loved one. Normally, with any of these gatherings, the mourners are in the presence of the body of the deceased.

Let’s take a closer look at the history and distinctions associated with the term “wake”:

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