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…
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:
At Stillinger Family Funeral Home in Greenfield, Indiana, it’s no accident that the word “family” is part of our brand. And even though David Stillinger and the Stillinger family owns and operates the Hancock County funeral home, we believe the word “family” is significant in two other ways:
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:
“What is a life celebration?” It’s a question we hear often these days. Many people wonder if it is the same thing as a funeral or something different entirely. So, let’s take a quick look at the two – including their similarities and differences – as we answer the question, “What is a life celebration?”
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”: