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History of Women in Funeral Service

  If there’s one service that all of us will someday need, it’s a funeral.  Until recently, the longtime image of a funeral director was a man in a dark suit. That image-stereotype does not paint an accurate picture of the important role women have had in the funeral service industry… Let’s take a look […]

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MAKING HEART-HEALTHY CHOICES

  February is Heart Health Month. What better time to consider the way we live and what we eat…and take steps to help ourselves to longer, healthier lives. While some of the things we can do to preserve heart health may seem obvious, it’s all too easy to ignore them…or not observe them as carefully […]

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Death away from home

We are never truly prepared for the death of a loved one. You may find that even when you are expecting death in the near future, you may not be prepared for the feelings of grief that can accompany it. When a death occurs away from home, it may feel even more traumatic. In addition […]

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The Holidays: Fun new traditions to start this year

With the holidays here, you may find yourself happily anticipating the fun holiday traditions you have enjoyed with your friends and family year after year: Aunt Dorothy’s pecan pie, family Christmas carols around the tree or the special toast your best friends make every New Year’s Eve. Sometimes, however, those same holiday traditions can be […]

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An Empty Seat at the Table: How to face the holidays after a loved one’s death

The holidays are a magical time. Getting together with family and friends, sharing home-cooked meals, and revisiting timeless traditions can make the season especially exhilarating for young and old alike. But the holidays can also be difficult if you have recently lost a loved one. Memories of special times you have shared together can be […]

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The Importance of Updating Your Will

Contemplating the end of one’s own life is never easy, and going through the process once is difficult enough. Unfortunately, important estate planning documents such as wills and trusts are the exact type of documents that must be kept up to date. Too often people spend a lot of time, energy, and money to establish […]

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Tips on Returning to Work After the Loss of a Loved One

When a loved one dies, it may seem as if time stops. Eventually, however, it is important to ease back into your old routines. Household chores can only be left for so long, kids need to go back to school, and adults must return to work. For some, this may be a welcome distraction from […]

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Appropriate Rules for Social Media Condolences

When someone dies — whether suddenly or after a prolonged illness, via natural or unnatural causes,  there is one universal truth — the ripples of people who are affected reach far and wide. A death is always painful, it carries an emotional weight that effects everyone differently. When we feel the distant ripples of a death in our community, […]

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How to Handle the Anniversary of a Death

Few people are mentally prepared to say goodbye to their loved one when the time comes. Often, death is sudden and unexpected. But even when you have had time to prepare yourself and come to terms with a death before it occurs, you will never feel particularly celebratory when the anniversary of the death draws […]

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A GUIDE TO AMERICAN FLAG ETIQUETTE AND TRADITIONS

Written by Sarah Loghry.  Courtesy of Homesteaders Life Company. Not only does each star stand for a state and each stripe stand for one of the 13 original colonies, but the colors are also symbolic. Red symbolizes hardiness and valor, white stands for purity and innocence and blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice. As Flag […]

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Ever Wondered What Goes in to a State Funeral?

State funerals are public funerals held in honor of those who have served our country. They only occur when the family of the deceased has agreed to the honor and are comfortable including the public in commemorating the accomplishments of their loved one. In the U.S., state funerals are also held for president elects, sitting […]

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Celebrating Mother’s Day Without Your Mom

It’s hard to think about someone who has more influence on our life than our mothers. Mother’s Day is a time to remember how much your mother means to you, but if she is no longer with you, the second Sunday in May tends to be difficult. Even if she has been gone for a […]

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How a Painting of a Funeral Shaped the History of Art

The 19th century gave way to some of the most important artistic movements in history and gifted us with some of the most recognizable names in art: Monet, Degas, Cezanne, and Van Gogh. A name that might be less familiar to you and others is Gustave Courbet. His famous painting titled, “A Burial at Ornans” […]

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Spring Cleaning: Make Donation your New Tradition

  It may not quite be time yet to open your windows and let that fresh air in, but it’s never too early to start thinking about that annual Spring cleaning. This year, why not give back to your community while you’re at it? Most everyone loves an opportunity to de-clutter and simplify their life […]

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How Keeping a ‘Gratitude Journal’ Makes for a Happier Life

Whether a loved one has died recently, or you are still healing from a loss that occurred years ago, you know sometimes it is hard to find happiness when dealing with grief. You’ve always been told to “count your blessings,” but that can seem impossible when you’re overcome with negative emotions. Although it may be […]

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The Most Awe-inspiring Memorial Sites to Visit in the U.S.

  It’s that time of the year when cabin fever can really start to get you down. Why not plan a trip and throw some of our country’s most historical sites into the mix? You might consider some of these beautiful and powerful memorial sites throughout our country when deciding where to travel next: Martin […]

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