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How to Livestream a Funeral or Memorial Service

Livestream a Memorial Service

When relatives are spread all over the country, it may not work out for everyone to be present at the funeral. The next-best thing, for those who can’t be there physically, is to be there through the magic of the internet.

Here’s how to livestream a funeral or memorial service so that all your loved ones can take part.

How to Livestream a Funeral or Memorial Service

1. CHOOSE YOUR GEAR

You can choose from a variety of video and sound capturing and recording devices, ranging from a simple cell phone up to professional quality videography gear. Continue reading How to Livestream a Funeral or Memorial Service

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The Poetry of Calvin Coolidge’s Funeral

The Poetry of Calvin Coolidge's Funeral

Poetry played a large role in Calvin Coolidge’s funeral. The former president was remembered and honored in a short ceremony that lasted a brief 22 minutes and featured all of two hymns, prayers, and reading of Scripture, which included more poetry in Psalms 46 and 121. Continue reading The Poetry of Calvin Coolidge’s Funeral

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5 Uniquely Poetic Ways to Scatter a Loved One’s Ashes

Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.

― Shannon L. Alder

Scattering the ashes of your loved one is deeply symbolic act. Not only are you letting go of your loved one and of your grief, but you are in some sense returning them to the earth and releasing their souls. Continue reading 5 Uniquely Poetic Ways to Scatter a Loved One’s Ashes

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What To Do When You Lose A Loved One

Processing Grief

You never thought it would happen, but it did. Someone you deeply loved has now passed away. Even though we are told, “dying is just a part of life”, it still does not remove the sting of saying goodbye to someone we have cherished and enjoyed our life with. When something like this happens, we all respond in unique ways. Some try to be tough, suppressing their pain the best they can in hopes to avoid the weight of the situation. Others take time to grieve, but end up dwelling on the pain for so long that healing is delayed and they are not able to enjoy a healthy life. Continue reading What To Do When You Lose A Loved One

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How To Safely Travel With Cremated Remains

If you are traveling a long distance by car or flying to retrieve the cremated remains of one parent or both, you will probably want to take the remains with you back home. Or perhaps you might want to honor a last wish and scatter them somewhere with sentimental value. Cremation is a popular practice that affords different options to honor a dead parent or keep them close. Whether you are honoring a final wish to scatter the ashes somewhere sentimental or take them back with you, you will want to keep the remains as safe as possible depending on the traveling methods. Continue reading How To Safely Travel With Cremated Remains

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What People Are Dying to Know About the Death Cafe

Death Cafe: What is it?

This is a guest post about the Death Cafe by Dorothy Banocy, who has participated in and hosted several Death Cafes.

Wouldn’t it be fun to have a night out with a bunch of your friends, maybe even some people you don’t know, have tea and cake and talk about death?

Wait!

What? Talk about death? Are you serious? Yes, I’m “dead” serious! Continue reading What People Are Dying to Know About the Death Cafe

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DIY Blooming Monogram Memorial Table Centerpiece

Blooming monogram idea for funeral or memorial

Here is an easy DIY project to create a colorful and uniquely personalized memorial table centerpiece. Ideal for your loved one’s funeral or memorial service, you can make this DIY blooming monogram memorial table centerpiece in a variety of styles: single initial, 3-letter monogram, or full name. This one can be put together fairly quickly, so it’s simple to customize to your tastes and timeframe. Continue reading DIY Blooming Monogram Memorial Table Centerpiece

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Funeral Hacks: Crowdsource Your Memorial Scrapbook

Crowdsource Scrapbook

Funeral hacks include anything that helps make the final arrangements easier or more affordable. We share them with you in hopes that you can benefit by gleaning ideas and inspiration for the funeral or memorial service.

Continue reading Funeral Hacks: Crowdsource Your Memorial Scrapbook

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Funeral Poem for a Friend: When to the Sessions (Sonnet 30)

When to the sessions of sweet silent thought

The death of a dear friend or loved one is not only a time for grief and mourning; it is also a time for remembrance. It is a time, as William Shakespeare put it in Sonnet 30, for “sessions of sweet silent thought” in which we “summon up remembrance of things past.” The joys of companionship, shared experience, and fond memories are perfectly captured and contrasted with sadness and grief in Shakespeare’s beautiful sonnet on the passing of a treasured friend. Continue reading Funeral Poem for a Friend: When to the Sessions (Sonnet 30)

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10 Interesting Funeral Infographics

Infographics for Funerals, Death, and Cremation

In a visual world, a unique illustrated display of facts and figures can go a long way towards explaining a difficult or in-depth topic. Here are ten interesting funeral infographics that we have found to be helpful. Below you’ll find many new fascinating facts, tips, and stats relating to topics such as how to plan a funeral, cremation trends, famous funerals, handy life insurance information, and the rising costs of dying. Continue reading 10 Interesting Funeral Infographics