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Should I Go to the Funeral? I Just Really, Really Don’t Want To

Should I Attend the Funeral?

“Should I go to the funeral? I really… just… don’t want to. What should I do?”

Don’t worry – you are not the first person to ever ask this question. We’d all like for the answer to be super straightforward: a definite, certain, no-doubt-about-it here’s what to do.

But the truth is that there are many reasons why you may not want to go.

So the answer to whether or not you should attend a particular funeral, especially if you don’t want to, can be complicated.

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How to Choose a Funeral Home

How to find a good funeral home

You need to find a good funeral home. If you’ve just experienced the loss of a loved one, you probably need to find a funeral home right now.

Even if you’re taking your time and planning weeks, months, or even years ahead, it’s still a good idea to figure out how to choose a funeral home.

A good funeral home needs to have:

  • Friendly staff
  • Attractive facilities
  • A good location
  • Services that are priced right and a good fit for your family’s needs

And of course you want to make sure that it’s not some shady outfit that will rip you off.

So how do you find the best funeral home? Let’s talk about questions you should ask and warning flags you should avoid.

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What Is a Celebration of Life? Etiquette, What to Expect, & More

Attending a Celebration of Life

What is a celebration of life service? Is this different from a funeral? What should you expect if you’ve been invited to or plan on going to one? What should you wear, and is there any other etiquette that you need to be aware of?

Today, we’re going to be answering these questions for you. We’ll talk all about life celebrations and what to expect. With this information in mind, you’ll be better prepared before you attend one.

Let’s explore together.

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21 Traditional Funeral Songs to Honor Your Loved One

Funeral Music - Traditional Songs

Today we’re going to be sharing with you our top 21 picks for traditional funeral songs. We’ve got timeless hymns like “How Great Thou Art,” as well as more modern classics, like Vince Gill’s “Go Rest High On That Mountain.” And everything in between.

So no matter what type of traditional funeral music you’re looking for, we’re sure you’ll discover the perfect tracks to honor your loved one and the life they lived.

Let’s take a listen.

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Funeral Scriptures: Best Bible Verses for Funerals

Best Funeral Scriptures

There are so many options for funeral Scriptures that it’s hard to choose the right one for your loved one’s funeral.

So we’ve done the winnowing for you. Below, we first feature the 5 best Bible verses for funerals and memorial services. These Scriptures are ideal for simply reading, for a funeral sermon, or as a quote in your eulogy.

After the top five, we have additional Bible verses that focus on proclaiming the Gospel. Next, we have comforting Scriptures to share with the grieving family, plus funeral readings specifically for mom, dad, grandparents, and more.

Lastly, we’ll close out with a big list of the many classic and truly meaningful funeral Scripture selections that have been traditionally read at funerals throughout history.

Let’s jump in.

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Cremation Ceremony: When, Where, & How to Hold Cremation Ceremonies

Cremation Ceremonies

You have many options when it comes to holding a cremation ceremony. Today, we’re going to go over the different types of cremation ceremonies and also discuss when, where and how they may occur.

You’ll learn what a cremation ceremony is, how to plan one for a loved one, whether you wish to do so at a funeral home, your own home, or somewhere else, and much more.

Ready? Let’s begin.

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12 Beautiful Funeral Guest Book Ideas

Funeral Guest Book Ideas

You are planning a funeral or memorial service for a loved one, and are in need of funeral guest book ideas that are both beautiful and memorable. In this article, we’re sharing some of our favorites with you.

We’ve compiled a list of 12 gorgeous funeral guest books (plus a few honorable mentions) for family and friends to leave their memories of your loved one in. Besides serving a practical use at the service, your guest book will also be an everlasting keepsake.

Let’s take a look.

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Etiquette for Missing a Funeral

Etiquette for Missing a Funeral

Someone you know has died (or has lost a loved one), but you can’t attend the funeral. Or maybe you’re debating whether or not you should go…

What’s the proper and respectful thing to do?

Today, we’re going to get into the details of how and why

  • Etiquette for missing a funeral
  • What to say when you can’t attend
  • Is it disrespectful to not go to a funeral?
  • Valid reasons for missing a funeral
  • What to do to “make up” for not going

Let’s get right to it.

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How to Plan a Celebration of Life Service

Plan a Celebration of Life Service

Let’s look at how to plan a celebration of life service.

Your loved one has just passed away, and your family is wanting to put together a celebration of life in their memory. Everything seems to be moving quite quickly now, and you have only so much time to get everything planned.

So how exactly do you go about planning for a life celebration? What are the important elements, what does a “service” look like, and how should it differ from a traditional funeral or memorial service?

We’ll cover all these and more to help you honor – and celebrate – your loved one.

Read on!

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