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Frugal Funeral Planning: 50 Tips for a Funeral on a Budget

Frugal Funeral Planning on a Budget

In this article we distill frugal funeral planning into a boatload of simple, practical tips to help you plan a funeral on a budget. Whether you’re planning ahead for final arrangements or finding yourself in sudden need of some advice, you’ll find many economical and creative ideas below.

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The 10 Best Willow Tree Sympathy Gifts

Willow Trees

Willow Tree figurines are incredibly popular carved wooden figures designed by artist Susan Lordi. Each original design is hand-carved by the artist in a simple yet captivating style that has become a modern classic. The Willow Tree figures are highly collectible and are often given to newlyweds, new parents, as Christmas gifts, and as bereavement or sympathy gifts.

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Saying Goodbye: Scattering the Ashes of a Loved One

Scattering Ashes and Grief

Scattering Ashes & Saying Goodbye

There is nothing more painful in this life than the loss of a loved one. Grief never truly ends. It changes. It tempers with time. But the one who has gone on can never be replaced, and that knowledge cuts like a knife, whether you said goodbye to your loved one yesterday or thirty years ago.

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How to get a memorial tattoo & matching cremation urn

Memorial tattoo and matching cremation urn

You’re considering a memorial tattoo; something unique that represents a departed loved one in a special way. While you’re perfecting the design, consider this: You can use your memorial tattoo design on a memorial cremation urn. Continue reading How to get a memorial tattoo & matching cremation urn

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15 Compassionate Gifts for Grieving Moms

Memorial gifts for after a miscarriage

Tips about gift ideas for mothers who have lost a child are best coming from moms who have experience in this area of grief.

Below, we’ve compiled a list of 15 compassionate gifts for grieving moms that have been suggested on blog posts, comments, and gift lists curated by those who know. Links to resources are included at the end of the post.

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How to Keep the Peace with Keepsake Urns

Stress & Major Life Events

In a national survey on stress conducted by Hobson, Kamen, Szostek, Nethercut, Tidemann and Wojnarowicz (1), Americans reported that the top two most stressful life events were not major injuries or illness to self (that was #3), jail time (#4), forclosure (#5), divorce (#6), or losing a job (#13). Continue reading How to Keep the Peace with Keepsake Urns

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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)