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10 Best Books of 2016 about Funerals, Death, & Grief

Books for funeral industry professionals

In no particular order, here are our picks for the 10 best books of 2016 about funerals, death, and grief. Continue reading 10 Best Books of 2016 about Funerals, Death, & Grief

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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. Continue reading Saying Goodbye: Scattering the Ashes of a Loved One

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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 from blog posts, comments, and gift lists curated by those who know. Continue reading 15 Compassionate Gifts for Grieving Moms

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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)

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Missing You: 22 Honest Quotes about Grief

Missing You

Grieving over and missing someone you love is a big deal. It’s not always easy to give voice to the thoughts and emotions inside you. These swell up to tears and down to numbness, then repeat, and it seems like no one else understands or can fathom. These 22 honest quotes about grief are provided here to help you find the right words to express just how much you miss your loved one. Feel free to share, pin, or save as your background or screen saver. Continue reading Missing You: 22 Honest Quotes about Grief

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The Complete Guide to Sympathy Meals after a Funeral

Sympathy Meal Tips and Recipes

Sympathy meals are a wonderful way of showing support, love, and solidarity with a bereaved family. Sharing food – especially a homemade meal – or showing care by sending a meaningful gift will often be remembered long after the flowers have faded and the words of a eulogy forgotten. Continue reading The Complete Guide to Sympathy Meals after a Funeral