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Qualities of Exceptional Funeral Directors

Qualities of Exceptional Funeral Directors

By Matthew C. Smith A funeral service can be one of the most emotionally-trying experiences someone undergoes during their lifetime. Having a funeral director beside you every step of the way can help ease the stress and challenges that come with saying goodbye to a family member or friend. Having an exceptional licensed funeral director […]

Funeral Etiquette: The Right Ways to Provide Comfort

Funeral Etiquette: The Right Ways to Provide Comfort

Funeral Etiquette: The Right Ways to Provide Comfort Most of us know about proper etiquette for celebrations such as weddings, birthdays and holiday dinners. Not as well-known are rules of etiquette for funerals, celebrations intended to comfort those grieving the loss of a loved one. Well-meaning friends and family members who don’t know the right […]

Pre-Planning A Funeral: Why Some Consider It A ‘Gift’

Pre-Planning A Funeral: Why Some Consider It A ‘Gift’

Death and dying are not topics that most people can discuss easily. It means we have to face the inevitable: that someone we love will one day pass on. Or even, that we ourselves are going to die. As a licensed funeral director, I have seen people in their darkest hours. The grief they are […]

Therapy Dogs Boost Spirits of Those Who Mourn

Therapy Dogs Boost Spirits of Those Who Mourn

Therapy Dogs Boost Spirits of Those Who Mourn There’s something about a friendly dog that can lift your spirits. Whether it’s their gentleness, their playfulness or just petting their fur, dogs make for anyone’s best friend. They bring lots of love and a companionship that provides consolation. And for those who are grieving the loss […]

Do Celebrities Pre-Plan Their Funerals?

Do Celebrities Pre-Plan Their Funerals?

Do Celebrities Pre-Plan Their Funerals? Whether they’re hitting the Red Carpet or perfecting a book or a song, celebrities, such as athletes, actors, writers and singers, plan their careers with great focus and direction. They put much thought into when they should make appearances at award shows and whether or not they should agree to […]

Traditions of Presidential Funerals

Traditions of Presidential Funerals

Traditions of Presidential Funerals Patriotism & Presidential. Two words that in the funeral industry are momentous. Have you ever thought about what goes into planning a president funeral? From Lincoln to Roosevelt and JFK to Reagan, the traditions run deep, but some aspects have also changed over the years. Abe Lincoln’s Funeral – April, 1865 […]

Mother’s Day Grief – A Unique Sadness

Mother’s Day Grief – A Unique Sadness

Mother’s Day Grief – A Unique Sadness The celebration of Mother’s Day may be one of the toughest days to handle for anyone who has lost their mother – or a child. Whether you lost your mom recently or years ago, or you have experienced the death of a child, Mother’s Day can bring out a […]

Memory Gardens: An Ongoing Tribute to Loved Ones

Memory Gardens: An Ongoing Tribute to Loved Ones

Memory Gardens: An Ongoing Tribute to Loved Ones Remembering and honoring the passing of a loved one can take on many paths – some people create a photo collage of the person’s life, while others may write in journals, or create poems or even songs. But for those who are more outdoorsy, like to garden, […]

Make A New Memory This Valentine’s Day

Make A New Memory This Valentine’s Day

Make A New Memory This Valentine’s Day “Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow…”- Leo Tolstoy   Missing a loved one can be an emotional roller coaster. Some days are easier to manage, while others – like Valentine’s Day – can be tough. You see red and pink at […]

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