Surprises When Dealing With Death For The First Time As An Adult

It's very common for children to have to deal with death, but when someone you know dies when you're an adult, the situation becomes very different. Now you may have to handle funeral arrangements for the person, and there are some issues that you should know about before you start working with the funeral home. Preliminary Death Certificates One of the nice things about funeral homes today is that the morticians are often so well acquainted with local hospitals that the transfer of information regarding the body and death is fairly seamless. Read More 

Reasons To Build A Website Honoring The Life Of Your Loved One Before The Funeral

As you plan the funeral for a loved one who has recently passed away, no detail is too small to overlook. When it comes to telling the story of your loved one's life, as well as educating people about the funeral service and burial, one idea to pursue is to build a website dedicated to these jobs. While it's true that your funeral home will post the obituary and perhaps even a photo gallery, some people still favor the approach of designing and putting up their own website as a tribute — even if it's in a simple blog format. Read More 

Tips For Releasing A Loved One’s Cremated Remains In A Helium Balloon

One of the good things about a family member choosing to be cremated upon his or her death is that there's a seemingly endless list of ways that you can deal with the cremated remains. While many families favor a simple scattering ceremony at a place of significance, you may wish to evaluate the options that are a little more unorthodox. At some scattering ceremonies, the family will release helium balloons into the air — you can take this idea a step further and hire a company to put some of your loved one's remains in a large helium balloon that you can release — resulting in one of the more unique cremation scattering ceremonies around. Read More 

Steps To Take When A Loved One Dies During Travel

The last phone call that you ever want to receive when a loved one is away from home on a trip is that he or she has passed away. Whether the person was in an accident or died of natural causes in a hotel room, you'll be in for a severe shock when you're notified by the authorities. Decision making in a period of stress is a challenging enough, but when you're also deeply surprised by this news, you may feel frozen as to how to proceed. Read More 

3 Ways To Store Cremains Beyond Keeping Them On The Mantel

As the years go by, more and more people are opting for cremation over a traditional burial. In fact, about 40 percent of Americans choose cremation now, but in 1958, only about 20 percent chose to be cremated. While cremation does have its obvious advantages, from saving money to being more environmentally friendly, this choice does leave you to decide what to do with your cremains once the memorial service is over. Read More