Know Your Rights: The Funeral Rule

Most funeral providers truly want to help their clients through the difficult process of handling their loved one’s death and making final arrangements. They do their best keep their interests in mind and to effectively serve their clients’ needs.  However, this also means funeral providers must follow laws that prohibit funeral professionals from taking advantage of their clients by inflating...

Most Innovative Cremation Options in 2016

As cremation gains popularity especially among today’s baby boomers, people are coming up with innovative ideas for what to do with their loved ones' cremated remains. While using traditional urns is still a common option, there are now more inventive cremation options that are gaining traction in 2016. Memorial Tattoos One of the up and coming trends in memorializing a...

5 Creative Ways To Commemorate Your Loved Ones

Commemorating a departed loved one is a therapeutic activity that helps you deal with your loss. According to Denise Badaruddin, a clinical psychologist in Pasadena, California, one outlet of grief may be establishing a way to remember the deceased. Whether you’ve lost someone years ago or just recently, honoring his or her memory may give you the opportunity to heal...

What Is a Death Doula?

Just as there are birth doulas to help welcome new lives into this world, there are also death doulas to help individuals prepare for death. Also called “end-of-life doulas”, “death midwives” or “end-of-life guides”, these specialists provide practical, emotional, spiritual and if qualified, medical support to loved ones who are dying and their families. They typically work through in-home care...

How To Fund Funeral Through Crowdsourcing

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Saying goodbye to a loved one often comes with a high price tag. Between a funeral home, cemetery, cremations and church expenses, one can easily spend $7,000 or more. For those who need help covering the funeral expenses, more and more people are turning to crowdsourcing sites to raise money. Crowdfunding sites allow people to seek donations online for different...

4 People to Talk to When Planning a Cremation

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With the cremation rate steadily increasing over the last 50 years, it’s only natural that more people are looking into this end-of-life decision instead of the traditional full-body burial. Besides being cost-effective, it is also ecologically sensitive and gives you more choices on where you are going to “rest in peace.” No matter if you're planning ahead or need to...