How to Care for a Gravesite

Caring for a loved one’s gravesite is a way to respect and honor the deceased, as well as a way to reflect on the times you had together. Many people visit the grave of their family members and friends to talk to them and reminisce.  Why not make the most of your time there and clean up the gravesite? We’ve put together a few tips on how to maintain a burial site. Continue reading

Ensure the safety of important personal documents before your death

Throughout your life, you’ve probably saved dozens of boxes that contained important information.  Whether financial statements for tax purposes or other personal records, you surely thought, one day, they’ll be useful.

It’s better to be safe, rather than sorry, in terms of keeping paperwork.  However, problems can arise when you need immediate access to a specific document in the event of an emergency. Continue reading

Honoring Your Deceased Dad’s Memory on Father’s Day

For most, Father’s Day is viewed as a time when children of all ages are able to celebrate the paternal bond they have with the man who helped raise them.

It’s a way to thank your dad for always attending every Little League game or dance recital and to let him know that he’s had a lasting influence on the person you’ve become.

However, if your father has recently died, the third Sunday in June can be especially tough from an emotional standpoint. While others may be taking their dads to the ballgame or showering him with love, affection and gift cards, you’re left with only memories. Continue reading

Top Five Funeral Planning Mistakes

It seems as if almost every major event in our lives that celebrates an achievement is planned to a T. From weddings and bridal showers to graduation, retirement and/or birthday parties, we like to preciously plan those gatherings and engagements that are meant to honor an individual to ensure that the hiccups are kept to a minimum.

The one thing many people don’t organize in advance, however, is their own funeral. Sure, getting things in order now for a day that, hopefully, won’t occur until years down the road can be a morbid thought. Continue reading

Surviving the First Mother’s Day Without Your Mom

Anna Jarvis established the first Mother’s Day in 1908 to honor the life of her deceased mother and campaigned for it to be nationally recognized six years later.  This holiday, which occurs on the second Sunday of every May, is viewed as a time when children are able to openly celebrate the woman who gave them life.

Sure, it’s become a lot more commercialized since then, with florists, greeting card companies and bakeries all jumping on board to make a profit. Yet, the idea has generally remained the same.

For those who have recently experienced the death of their mother, the day can be difficult, especially if it’s been less than a year since her death. Continue reading

What to Expect From Hospice Homecare

It’s not easy when a loved one is battling a terminal illness.

While an imminent death may seem overwhelming at times, hospice – which is a care service that focuses on end of a life care rather than disease curing – is available to help.

Knowing exactly what to expect from hospice care can bring peace of mind to you and your family.

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