What to Wear to a Funeral, Visitation or Celebration of Life Service

September 20, 2018 Featured

A few weekends ago, I went to a birthday party for one of my close friend’s daughters. She was turning one year old, so a large group of my longtime friends came into town to help celebrate. As per usual, there was...

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7 Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day without Dad

June 14, 2018 Grief, Featured

The first time I experienced the death of a loved one was only a few years ago when my grandfather passed away. It wasn’t sudden by any means, so my family had a little time to come to terms with the idea. I’m a...

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Your Mom Was Right: The Benefits of Handwritten Notes

May 03, 2018 Featured, Funeral Directors, Funeral Home Workplace, Finding Resilience

Note: This post is presented as part of Finding Resilience, a burnout prevention program for funeral professionals. To learn more about this program and sign up for free resources, click here.

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Youth and Funerals: A New Resource for Families

April 26, 2018 Grief, Featured, Funeral Home Customer Service, Funeral Etiquette

A dear friend of mine recently lost her grandmother. The night she died, the family gathered together to prepare for the next morning’s meeting with their funeral service provider. As they sat around the kitchen...

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The Most Important Reasons Why People Decide to Prearrange

March 15, 2018 Featured

Every two years, Homesteaders surveys our policy owners to learn more about their preferences, motivations, behaviors and attitudes toward prearranging. The data we have received since our first survey in 2008 has...

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The Meaning Behind Funeral Flower Arrangements

March 09, 2018 Featured

Choosing the right flowers to represent a lost loved one can be trickier than it seems. Each flower can have different cultural or religious meanings and sending the wrong type of flower to a funeral could lead to...

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4 of our Favorite Funeral Service Stories from This Year

December 28, 2017 Featured

Each year, we have the honor of working alongside funeral professionals from across the country. We get to share some of your success stories in our newsletter for our funeral home customers. Each funeral home that...

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Why is it Important to Say Goodbye?

August 17, 2017 Grief, Featured

In my lifetime, I have experienced the deaths of two people very close to me. First was my father and second was my daughter.

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A Guide to American Flag Etiquette and Traditions

June 08, 2017 Featured, Funeral Etiquette

The United States holds the service of those who protect our country in very high regard. One of the most symbolic ways we show our appreciation is by incorporating the American flag into the traditions and rituals...

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What Families Need to Know About Planning a Funeral in Advance

April 13, 2017 Grief, Featured, Funeral Home Customer Service

People often feel nervous and hesitant when others bring up death and dying, which can sometimes lead to misunderstandings about death care. While it is important to offer pre-need at your funeral home to better...

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