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The Meaning Behind Funeral Flower Arrangements

March 09, 2018 by Sarah Loghry

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 offending a grieving family.

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4 of our Favorite Funeral Service Stories from This Year

December 28, 2017 by Sarah Loghry

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 we interview for our cover story has a unique approach to caring for their community members, but they always astound us with their dedication to caring for those who need help the most.

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Why is it Important to Say Goodbye?

August 17, 2017 by Joan Schoborg
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 by Sarah Loghry
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 of military and police funerals. The distinctive stars and stripes are a symbol of patriotism, bravery and history. Such a powerful symbol comes with its own unique traditions and funeral etiquette.

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What Families Need to Know About Planning a Funeral in Advance

April 13, 2017 by Sarah Loghry
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 preneed at your funeral home to better serve your client families, those same families may not always understand some of the topics you’re planning to discuss. Here are a few ways that you can explain some common misconceptions about planning a funeral in advance.

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Tips for Families Who Make Advance Funeral Plans

January 19, 2017 by Alyssa McNab
Preneed Funeral Planning, Featured

Every year, thousands of individuals plan and fund funerals in advance with the help of trusted funeral service providers. Their reasons for doing so vary, but include eliminating emotional and financial burdens from loved ones and the desire to make thoughtful, informed decisions about how they want to be remembered.

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4 Great Stories from Funeral Service this Year

December 22, 2016 by Danielle Burmeister

At Homesteaders, we are blessed to work with exceptional funeral professionals – business owners, preneed counselors and partners who are committed to offering value and compassionate service to their client families.

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How to Start a Conversation with Loved Ones About Funeral Planning

September 13, 2016 by Alyssa McNab
Preneed Funeral Planning, Featured

“I’ve tried to ask my parents about funeral planning, but we all got uncomfortable and quickly changed the subject.”

“I know my family members won’t all agree on funeral planning decisions, so we’ve been avoiding that conversation.”

“When I asked her about her wishes, she said, ‘I just want to be cremated.’ We never continued the discussion after that.”

Do any of the scenarios above sound familiar? Talking to your parent or another loved one about funeral planning might be one of the hardest conversations you’ll ever have. Many people are inclined to simply avoid discussing their own wishes altogether: Less than half of the respondents to a 2015 FAMIC study (age 40 and older) reported they’ve had a conversation about how they would like to be remembered.

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Video Blog: Have the Talk of a Lifetime with Your Family

June 07, 2016 by Homesteaders Life Company

As part of Homesteaders' commitment to funeral service, we're partnering with other funeral professionals to share stories on social media, highlighting the value of talking with loved ones about how you want to be remembered. We thought this was the perfect opportunity to present our very first video blog, featuring reflections from Kate and Jim Carson on what having the talk of a lifetime has meant for their family.

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Funeral Planning Checklist: Considerations for Families

March 03, 2016 by Alyssa McNab
Preneed Funeral Planning, Featured

Many families can be caught off-guard by the number of tasks that must be completed within a day or two of a loved one’s death. Even those who have planned a funeral before may find themselves overwhelmed by the decisions that need to be made and details that must be coordinated.

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