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3 Takeaways from Chadwick Boseman’s Online Memorialization

September 03, 2020 by Sarah Loghry
Grief, Memorial Service, Featured, Aftercare

I found out about actor Chadwick Boseman’s death 48 minutes after his Twitter account acknowledged his passing. Like many of us, I found out online: My sister sent me the news through Facebook Messenger.

Boseman was best known for playing King T’Challa in Marvel’s Black Panther, the first Black solo superhero in Marvel comic book history. I still remember how I felt watching Black Panther in theaters. By the time it was over, I had decided it was one of the best Marvel movies ever made, and that’s coming from a die-hard Captain America fan. In addition to playing King T’Challa, Boseman portrayed real-life heroes Jackie Robinson, James Brown and Thurgood Marshall, becoming an icon and symbol for many in the Black community.

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5 Ideas for Funeral Planning & Memorialization During COVID-19

July 24, 2020 by Alyssa McNab
Memorial Service, Featured

As the world continues to adapt to the realities of the coronavirus pandemic, families are also dealing with how this affects their approach to the death of a loved one and the grief that accompanies loss. Funeral professionals and families have adjusted swiftly to find creative funeral ideas even when faced with the need for limited gatherings and practicing social distancing.

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Simple Memorial Service Ideas for the Holidays

October 31, 2019 by Sarah Loghry
Grief, Memorial Service

Each year, funeral professionals make connections with hundreds of people in their community and beyond. Many of the people you serve are approaching their first holiday season without their loved one. Grief during the holidays is challenging for many families, but your firm can help them navigate this difficult time. Funeral professionals are busy, but luckily, you don’t have to spend an entire year planning for a holiday memorial service. Take a look at these simple ideas you can use to connect with families this holiday season.

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Great Stories from Funeral Service this Year

December 27, 2018 by Sarah Loghry
Memorial Service, Funeral Directors

As the new year approaches, it’s the perfect time to look back at 2018 and the amazing stories we’ve encountered. I have had the incredible opportunity to interview funeral home owners from all over the country this year for Homesteaders’ BluePrint™ newsletter, and each one of them had a story that has stuck with me. Funeral professionals lead very important and busy lives, especially during the holidays when they often have to give up time with their own families to help community members through significant losses.

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Serving the “Nones” Through Celebration of Life Services

March 16, 2017 by Sarah Loghry
Memorial Service

Historically, a funeral has been a religiously driven event. Rather than mourning a loved one, deeply religious individuals often gather to celebrate and acknowledge that their loved one is in a better place. There are five major religions and tens of thousands of other religions on Earth, and each has a specific conception of the afterlife. However, a growing demographic in the United States is ready to upset these traditions.

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Creative Ways to Incorporate Photos into a Celebration of Life Service

December 01, 2016 by Homesteaders Life Company
Memorial Service

My grandmother (referred to as Nenny by all eight of her grandchildren) lived a long life, full of love and adventures. She was the wise, generous and sassy glue that held my family together. When she died a year and a half ago, it felt like the foundation of my family had collapsed under me.

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How to Make Every Family Member Feel Included in the Memorial Service

May 12, 2016 by Danielle Burmeister
Memorial Service

When my grandmother died, I delivered the eulogy on behalf of our extended family. My dad recommended that I speak at the memorial service – not because I was the one who knew her best (grandpa, obviously) or the one who spent the most time with her (uncle David, who always managed to show up when she was getting cookies out of the oven). I wasn’t even her favorite grandchild (without question – that one goes to Willow, who beat us all by virtue of being the most adorable one-year-old ever produced by a Jacobson).

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Striking a Memorial Service Balance: What the Person Wanted vs. What Families Want

August 25, 2015 by Danielle Burmeister
Memorial Service

The death of a loved one is a difficult, emotional experience, even under the best of circumstances. Planning a memorial service for a family member or close friend can add stress to the already complicated feelings of grief and sadness, often resulting in disagreements between those making final arrangements.

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The Memorial Service Features Families Really Want and Need

August 06, 2015 by Alyssa McNab
Memorial Service, Featured

The demand for increased personalization in memorial services provides excellent opportunities for funeral directors. In addition to expanding your service offerings to better meet the needs of client families, you can also implement creative solutions that help you grow your skillset.

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Memorial Service Ideas for Families who Choose Cremation

July 02, 2015 by Alyssa McNab
Cremation, Memorial Service, Featured

People who choose cremation do so for a variety of reasons – including the fact that others in their family have been cremated or the desire for an environmentally friendly option. But what doesn’t change when a family chooses cremation is their wish to plan a meaningful, memorable service.

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