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Should I join a Memorial Society?

A Memorial Society charges a membership fee for which you receive paperwork for organizing your pre-arrangement and a recommendation on a funeral firm who would provide services at an agreed upon price. There is no need to join a Society because we offer the same pre-arrangement information and alternatives to the traditional funeral and will […]

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Why not eliminate all the fuss, bother, and expense of flowers and funerals and donate the money to charity?

There certainly are many worthy charities. Experience shows that most people see value in both. For example, if the person died from cancer, a donation to the Cancer Society in memory of the individual is especially meaningful. At the same time, it is nice to send flowers to the family left. There is nothing like […]

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What purpose do these fancy caskets serve?

Choosing a casket is a very personal decision. To many people, it is important to select a casket made of very durable steel or semi-precious metal. They feel peace of mind knowing the selection they made protects against the outside elements. Often, families will want to select a casket that seems fitting for their loved […]

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If my family decides they don’t want the so-called “traditional funeral” for me, what other options do they have?

Many people falsely believe that everyone has to have a “traditional” funeral. However, we believe that every service should be personalized in order to honor the person who has died and be meaningful to the survivors. We offer alternatives such as humanistic services instead of religious services, visitations with or without viewing, and unique ceremonies […]

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Are you afraid of dying?

No matter how much you are involved in helping people cope with death — you never lose your sensitivity. Being a part of helping other people cope with loss actually reminds you daily how precious life is.

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Do you ever have a difficult time performing your job or have you become hardened to it?

It is always hard experiencing the pain and sorrow families feel when someone they love dies. What helps you get through it is hearing people later say “Thank you for helping me get through it.” “Thank you for taking care of all the details.” You never get used to death. Confronting death gives you a […]

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I think viewing the body is ridiculous. I don’t want anyone gawking at me after I’m dead. After all, what good is a funeral anyway?

Most families choose to have a viewing because it helps them to come to the reality that their loved one is truly gone. If you do not have an opportunity to view, you can fool yourself into thinking the person has not died. Of course, this is an option for each family because you can […]

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Why do you believe we need death education?

Death education is important because there are so many myths regarding death. If we understand it better, we are then better prepared to cope with grief. Some of the important topics include: “How to explain death to children”, “Suicide Prevention”, “What are the stages of grief”, “How to help friends who have lost a loved […]

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At what age should you tell your children about death?

It depends on the child and the circumstance. If a child has just experienced the loss of a grandparent or other family member, it may be necessary to discuss death earlier than usual. Some children mature faster than others and will often ask questions about life and death themselves. Most parents find that even in […]

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My mother was cremated and now I’m considering it. What do you think of cremation?

Cremation is a very personal decision. Everyone should find out what is involved in cremation and be sure to discuss the choice with other family members to be sure they are comfortable with the decision to cremate. Also, if you are considering cremation, we recommend you find out your clergy person’s position. For example, some […]

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