Update Your Funeral Plan

Get Ready for Spring

For many of us, it seems like Spring will never get here. Luckily, it’s right around the corner. With that in mind, this edition of the Word to the Wise Newsletter features information to help you spruce up after a long winter. Whether it’s dusting off your funeral plan or clearing out items you no […]


Funerals in the Time of COVID Part One Since the first case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was reported in Washington State in January of 2020, our lives have changed at light speed. As it turns out, so have our deaths.  Funeral services have ground to a halt and the way we honor the lives […]

Green Funeral Products

One of the smartest things business owners can do today is look for ways to incorporate green practices in every possible aspect of operations. It can save businesses money when it comes to operating costs, but it can also help attract a growing number of potential clients who are insisting that the companies they patronize […]

Funeral Memorial Cards and Prayer Cards

Memorial cards are small, sturdy, laminated cards (about the size of a playing card) that offer a tribute to the deceased. Their use is not necessarily limited to funerals. You will also find them distributed at visitations, wakes, memorial services, and celebrations of life. Memorial cards are referred to by a variety of names. They […]

Getting Federal Assistance

Help with funeral expenses from the federal government is limited, but there are some programs which may be able to help you. Among these are: Social Security (800-772-1213 / www.ssa.gov) The Veterans Administration (855-574-7286 / www.vets.gov/burials-and-memorials/preneed) The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) (800-621-3362 / www.fema.gov/disaster-funeral-assistance/a>) National Center for Victims of Crime (202-467-8700 / victomsofcrime.org) More […]

The Funeral Reception

It is customary (but not required) to hold a reception following a funeral or memorial service. This gathering offers friends and family the opportunity to meet in an informal environment. The after-funeral reception gives mourners the chance to support each other, share stories and memories, and continue to celebrate the life of someone they cared […]

How To Personalize a Funeral or Memorial Service

Memorial services and funerals serve a number of purposes. They give us the chance to say goodbye and offer an opportunity for friends and family to gather together to start the journey through the grieving process. In the end, the key reason most of us go to the time and expense of holding a funeral […]

Creating a Celebration of Life

When someone dies, we want the chance to say goodbye, honor their memory, and look for meaning in the death. Throughout history, we have turned to serve these purposes. And, without a doubt, holding a ceremony to memorialize someone we have lost holds an important place in the process of handling grief. While the need […]

Should You Attend the Funeral?

Funerals are a unique type of life celebration. Formal invitations are rarely (almost never) issued. Instead, information on the date, time, and place for services are passed through public sources. Typical methods for passing along logistical details are a newspaper obituary, word of mouth, or social media. More often than not, funeral and memorial services […]

Tell Your Funeral Story

Funerals can be anything but somber…they are often beautiful, poignant, even crazy, funny, and just plain bad. No matter what your experience was attending a funeral, we want you to tell us your story! Required fields are marked *. All Stories will be reviewed prior to posting. Please see our Guidelines for Use for further […]

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