Memorial Cards

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 / The Veterans Administration (855-574-7286 / The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) (800-621-3362 />) National Center for Victims of Crime (202-467-8700 / 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 […]

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 […]

Pop Rock Songs for a Funeral Service

Popular Selections for Funeral Songs Note: When available, links are provided to listen to and download digital versions of suggested songs (in MP3 format) from The typical price per download is 89&#162 to 99&#162. Many singers have become icons. As a consequence it is fitting to express a particular generation with one of their hits. Here are a few to consider.

Gangs and Funeral Service Rituals

For most people funerals are quiet and solemn affairs. They are a time to pay respects and lend comfort and support to the family members and friends of the deceased. They are a time to celebrate the life of the deceased and find closure and healing. However, for some people in cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Vancouver, funerals have become a place for rival gangs to seek their revenge and perpetuate long-standing conflicts.

Wiccan Funeral Service Rituals

Wiccan funeral customs and burial traditions encourage individuals to make their wishes for a funeral known well in advance of their death. In this way, they are able to specify the type of burial they want. Many times Wiccan customs may not be honored by other family members, so Wiccans are encouraged to have a fellow coven-mate or a lawyer listed as the executor of the will.

Reform Judaism Funeral Service Rituals

The Jewish Reform movement differs from the Orthodox movement in that it rejects any ideas of a bodily resurrection and a physical existence after death. Instead, its practitioners believe in the immortality of all souls that will ultimately return to God. To Reform Jews, a person’s immortality is marked by the memories cherished by the loved ones left behind on earth.

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