Sympathy Meals

10 Tips For Creating The Ideal Sympathy Meal

When someone we care about loses a loved one, we want to do something to help. One time-honored way is to provide the grieving family with the ideal sympathy meal. We’ve got some helpful tips for ways to make sure that you create a sympathy meal that is sure to be appreciated. Keep in mind […]


Have You Seen the All-New Digital Dying?

The all-new Digital Dying offers a fresh take on the trends and issues that are shaping the funeral industry. If you haven’t looked at our blog, Digital Dying, in awhile you are in for a treat. It’s got an all-new look and a fresh focus. We’ll still bring you our unique perspective on funeral customs […]


Grief And The Holidays

Most of us look forward to the sights, sounds, and celebrations of the holiday season. For those who have suffered a loss, however, this time of year presents many challenges, not the least of which is how to make the difficult journey through grief when it seems all those around us are filled with joy. […]


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Top 7 Tips for Managing Thank You Notes

Writing thank you notes when you are grieving can seem like an overwhelming challenge. While it can be time-consuming and somewhat difficult, it doesn’t have to be an impossible chore. If tackling the job is something that you just can’t handle on your own, it is perfectly acceptable to enlist the help of a friend […]


What to Say In a Thank You Note

Wondering what to write in your thank you notes after the funeral? All you need to write is a simple sentence or two. Write your message in preprinted sympathy cards (add your note along with the printed sentiment), or purchase blank note cards. It’s always good etiquette to say something sincere and personal. Feel free to use these phrases as a starting point: Top Tips


Honoring the Deceased with a Memorial Donation

  If the family of the deceased requests a memorial donation to a specific cause or charity in lieu of flowers, you can choose whether or not to make such a donation. If you do, you need to do this in a timely fashion (within 10 days of the funeral service) so that the family […]


Offering Condolences – Saying & Doing the Right Things

Note: Our etiquette tips, including Offering Condolences, have a broad application to many religious traditions; however, some religions and ethnicities have specific requirements or traditions of their own. For more information, see our Funeral Customs section. Acknowledging the Death One of the reasons why people are so uncomfortable at a wake or funeral is because […]


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