Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Butterfly Holder Pendant

Marvel at the beauty of this butterfly crafted of sterling silver, and holding something very precious. Designed by Deborah J. Birdoes, this necklace will bring comfort to a loved one.

Pendant is a vessel that can hold a precious memento or is designed to hold ashes.

• This item comes with an 18" chain, black pouch, funnel, gift box, and a card with inspiration and verse from scripture.

• From Deborah J. Birdoes' extraordinary Inspirational Blessings™ Collection of Jewelry.

Quotes from Scripture:

"In that day he will remove the cloud of gloom, the shadow of death that hangs over the earth.

He will swallow up death forever! The Sovereign LORD will wipe away all tears." Isaiah 25:7-8

Even when I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid, for You are close beside me.

Your rod and Your staff comfort me. Psalm 23:4

Lord, now let thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy word. Luke 2:29


For death begins with life's first breath and life begins at the touch of death. John Oxemham


Saturday, April 27, 2013

Why You Should Plan Ahead

It’s All About Taking Control
Given time to consider it, you’ll quickly realize that pre-planning is all about ensuring that your wishes are known, so they can be acted upon when the time comes. Making the commitment to planning ahead:
  • Is easy. There’s no health questionnaire or physical exam required. Absolutely everyone can make a pre-plan, and there is no waiting for return documents. The plan is completed, and put on file in our office.
  • Lets your family clearly know your wishes.
  • Relieves your family members of making very personal decisions on your behalf at the time of need.
  • Can protect your family from the ravages of inflation. Your expenses can be covered when you need them to be, through a pre-payment plan.
  • Reduces the stress on your family at the time of death.

Does Pre-planning Require Pre-payment?
The simple answer is just two letters: No. You can set plan to paper by simply recording your wishes, and leave it for your family to pay for your desired services at the time of your passing.
Or, you can protect you and your family from inflation, by pre-funding your plan. This ensures your expenses will be covered when you need them to be.
When you choose to pre-fund your final arrangements, your money is put in a state-approved trust account or top-rated insurance company until required. After your pre-plan is paid for in full, our price is guaranteed. You will never have to pay more for the services you have already paid for.
Another point we’d like to stress: When you pre-plan with Bryan Braker Funeral Home, your plan will go where you go. No matter where you reside at the time of your passing, no matter what funeral home you choose to work with, your plan will be transferable to any funeral home in the United States.

Why Pre-Plan with Bryan Braker Funeral Home?
By pre-planning with us, you’re assured that your final wishes are known. This relieves your family of the burden of making difficult decisions, under emotional duress. Through pre-funding your plan, expenses will be covered when you need them to be. That's guaranteed.
Our plans offer a variety of payment options to fit your needs. Choose the payment option that's right for you.

Ready to get started?
Request a personal appointment with a Bryan Braker Funeral Home pre-planning advisor. Please contact us by clicking on the link below.
Record your personal information to be kept on file at Bryan Braker Funeral Home. For assistance in completing this online planning process, please contact us by calling (707) 425-4697.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Importance of the Funeral in the Grieving Process

Some ways in which the funeral helps in the grieving process are:
At a worldwide level the funeral gives other world leaders or their representatives a chance to show solidarity in the acknowledgement of the loss the world has experienced because of the death and to express condolences to the people of the country and the family of the deceased.
At a communal level the funeral gives leaders of community groups or clubs in which the deceased was involved an opportunity to acknowledge the service and contributions he or she made to the community and to recognise special achievements. It also gives them a chance to pay their last respects to the deceased and to offer words of comfort and consolation to the family and friends as they grieve the loss of their loved one.
In the workplace the funeral gives managers and colleagues in the workplace or the leaders in the education organisation an opportunity to acknowledge the loss to the company or education organisation because of the death of the person, to pay their last respects to the deceased and to offer words of comfort and consolation to the family in their grief.
In the School or other Education Institute the funeral gives the principal, teachers and students an opportunity to acknowledge the loss, to pay their last respects to the deceased and to offer words of comfort and consolation to the family in their grief.
In the faith community the funeral is a time to give expression to faith and religious beliefs about life and death. All religions have specific rituals. The readings - usually taken from one of the Holy Books, the prayers of thanksgiving for the life of the deceased, prayers of comfort and consolation to the bereaved and the commendation of the deceased to rest in peace offer the bereaved hope, comfort and consolation in their grief.
For the members of the immediate family the funeral makes them focus on the reality of the death of their loved one. They have to make decisions and choices when planning the funeral, they have to express personal feelings and memories of the deceased as they prepare and give the eulogy and finally they commend their loved one to rest with love and in peace. All these actions mark the rite of passage of their loved one from life to death and afford some closure to their relationship with their loved one as it was when he or she was alive. One of the most important aspects of the funeral is that the love, support and friendship expressed by those attending the funeral give comfort and consolation to the bereaved and ease their pain as they move forward in the process of grief.
For these reasons the funeral is very important, whether it is on a grand scale for a prominent person in the world, or a private affair for a select few of family members and friends as it helps everyone to acknowledge the loss and move forward in the process of grief.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/7530941

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Google Tool Manages 'Digital Afterlife'

NEW YORK (AP) - Google has launched a tool that lets users decide what happens with their email, Google Plus and other accounts after they die — or become inactive online for any other reason.
Called "inactive account manager," the feature lets users of Google's services tell the company what to do with email messages and other data if their account becomes inactive.
For example, Google says, users can choose to delete their data after three, six or 12 months of inactivity. Or they can choose specific people to receive the data.
Besides Gmail and Google Plus, other services covered include YouTube, the photo-sharing service Picasa and Blogger. Google Inc., based in Mountain View, Calif., says it will warn users through a secondary email address or a provided phone number before taking any action.

Read more: http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/national/Google-launches-tool-to-manage-digital-afterlife#ixzz2QqIDr7IU

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Yippie Yogurt & Yippie Foundation Event Is Saturday, April 20th. Helping Disadvantaged Youth


to the Yippie Yogurt® Job Training Center's
Ribbon Cutting Celebration
on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 12noon - 2pm
with Ribbon Cutting at 1pm

There will be FREE small Yummy Yippie Yogurt
for the first 50 customers
Books and Stuffed Animals for the kids;
Face Painting, Cupcake walk, Balloons and More!
Yippie Yogurt® is a true community resource helping our most
disadvantaged youth gain employment skills and work experience.
"We hope you will come!"
Yippie Yogurt® is located at 1955 West Texas Street, #4 in Fairfield (Park in FoodMaxx parking lot).  Yippie Yogurt® is a program of the Yippie Foundation and is a true community resource helping our most disadvantaged youth gain employment skills and work experience.  Hope you will come!  Sponsored in part by Travis Credit Union and Dannon’s YoCream Yogurt.

Monday, April 15, 2013

A Brief History of Funeral Coaches

It is a given that in this lifetime, each of us will be faced with the death of someone we love. It is an inevitable and sad part of life.
Making funeral arrangements is indeed stressful and adds to the grief as it demands decision making in a lot of important details, including the choice of a funeral car or hearse.
A funeral car is essential for a lot of reasons and is often necessary to travel to the burial place. Actually they started as horse-drawn wagons. And although they've developed over the years, the early traditions have lived on when it comes to funeral cars or hearses.
Actually in today's funeral industry, a hearse is not generally called a hearse. It's more known as a funeral coach or car. Why? Funeral directors think that this term is a little less frightening than the common one.
The word "hearse" in fact comes from the Middle English word "herse". This refers to a type of candelabra often put on top of a coffin. In sometime in the 17th century, people had started using this word to refer to the horse-drawn carriages that carries the casket to the burial place during the funeral procession.
Until the 20th century, hearses remained to be horse-drawn. Nobody was quite sure of the exact year when motorized hearses were first used. But as assumed, it is most likely between 1901 and 1907.
Actually, the first hearse motor was electric. The first hearse with internal combustion engine only appeared in 1909, at Wilfrid A. Pruyn's funeral. And the responsible for this innovation was H.D. Ludlow. This new kind of hearse was pretty popular with the funerals of wealthier people.
Although Ludlow's creation has been popular to the public, most funeral directors found motorized hearses to be too expensive. As prices went down and internal combustion engines became further powerful, funeral directors then realized that the faster the hearse is, the more funerals they can accommodate per day. And by 1920s, gas-powered funeral cars became the standard.
The first gasoline-driven funeral cars were actually akin to the boxy design of the horse-drawn ones. But in 1930s, the longer funeral coach was introduced by Sayers and Scovill. This sleek, limousine-like shape remains to be popular today.
Nowadays, the largest funeral coach manufacturer of funeral cars in the United States is Accubuilt, Inc. And over the years, a significant number of funeral car manufacturers have merged. These include Eureka, Miller-Meteor, Superior Coach, and Sayers and Scovill. For anyone interested in funeral cars and coaches, these names are quite recognizable.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/5274630

Friday, April 12, 2013

Mysteries of vernacular: Hearse - Jessica Oreck

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/mysteries-of-vernacular-hearse-jessica-oreck

Today, we recognize the word hearse as a vehicle that carries a coffin to a funeral. Jessica Oreck explains how this word has, at various times, described a wolf, a rake, and a frame, eventually landing at its meaning today.

Lesson and animation by Jessica Oreck.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Golden Anniversary

The Golden Anniversary

is one of the most celebrated wedding anniversaries.

And rightly so!

Spending half a century in love with one person
is a wonderful statement about the gift of married life.

Bryan-Braker wishes to commend those
Golden Couples with a FREE gift...

Bring us your photographs and we will produce
an Anniversary DVD Video Tribute in honor
of your love for each other!

Call today and setup an appointment, (707) 425-4697 or
Email for more information:  info@bryanbraker.com

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Funeral Homes Guide You Through This Trying Time

Some funeral homes can provide families with far more than just a service or gathering to honor a person's life. For those who have lost someone, finding a facility that can handle this process for you is very important. What most people don't realize, though, is that they do have options. You can turn to any facility in your area and contact the company for information. You can get a quote for care, and you can learn what other services the facility offers. Though you may feel that you just want to get this over with, it pays to look for the company that can make this process more about healing than suffering.
Providing Your Options
Funeral homes are not all the same. Some are very methodical and limited in what they do. They may help you to put together a basic service and then to set up an opportunity to make basic decisions. One thing that you may want, though, is the assurance of numerous options. You may want to be able to choose between various types of services. You may want to follow very specific, traditional or religious beliefs and processes. You may just want to know what you should be doing right now. The right facilities can help you to make that happen.
Giving You Help
This is not easy. It will not be easy for some time. Yet, the very best providers are able to offer you and your immediate family members with the counseling and compassion you need. Whether you just need to talk to someone who understands or you need to get answers as to why this is happening, it pays to visit a facility where professional counselors are available to help you. You may have children who are experiencing loss, or you may be so shocked you have no idea what the next step is. Counseling can help.
Guiding You
Decisions have to be made. The process has to happen. You may not know what to do or how to do it, but these professionals do. They can give you options and help you to put together a plan for celebrating the life of your loved one. They will work with you to ensure every detail is thought of and planned for. You don't have to worry about making mistakes. They will guide you through the process.
Funeral homes are more than just places to go and get a service performed. They provide you with care, comfort and counseling services at a time when you may be suffering significantly. Look for a company or provider that is able to give you the guidance you need through this.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/7513872

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

What to Expect When You Arrive at the Funeral Home

  • One of the first things the funeral arranger will do is to provide you with our general price list. He or she will then guide you through the entire arrangement process, explaining how you can create a memorable personal celebration of your loved one's life. This is not a one-way conversation; we want to hear your ideas and desires, and use them as the foundation for the arrangement process.
    This process may include:
    • Preparing and filing the official death certificate
    • Scheduling the location, date and time of services or events
    • Selecting a casket, urn or other items
    • Preparing an obituary notice
    • Scheduling vehicles
    • Selecting pallbearers

    You may also sign necessary authorizations or make arrangements to have them signed by the appropriate family members.
    We’d like you to bring any photos, a favorite song, or memorabilia so that you and your funeral arranger can better discuss how you would like your loved one to be remembered. Having these things, and knowing their favorite song or favorite gathering place – even their favorite activity – will help us create a truly fitting memorial service.
    Our funeral arrangers will assist you in planning a loving tribute that captures the spirit of the person whose life you wish to honor. To learn more about personalizing the service, please read the Honoring Life section of this Web site. The funeral arranger will discuss personalization with you during your arrangement conference.
    The following checklist will help you remember what information about the decedent and items will be needed when meeting with a funeral arranger.
    • Full legal name
    • Home address
    • Social Security number
    • Date of birth
    • Place of birth
    • Father's name
    • Mother's maiden name
    • Veteran's discharge papers (DD-214)
    • Recent Photograph
    • Highest education
    • Occupation
    • Place of burial (if applicable)
    • Clothing
    • Clergy name and phone number
    • Survivors (name and relationship)
    • Insurance policies (if applicable)
  • A staff member of Bryan Braker Funeral Home will be honored to explain all of the options available to you.