Sunday, December 28, 2014

I Will Remember You

This beautiful video is intended to be a gift to families who are dealing with the loss of a loved one. We know that death is difficult, stressful and confusing. We believe, however, that remembrance is good. And this touching video is a reminder of all the ways we can remember and cherish family members forever. The video is a poem and a song on film, that we hope you can watch many times—helping you begin the process of moving from grieving to remembrance.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Fairmont Memorial Park

Mausoleum crypts and niches are available for families choosing a burial or cremation with inurnment. Mausoleum entombment is considered to be the finest type of burial known to man. A mausoleum’s solid construction signifies durability, devotion and honor.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Wings of Gold Gift Set

The Wings of Gold Gift Set includes a beautiful Italian Style Music Box, and a lovely yellow silk sympathy bouquet. When the music box is opened, a glass enclosure allows you to see the musical movement as it plays “Wind Beneath My Wings”. The inside of the music box is finished with black velvet to hold jewelry or other treasured mementos. Also included is a yellow silk sympathy bouquet, which is a lovely accent to the home, with 8 yellow silk roses surrounded by greenery.

• Music box contains Sankyo brand movements, the highest quality available, to ensure the melody is always clear and consistent.

• Verse on front of music box and attached to sympathy bouquet reads:

Your loved one isn’t missing

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Significance of Releasing Funeral White Doves at Funeral and Memorial Ceremonies

Releasing funeral doves as part of the service or celebration of the life of a loved one not only pays a poignant tribute to the person who has died, but can also prove emotionally uplifting and inspirational for the mourners attending the funeral. The sense of peace and closure is almost tangible.
Specialist Funeral Dove Release Service Providers
Dove release service providers will tailor a package according to your exact wishes and will then liaise with the funeral director to organise the presentation.
The actual release of the doves usually takes place at the end of the funeral service, civil ceremony or memorial service. A poem or piece of prose may be read or a favourite piece of music played to accompany the release. Alternatively, you may choose for the doves to be released in total silence.
The doves are released from a basket decorated in the style of your choice and the presentation is carried out by experienced dove handlers who will be appropriately attired for the occasion. On a practical note, one should bear in mind that funeral doves can only be released outdoors and in full daylight. This allows sufficient time for them to return home before it gets dark, typically at least two hours before sunset.
Symbolic Meaning & Significance
The dove is the universal symbol of peace, hope and freedom and, in this context, the release of funeral doves symbolises the release of the spirit of the departed who is finally at peace. The actual number of doves released is also significant and offers nuances of symbolic meaning and representation. For example:
  • a single white dove represents the peaceful release and onward journey of the spirit of the deceased;
  • a pair of doves symbolises the journey of the spirit of the person who has died accompanied by their spirit guide or guardian angel;
  • the release of three doves followed immediately by the release of a single dove signifies the Holy Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Ghost guiding the spirit of the departed on their journey to heaven;
  • ten doves released simultaneously offer a symbolic celebration of the life of a loved one and say a simple, fond farewell.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Post Funeral Checklist

Real Estate Properties change all jointly held deeds.
    Solano County Assessor/Recorder    (707) 784-6290

Notify Insurance Companies and file claims
    Life Insurance
    Medical, Health, Disability, Travel, and Accident
    Retirement Benefits, Annuities, Pensions
    Home Owners
    Car Insurance

Apply for appropriate benefits when applicable.
    Social Security Survivor Benefits
         700 Main St. Ste. 220, Suisun City    (800) 772-1213
         Web Address:
    Workmen’s Compensation Benefits
    Civil Service Benefits
    Union Benefits
    Survivor Benefits from deceased’s employer

Notify accountant/tax preparer. Provide certified copies
    of death certificate, previously filed tax return forms, and current earnings and dividend statements.

Notify Stockbroker
    Transfer ownership of joint or solely owned stock, bonds and mutual funds.
    Cancel any open orders arranged by the deceased.
    IRA and Retirement Accounts.
Notify Bank
    Change all jointly held accounts and correct tax identification numbers (usually Social Security number).
    Cancel Direct Deposit Retirement Benefit Payments.
    Re-establish title of Safety Deposit Box.
    Re-establish all outstanding mortgages, notes, leases, accounts payable/receivable, etc.
    Apply for any credit life insurance which may exist on loans, credit cards and mortgages.

Notify Department of Motor Vehicles to transfer titles
    of all registered vehicles, mobile homes, and boats registered in the deceased’s name.
    160 Serrano Dr, Fairfield    (800) 777-0133
    621 Orange Dr, Vacaville    (800) 777-0133

Notify All Credit Card Account Companies
    Apply for all credit card life insurance coverage when applicable.
    Cancel all individual held cards of the deceased.
    Change all jointly held accounts

Department of Veteran Services
    675 Texas Street, Fairfield    (707) 784-6590
    120 W. Main Street, Woodland    (530) 406-4851

Ordering More Death Certificates
     Solano County Recorder    (707) 784-6294

Monday, December 8, 2014

5 Ways To Make A Memorial Personal

A memorial to a loved one is one of the most personal things you will ever have to choose in your life or for another. Here are 5 ways in which honoring the memory of the recently passed can keep their memory alive in a way unique to them.
Etching Designs
An image etched on to granite can be a particularly touching tribute to a loved one. Most symbols and pictures can be incorporated onto the memorial. Whether it be a religious symbol, type of flower or personal logo, whatever was important to your cherished person can be reflected in an etching design.
Traditional Kerbed Memorials
Kerbed memorials are ideal for those who appreciate traditional burials, a style that has been popular for many years. The entire area of the grave can be marked out by the granite edges. The interior of the memorial can be filled in with whatever would be most appropriate for your loved one, whether it be soil for growing flowers or a solid piece of granite for an elegant and clean appearance.
Special Memorials
Your loved one may have had time to make decisions as to their burial before passing, and if they desired a specially made memorial they can have their particular design made. Most ideas can be reproduced in stone, so perhaps the best way to honour your loved one would be to have something unique carved for them, such as a religious statue or even a granite bench.
Flower Container
A common feature of resting places is a flower vase which can be placed on the base of a headstone or in the center of a kerbed memorial. Although they appear frequently at burial places, this is simply because they are a lovely way to add a personal touch to your loved one's grave. Leaving flowers at a grave is a touching sentiment that is very personal to those who are being remembered and those who are remembering; leaving a favorite flower at a resting place is a dignified way of showing that they will always be remembered.
Photo Plaque
If a visual memory of your loved one would be perfect for them, ceramic or hand-etched photo plaques can be added to memorials. This adds the ultimate personal touch and a way in which the best moments of a cherished life can be immortalized  Whether ceramic or hand-carved, the photo plaque can easily be maintained as part of a granite or marble memorial.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Keys To Reducing Funeral Stress

1. Even in an emergency, you have more time than you think.

One of the greatest causes of stress around planning and arranging a funeral—especially an unexpected one, is that you have to do it in a very short time. Trying to plan a funeral in just a couple of days can be extremely stressful, and frustrating. But the reality is that you have more time than you may think.
While it is true that certain aspects have to be done quickly, the actual date and arrangements for the funeral can be done on your schedule, within reason. (The exception to this is that certain religions like Judaism require strict timelines for burial.) Find a funeral home or cemetery in your area that can give you expert advice on any specific requirements.
If this is an Emergency, go to our section on Funeral Emergency or watch The Remembrance Process℠ video below for a quick overview of what needs to be done.

2. Empower your family by getting information in advance.

For many families, especially in American culture, the idea of discussing death, and funeral planning is uncomfortable. Even in families where a loved one is terminally ill, the idea of discussing funeral arrangements is often seen as morbid, or an indication that the family is “giving up” on the loved one. In addition, because information about funerals, cremation, monuments, hospice, nursing homes, has not been readily available, the subject is treated with the fear that accompanies the unknown.
The Remembrance Process℠ can provide planning materials, and information about your options and rights on-line, or over the phone, or by calling a Remembrance Provider℠. Gaining this information in advance allows families to plan in a calm and peaceful way in the privacy of their home. When you can discuss options, look at choices, and consider ways of saying goodbye to your loved one, the perspective about the funeral can change dramatically. Knowledge is power, and never more so, than about this inevitable life event. Funerals will always be stressful events, but knowing what to expect in advance, can reduce that stress tremendously.

3. Plan in advance (even shortly in advance) if you can.

Giving your family a funeral plan, may be one of the best gifts you ever give them, since it allows them to stop worrying about details, allows them to come together as a family to grieve, without distractions.
Often, a significant cause of stress in planning a funeral is the disagreement between family members over what “ dad or mom would have wanted.” Arguments can occur over whether burial or cremation is desired, what kind of casket is appropriate, what kind of service, what kind of monument, when to have the service, and how much to pay for these arrangements.
Ironically, these arguments often occur in the most loving families, where different family members have strong opinions on how to honor their deceased family member.
See information on funeral planning on this site, or find a funeral home to learn about funeral planning tools that can assist you in creating a funeral plan that is as simple or detailed as you want. You can even add information about your genealogy, choices of music, or obituary that may provide extraordinary comfort to your family not only at the time of death, but in years to come. Almost 40% of all families now choose to use hospice care as the way to make end of life a more personal and natural process. Allowing the loved one to be cared for at home, surrounded by family members, is seen by many as a tremendous advantage over a death that occurs in a hospital, that almost always has to be more impersonal.4. Explore hospice care as a way of making end of life a more natural, personal process.
In addition, many families find that the care provided by hospice nurses, chaplains, and medical and social worker professionals not only helps the terminally ill patient, but helps the family as well. These professionals are experienced in helping families say goodbye to their loved ones in personal ways, and they can also help in personalizing the care the dying person receives.
By helping make death part of a natural process, rather than a sudden and separate event, the hospice experience leads to a funeral process and event that for many is more natural, more humane, and in many cases, more spiritual than what they have experienced by dealing only with the hospital. 
For more information please visit the hospice section of this site or call one of our counselors to find a hospice or funeral home near you.

5. Budget and explore financing options for the funeral in advance.

If you have time to prepare, there are many ways to reduce the financial stress of a funeral. And your Remembrance Providers℠ can help here. Also, if you have traditional insurance, your Remembrance Provider℠ can help process this for you. In addition, Remembrance Providers℠ can discuss various approaches to making sure you get the funeral you want, in a way that matches your budget, so that you can focus on moving from grieve to remembrance. They can also tell you about final expense insurance, which is inexpensive and generally available to people 50-85.

6. Connect with a clergyman or spiritual counselor to help your family through this time.

End of life is a difficult passage, and for many families, the counsel and advice provided by experienced ministers or clergy can be a significant aid. Even for families who may not be actively involved in a church, the guidance and support of a clergyman or woman can be wonderfully comforting. In addition, many families may need advice on religious traditions that their parents observed, and which they would like to honor.