Monday, February 29, 2016

Funeral Planning : How To Behave At A Funeral

A funeral is supposed to be a ceremonial time, and it is very important to remain respectful towards to the deceased and their family. Behave at a funeral as if it were a church service with help from a licensed funeral director and embalmer in this free video on funeral planning.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Creating An Online Memorial Website Can Help With Grief and Bereavement

Coping with the loss of a loved one and the grief that ensues can be overwhelming and sometimes difficult to manage. Death is one unavoidable certainty that we can expect in one's lifetime but that we rarely think about on a regular basis. So when it does occur, we are sometimes unprepared. This can cause a lot of stress in a person's life, and they may not know how to deal with it.
Bereavement from losing a loved one can be one of the most stressful events in a person's life. Stress, especially if persistent in nature, can affect a person's well-being and lead to serious health problems that may disturb multiple organ systems. The digestive, immune, cardiovascular and nervous systems may all be afflicted and lead to potential life threatening conditions such as bleeding ulcers, chronic infections, depression, diabetes, and heart disease. If a person does not address their grief and the stress associated with it, it may alter their overall health status for the worse.
With the advent of the internet, more people are using online means to seek out social support and facilitate the grieving process. One such medium is an online memorial website, where people can create a profile to commemorate a deceased loved one. Memorial websites can help to honor the legacy of loved ones through contributions from other people from around the globe. Photos, videos, and messages are some of the features that can be shared by family and friends and thus a place to preserve these memories for future generations to enjoy.
Online memorials have become a beneficial platform for those in mourning by allowing access to support from family and friends. Sharing meaningful memories of the deceased with others can help to initiate positive emotions. Research has shown that conjuring positive emotions and a strong social support network during times of grief can help reduce the effects of both chronic and acute stress, as well as allow a person to recover from grief faster.
Benefits of creating an online memorial:
  1. It can give unlimited access to a support network of family and friends from all over the world.
  2. It can help bring out positive emotions and, therefore, reduce stress and heal faster.
  3. It can be a place to preserve favorite memories of a loved one through shared comments, photos and videos.
  4. It can allow a bereaved individual to discuss their feelings, at any time of the day, with people who may be dealing with a similar grief.
  5. It can be a place to create a family tree to be passed on to future generations.
It should be noted that in certain circumstances, such as with a sudden or traumatic death of a loved one, how a person copes can vary from person-to-person. At some point, there may be a need for professional intervention.

We Offer Services To Help With Memorial Websites. For More Information Please Click HERE.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

LifeGem Introduces A Diamond Created From Ashes

LifeGem CEO introduces the process of creating diamonds from ashes on the Today Show with Campbell Brown in 2002.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Sympathy Store: Tree of Life Memorial Urn Pendant

Designed with the Tree of Life to symbolize our eternal life through Jesus, this Urn Pendant is cast in stainless steel with a stunning, highly polished finish which will never tarnish. The leaves are Peace Doves that represent the regenerative work of the Holy Spirit and the Celtic style trunk displays a root grafted in, as we also have been grafted into the Vine of Life. It is designed with a hollow chamber to hold a loved one’s ashes or a lock of hair. On the back is the encouraging phrase, “Live On™” to remind you that your loved one indeed lives on and you will one day be reunited with them again. It also comes with a special coated screw so you have no need to mess with any type of glue or sticky adhesive that can potentially ruin the beautiful finish of your pendant. (An allen wrench and spatula, along with filling instructions also included)

• Includes an 18" .925 Silver chain
2 Cor 6:9 “…[we are] dying, yet we live on…”
Remains With Me™ Jewelry ~ Live On™
* *Additional charges may apply when shipping to Hawaii or Alaska. Contact our Sympathy Store Advisers when shipping to these destinations**

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Five Benefits Of Funeral Pre-Planning

Although it can be unpleasant to think about your own mortality, these details bear consideration. Funeral pre-planning involves making decisions about the services you wish to have after death. Mapping out your desires for last rites can provide you and your family with a variety of benefits.

Relieving Anxiety

A death in the family, whether anticipated or unexpected, is usually a source of great stress and anxiety for an entire family. With funeral pre-planning, you make a number of important decisions yourself instead of relying on your loved ones to make the hard choices after you're gone.

Assurance of Desires

If you have never spoken of or written down your desires, your surviving family may not know with certainty what you want and don't want. Ironing out these details gives you confidence and emotional peace that you will have the ceremony and service you want.


Funerals can be costly. Funeral pre-planning can help you choose the type of service you want and can afford. Once you know the cost, you can make adjustments to make it more affordable, if necessary. You could also create a saving plan to enable your loved ones to afford the arrangements. Making the arrangements ahead of time also enables you to pre-pay the costs to prevent your family from having to pay for it.

Locking In Costs

Prices continue to rise on many things. By planning and pre-paying for the service, you can lock in prices and prevent having to pay more in the future. Even a year or two can make a significant difference in rising prices.

Focus without Distractions

Your loved ones may find it hard to focus on making arrangements during mourning. By choosing funeral pre-planning, you will enable people to focus on honoring and memorializing you and your memory instead of worrying about the minute details of the arrangements.

The actual process of funeral pre-planning is not difficult. Professionals are available to gather the important information about you. Expect to provide biographical information and details about family, career, friends, and hobbies. Make any special interests and achievements known. A professional will explain all the options and help you choose what fits your desires and budget. If you want to pre-fund the service, you can also do so at this time. When finished, the business will keep a file of the service you have chosen so it's ready when needed. Many people find that the greatest gift of love for family members is eliminating this task.

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Kids Explain: What Is Love?

Love is difficult to put into words. So with Valentine’s Day approaching, we thought it would be fun to go out on the street to ask kids to explain love.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Choosing A Funeral Poem

A funeral poem can be an ideal part of a meaningful memorial. Poetry has a wonderful way of communicating our deepest and most heartfelt feelings, making it ideal as a remembrance for a loved one. Choosing a funeral poem, however, can be challenging.

Most of us are not students of poetry. We don't spend our days studying free verse or iambic pentameter. We know that poetry speaks to us in times of great emotion and we know that it can uniquely encapsulate the sentiments of the human soul, but we don't know where to find the right words or how to really judge their ability to communicate to others.

Choosing the perfect memorial verse if further complicated by the nature of our mourning process. Our culture moves quickly when it comes to mourning and memorials. We're often rushed, fighting impossible schedules as we prepare a loved one's funeral services. The idea of poring over books of poetry at a time like that may seem to be nothing short of impossible.

Fortunately, we don't need to be experts on the art of poetry to select a perfect funeral poem and we don't need to spend hour after hour trying to find those right words. We can rely on carefully assembled compilations of classic poetry. These volumes were painstakingly arranged to assist those looking for a perfect funeral poem. Some are even available on the Internet for instant download and review, making the process of finding great poetry for such an important occasion much easier.

If you know you want to feature a funeral poem in a memorial, don't be dissuaded by your lack of expertise in poetry. Don't let the stressful and limited schedule of the days preceding a survey stand in your way, either. You can find the right words.

I offer my sincerest condolences for your loss and wish you the best as you prepare a meaningful memorial for your loved one.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Cremation Services

Cremation only refers to the manner in which you or your loved one has chosen to deal with the physical remains. We want you to know that this decision doesn’t limit the ways you can honor your loved one's life. We heartily suggest that you have a funeral or memorial service, because your need for such a healing experience is not lessened by the decision to be cremated. Again, the options are limited only by your imagination. We hope that you will contact us to discuss the wide variety of celebratory options open to you.

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Sympathy Store: Memorial Honor Blanket

The setting sun and the American Flag with a cross and the last verse of taps. A tribute to a brave soldier.
This Tapestry Throw is 54 inches wide by 70 inches tall, and is woven from 100% cotton.

• Soft Luscious feel with a quality and texture that only comes through weaving.
• Woven from 100% cotton ensuring vibrant colors
• Jacquard woven style lends a dynamic, textured look
• Hand finished for uniqueness
• Woven in the USA

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Going To A Funeral - Appropriate Makeup

In this video I get ready for a funeral, and show you what I think is appropriate to wear to these occasions.

Again - this isn't a video to be insensitive or disrespectful, and I am not glorifying the event of going to a funeral (who would!). But instead, I wanted this video to be more helpful than anything - I myself on the day had doubts and worries on what to wear, so this is why I decided to make this video.