Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Changing The Way We Mourn: Laura Prince

How do you go from world traveler to funeral counselor the span of one phone call? In her talk, Laura Prince explores the transformative power of grief , death, and her passion for changing the way we as a society approach death.

While studying Gerontology and working with elders who where close to their own death, she became inspired to celebrate life and live as passionately as possible. Later while working on the National Geographic Expedition ships, a tragic unexpected death in her close circle led her inadvertently into a career in the death care industry. To this day, it has been the most passionate time of her life. She is currently working on an organization called Good Mourning offering death education, holistic grief counseling, and funeral planning services. Laura stresses the importance of properly honoring the those who have died, as well as our resulting grief. By becoming closer to the reality of death, we can live more present, passionate lives.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Finding Peace And Joy After Grief

Twelve Essential Actions Steps

When a significant loss, or heartache occurs it can leave you stunned, shell shocked and filled with sorrow. You are likely in new and very unfamiliar territory. You may feel like a person who is blindfolded, setting at a table, trying helplessly and hopelessly too put 15,000 sorrow puzzle pieces together. You need help to make sense of it all. The circumstances leading to your grief may even result in your inability to fully recover, but seizing every opportunity to reclaim your life should be your prime objective. The poet Rumi suggests an important idea to ponder:

"Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow."

Finding Healing, peace and joy after grief involves a specific conditioning of the mind and a positioning of the heart. A steady satisfaction of contentment, confidence and hope are required. Joy is something that is deep within and doesn't leave hurriedly. It is more than a fleeting happiness. Following are 12 action steps to aid you in understanding and healing your grief and finding new purpose and added peace and joy:

1-Tell Your Story. One of the most powerful ways of healing from grief is to bring your feelings, emotions and thoughts to the surface. Sharing your grief experience can be healing. Writing your most inner most thoughts that you can go back to and remind you of what you feel and desire can be uplifting. If you are not keeping a journal or diary begin today. It is strongly recommended you begin a grief relief journal or diary. There is great empowerment in expressing your sorrow. This is to be for your own use so you can write your thoughts and feelings down with no need to filter or edit what is going on inside your mind or heart. Start today.

2-Today seize the flower pedals of renewal and rebirth. 
Renewal and rebirth begin and end with you. Start now. How you do it is a personal matter but it is vital to finding happiness, new peace and joy. Also, seek God's help to give additional inspiration, strength and wisdom to carry your grief cross. Consider saying a silent prayer. If you are out of practice, it is okay; you will feel additional comfort and peace when you continue to let humble thoughts flow. The more you do so with consistency and sincere effort the greater the possibility for inspiration from God. Ponder deeply all steps you might take to renew hope and find rebirth in a fuller life.

3-Count your grateful moments.
Be specific. Some blessings will be big and some small. They all count! As you count your blessings you will be surprised how many things you feel gratitude about. Count the blessings one by one. Realizing what you are grateful for will give you strength in times of discouragement. Acting upon your intentions to be grateful can bring you rich blessings. Practice gratitude every day to foster gratefulness in your life. Write at least five things in your journal you are grateful for right today.

4-Grief never finishes. 
Because of a dreadful sorrowful condition your life changed. Only when you understand what grief is, and how powerfully it can imprison your thoughts, emotions, and even your whole persona, can you begin to work through your grief. Grieving is a passageway of time, not a place to stay. Nonetheless, grief is not ever completely cured or entirely healed. Mourning may continue. Reconciliation of your sorrowful condition brings into harmony the grieving you experience. This leads to healing. Seize all the moments of every day to overcome loss, grief and sorrow.

5-Grief is the price of living through life's circumstances.
When your grief happening encompassed you, your life was most likely altered permanently. Grief is not a lack of faith, nor a sign of weakness. What you do with your grief is your choice alone. Understanding your grief and what you can do about healing helps you begin your healing journey to a healthier happier place in your life. Make a list of 5 steps you must take to understand and reconcile your complex grief. Begin following them today.

6-Re-evaluate Your Outlook
You may have to evaluate what has changed and explore what is still possible for you after a life-altering occurrence. It may take some time and patience for you to find your equilibrium again. Begin by recognizing that some of the shifts which have occurred in your life as a result of your experiences are likely to be permanent. List at least three actions you can take in the next week that will propel you forward toward greater happiness. Consider the possibility that your new path will be revealed as you progress. Courageously continue your journey while embracing the hope of greater understanding, peace and joy to come.

7-Find a grief partner.
Trying to survive your grief without the help of others to give comfort and support is not a good option. Trying to overcome your sorrow alone will hinder your progress and may even cause you to become severely depressed due to loneliness and isolation. It is essential that you seek support from others and find ways to express your needs. A partner relationship is essential to your wellbeing and happiness. Sometimes all you need to do is ask. But ask you must: "I need to have you spend time with me and here are my needs... " Cry with someone, at times it can be more healing than crying alone. Great comfort and peace, even hope, can come to those who know they have someone to whom they can turn to in time of crisis or need.

8-You are not alone. Because of your deep sorrow it can be extremely difficult for you to believe at this moment there can be hope, joy, and peace in your life. If you are going through a time of grief in your life recognize while your journey of grief is unique, take comfort in the hope and wisdom from those who have walked the path of grief before you. Can you let, literally thousands of others, who have cause to grieve, give you hope. You are not alone. Think of 3 ways how others have been able to reconcile their grief. Consider searching the internet for stories of how others have met their difficult challenges successfully. Let these examples empower you.

9-Embrace each positive moment. In doing so you can better find healing, harmony, hope, peace and joy in living. Peace and joy go together. While it is necessary to pass through the grieving process, don't allow grief to take away your faith in God, love of life and most importantly, your hope. Don't be sluggish; be proactive each day in seeking every hopeful and beneficial moment of each possibility for inner peace.

10-Turn inward and be compassionate.
Right now, discovering how to turn inward and be compassionate with yourself is perhaps one of your most important needs. Embracing your feelings of loss is essential to your survival and future happiness. The Grief from a life-altering circumstance may never completely go away. Learning how to reconcile your life after a time of loss requires self-nurturing, and continuing loving attention to enable you to move through your grief.

11-Reconnect with Your Passions. Because of the agony and heartache, you may have temporarily withdrawn from people, places or things which you previously enjoyed. While a temporary hiatus may be necessary in your healing process, isolation is not a healthy beneficial long-term strategy. In your Grief Relief Journal jot down the people, places or things that have brought you the most joy and satisfaction in your life. Ask yourself how many of these people, places or things can still be a part of your life now. Consider how long it has been since you have engaged with them. Make a plan. Schedule some time each day to involve yourself in something, or with someone, you have previously enjoyed. Give yourself the gift of something to look forward to each day. Have faith hope and contentment will return.

12-Gather precious moments. 
Seek to enjoy life and its gifts. Recognize the value of living in the moment. Believe in possibilities beyond what you may see today. You are invited to pluck each day's happenings, as if you were gathering precious moments like flowers. Are you? Experiment with ideas and actions to find the ones that most resonate with you and support your healing. Taking actions on new ideas and concepts can help you can find new purpose and understanding. Find the solutions that can support your healing. Take action today and always.

"I am responsible. Although I may not be able to prevent the worst from happening, I am responsible for my attitude toward the inevitable misfortunes that darken life. Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have - life itself." ~Walter Anderson

If you can't find reasons to be joyful, your perspective needs changed. Peace and joy go together. Grief doesn't only present aching of the heart and mind but also new possibilities and new roots for growth.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Beautiful Fairmont Memorial Park

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

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Good Grief! What I Learned From Loss

Elaine Mansfield is a writer and bereavement educator who has lived on land overlooking the Seneca Lake Valley since 1972. She leads bereavement groups and workshops, and writes for Hospicare and Palliative Care of Tompkins County. Her writing reflects her forty years as a student of Jungian psychology, mythology, meditation and nature. Until 2011, she was a nutrition and exercise counselor. Since her husband’s death in 2008, her work has focused on healing, finding meaning, and creating a new life after loss. Elaine’s book “Leaning into Love: A Spiritual Journey through Grief” was published by Larson Publications in October 2014. The poet Naomi Shihab Nye wrote, “This magnificent, profoundly moving book gives encouragement and solace to all.”

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Transitioning And Grief After The Death Of A Loved One

My entire life has been peppered with funerals. One thing that I have learned is death is not particularly about age. Our family has lost babies, grandparents and every age in between.

Grief is a strange emotion that is hard to describe. For me, it is as if I have no control over my body. The doctor told me that my father was not coming home from the hospital. For some reason my brain heard the words and intellectually I understood; yet the day I got the dreaded call, my body went into shock. I stood and my legs were too weak to hold me up. It was so surreal, as if I was having an out-of-body experience. My mom's passing was more unexpected and my body acted in the same way. I learned that there is no way to prepare for the passing of a loved one. Grief just takes over as if it has a mind of its own.

I have witnessed a lot of shame and blame after the death of a loved one. "If only I would have......" "I should have......" "If only you would have........." "You should have....." If you believe that there is a divine purpose then there is no reason for shame and blame. If there is a divine purpose for everyone's existence then a person dies when it is time or when they have completed their purpose. I am not here to convert anyone's belief system, as I honor and respect your right to believe what you wish. However, there is nothing positive to gain by shaming and blaming. Nothing will change the result and can only bring more pain.

Transitioning after the death of a family member can bring families closer or tear them apart. Each person grieves in his or her own way. There is no protocol on how to grieve a loss. Typically, men grieve differently than women, which can lead others to judge. Consider that a person not openly displaying great emotion may be hurting as much as someone that is displaying emotion. A member of my family appears to be devastated at every funeral or memorial. Oftentimes the behavior draws attention away from the service and prompts someone to take care of this person.

The loss of my parents was probably the most pain I have ever felt. I was the executor for both parents. Along with my life transitioning from the loss, I was dealing with disagreements and harsh words from siblings. One of the lessons I learned from my experience is; if you are an appointed executor, hire an estate attorney. I had one for both parents and it kept things very clear for others. Words from others may sting, but the attorney keeps everything legal. The last thing an executor needs is a legal battle.

The absolute worse pain that I have witnessed is when someone loses a child. A drunk driver killed my sister's only son Charlie a few days before his 24th birthday. A truck driver ran over and killed my 22-year old cousin Mike while he was riding his motor cycle. My grandmother lost her 16-year old son 2 years before losing her husband.

My cousin Jimmy drowned at 16 years of age. There are many more stories like these. Thankfully, I have not experienced losing a child; yet I know of no greater pain. Transitioning after the death of a child never ends. With each birthday, thoughts of what the child would be doing, how they would look, who would be in their life. The pain dulls over time but never leaves. There are no comforting words to say to a parent, who has lost a child. If someone has suffered a long illness, well meaning people may say," They are out of pain now and with the lord."

However, those words do not help the person that is in grief. A wife who loses a husband is called a widow. A husband who loses a wife is called a widower. A child who loses his parents is called an orphan. But...there is no word for a parent who loses a child, that's how awful the loss is! - Neugeboren 1976, 154 I have witnessed many people transition through the grief of losing their spouse. Each special occasion summons the sadness and draws attention to a time when their spouse was a part of the event. There is such loneliness that follows from the death of a spouse or long-term partner. My mother said the nights are the loneliest. The nights are when I would call her. After I left my ex-husband, I would call mom from my bed and she would talk to me until I was sleepy enough to drift off to sleep.

As stated earlier, there is no protocol for dealing with grief. It is so personal to each person. Please do not tell someone that is grieving "I know how you feel", it is impossible for anyone to know how another person feels even if they have suffered the same type of loss. Consider saying, "I sympathize with your loss." Another helpful thing to say is, "What is one thing I could do for you that would be the biggest help to you during this time?" My mother in law said after her husband died, "Remember his birthday, our anniversary, the anniversary of his death and call me to see how I am doing."

Journaling during my father's illness and after his death gave me great relief. I did the same thing after my mom passed. I would come home, turn on the computer, and just let it all go. I was not particular about the grammar, spelling, or sentence structure, I just released. Also, talking about your loved one keeps their memory alive. My brother and I talk about of mother at least once a week. I wear her favorite necklace around my neck everyday.

For a few days after mom passed I called her house every day, expecting her to pick up the phone. Then I learned to talk to her everyday as if she were sitting next to me. I believe that there is just a thin veil between what we know to be life and where our dearly departed now live and that they can hear us.

Another thing that I have learned when the loved one of a friend or co-worker dies they typically prefer that you not ask them how or why their loved one died. Rather, ask them to tell you about the person. When you engage a person in talking about a lost loved one they seem to come alive with wonderful stories and memories.

After memorial services, I think it is healthy to sit around talking about the deceased; recalling old stories, laughing, and crying. This is the beginning of the healing process. In some cases, the spouse or parent of the deceased will want to get away for a while. When my stepfather died my aunt, sister, mom, and I went to the coast for a few days. My mother slept a lot, which is also a part of the healing process. However, if a person spends an inordinate amount of time sleeping, it could be a sign of depression and may require medical intervention.

So many lovely things are said at memorial services and I often wonder if the deceased knew how much they were loved and appreciated by others. I have heard many people say that they wished they would have told the deceased certain things. I wrote a tribute to my father and mother, which the pastor read. I also wrote them personal notes. If you are not already doing so, consider telling every one you love how very much they mean to you, how they have inspired, lessons you have learned, how much you appreciate, love them, etc. In addition, it is never too late to write a personal note to them. It can be very healing.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

A History Of Presidential Funerals At Washington National Cathedral

Washington National Cathedral has been the location of funerals and memorial services for nearly all the 21 U.S. presidents since Congress approved the Cathedral’s charter in 1893.

For more information visit: http://cathedral.org/history/prominent-services/presidential-funerals/

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Funeral Planning - Creating A Smart End Of Life Plan

Like so many families, when we suffered the loss of my mother last year we faced the difficult decision of what to do next.  Because we were never willing to accept this as a possible outcome, nor did we think about planning in advance for this incomprehensible loss, we had no idea where to begin or who we could turn to. 
Most people tend to overlook one of the greatest gifts you will give your family, which is properly preparing them for the inevitable. At best, you might have started your estate planning process by creating a Will or Trust. However, the harsh reality is that approximately over 70% of Americans have no form of estate plan. So by having a will or Trust, you have clearly taken a step in the right direction toward preplanning your future financial wishes. The problem is, this form of planning fails to accomplish the most important task, which is addressing your family's immediate concerns.
The person, or in most cases people, responsible for taking care of your final arrangements are usually forced to make extremely important decisions, as well as major financial purchases, within a small time frame...usually within approximately 48 hours after your death. Of course, you cannot expect to fully alleviate the emotional and financial stresses of your loved ones during such a difficult time, but you can help themtremendously by having a plan that outlines your funeral wishes.
Most financial professionals are realizing that an integral part of a sound financial and estate plan is taking care of your funeral services ahead of time. Funeral Preplanning gives you the ability to choose your method of disposition, the exact type of services you want, and allows your family to focus more on things such as grieving and recovery. In addition, funeral preplanning is also a good thing for you because it allows you to make extremely important decisions through a calm and clear thought process. Emotionally, it is much more likely that you will create a more rational and logical end-of-life plan.
When preplanning your funeral, here are several general guidelines to begin your preplanning process:
  •         Visit various funeral homes and interview multiple funeral directors
  •         Choose a funeral home and director where you think your family would be most comfortable
  •         Consider bringing family members with you during this selection process  
  •         Be aware and informed of bereavement entitlements such as veterans, unions, fraternities, etc.
  •         Consider religious and moral convictions, and discuss them with your family
  •         Determine your method of disposition (burial, cemetery, entombment, cremation, etc.)
  •         Plan your ceremony considering things like casket viewing, religious aspects, who should be included, etc.
  •         Itemize your costs
  •         The Federal Trade Commission offers a free funeral planning guide titled "Caskets and Burial Vaults" (202-326-2222) which has made it easier for consumers to comparison shop.
The FTC Funeral Rule requires funeral directors to give pricing information over the phone, as well as provide you with a readily available General Price List if you visit them in person. This FTC Funeral Rule also allows you to purchase caskets, which are the single largest funeral expense, from outside vendors without the threat of a carrying charge. For more information about The FTC Funeral Rule, you can visit www.ftc.gov 
What About Paying For Funeral Expenses In Advance?
Although planning your funeral arrangements in advance may help alleviate many of the details, prepaying (also known as prearranging) for your funeral services is a way of taking care of the actual expenses.
Prepaying your funeral or cremation is one of the fastest growing, and most appreciated and accepted aspects of funeral planning. Similar to preplanning your funeral, paying your funeral expenses in advance is also becoming widely accepted by many financial professionals as a solid piece of a sound financial and estate plan.
When prepaying your funeral plan, the most common and widely used strategies are savings and life insurance, mainly because they tend to be deemed the most reliable and readily available. However, there are several other strategies to consider when prepaying your funeral costs or expenses:
Savings Although many people choose to set aside savings to pay for funeral expenses, there are several reasons this does not always end up working out as originally planned. First, the savings can be depleted based on unexpected financial circumstances, such as health or financial issues. Second, these funds are not always readily available and liquid upon death due to the challenges and restrictions often found in estate planning. Third, the funds set aside can often be insufficient due to inflation and the rising cost of funeral expenses. Finally, it should be noted that savings are included in a part of one's estate, and, thus, the taxable consequences can often come into play.
Life Insurance Term Life Insurance is widely considered to be a flexible, simple, and affordable way to pay for your final funeral expenses. Although Term Life Insurance has a set term, or set number of years, it also has multiple uses in prepaying for your funeral. Because upon your death it becomes a liquid asset that is usually not part of your estate, it can be used for many things such as funeral, burial, cremation, liquidity, and many other things, including debts or obligations.
In addition, there are some types of life insurance that allow the funds contributed to these policies (either in lump sum, monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually) to grow and accumulate as a cash value that can be accessed if necessary. Therefore, these policies can not only be used for funeral expenses, but also for other financial planning options that may arise such as financial emergencies, college, etc.
Funeral Insurance Funeral insurance is an insurance policy which is specifically designed to cover any costs or expenses which are directly related to your funeral. If you purchase one of these policies, one of the options you have is to determine exactly which funeral costs or expenses are to be covered, such as flowers, burial plot, grave marker, and much more. Another option you have is for the policy to be paid out in a single lump-sum, which can be used to cover your pre-determined costs or expenses, or simply help your loved ones financially as they plan for you. There are many insurance companies that offer funeral insurance packages, and certain funeral homes or funeral companies also offer policies. 
Pre-Need Trust Agreements Another alternative to prepaying your funeral is to consider a Pre-Need Trust Agreement to pay for your costs or expenses. Generally speaking, these Trust accounts are typically funded with monthly payments that are invested in a fund which is designed to grow over time. Although a Trust account is designed to provide the potential for protection against inflation, it is not guaranteed to do so.
In summary, although nobody likes to think or talk about dying, it is one of the facts of life we all must eventually face. If you are trying to build a successful financial plan, the only way you can be sure your plan works smoothly and efficiently is to be proactive about your planning process. This is particularly true and necessary when creating a proper plan of succession, which I firmly believe should include an end-of-life plan.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

The Benefits Of Grief Support Within A Group Experience

Grief turns out to be a place none of us know until we reach it. We anticipate that someone close to us could die, but we do not look beyond the few days or weeks that immediately follow such an imagined death... No one can know ahead of the fact [and here lies the heart of the difference between grief as we imagine it and grief as it is] the unending absence that follows, the void, the very opposite of meaning, the relentless succession of moments during which we will confront the experience of meaninglessness itself.

Joan Didion. The Year of Magical Thinking. New York: Random House, 2005. pp.188-9

This passage reflects the overwhelming initial reaction of many to the loss of someone they love. The goal of a grief support group is to assist grieving individuals through the process of coping with this sense of meaninglessness. Engaging in this painful process within a group dynamic offers several unique opportunities for the grieving individual.

First and foremost, the company of others who are also grieving is enormously comforting. When we have lost someone, we are usually "allowed" a reasonable period of time to feel sad, after which a simmering impatience emerges, as others deem it is time for us to "get on with living." The beauty of the support group is that there is no impatience with the grieving process, which often continues well beyond society's acceptable "timeline" for grieving.

Second, grieving individuals need opportunities to tell their stories again and again. They need to feel safe to explore the painstaking details of their loss experience in order to begin to make sense of it. Group members understand and support this need. They often ask questions of one another, and are able to empathize in ways that only another grieving individual could.

While each individual's grief journey is uniquely their own-based on their relationship with the one who died and the circumstances of the death-there are many features of the grieving process that are universally experienced. The opportunity to sit with and share with others the sorrow and confusion that comes from grieving can serve as reassurance and comfort that the individual is not alone.

Additionally, recognizing one's own feelings in another who is also grieving offers comfort and confirmation that "I am (in fact) not going crazy," which is how many grieving people describe their early grief experience. Reports of confusion, distractibility, poor concentration, difficulty making decisions and emotional instability are common reactions to loss. In isolation, many are unaware that these experiences are a natural part of the grieving process.

Few people have the luxury of taking the time they truly need for their grief work. Families, jobs and other daily responsibilities are not able to be put "on hold" while we grieve. Being able to sit with others on a regular basis-as is offered through a group experience-often is the only time many find in which to actively allow themselves to process all that they are experiencing.

Because the group is composed of individuals with varying lengths of time passed since their loss, members are able to see others who may be a few steps ahead of them on their grief journey. This experience allows them hope that it can be done; that someone can traverse the incredible pain they are feeling-and survive. Likewise, there is tremendous reward in serving the needs of another grieving individual, and in recognizing how far we may have come ourselves. Group work provides this perspective on our own journey as well as, offering hope for others.

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Friday, January 6, 2017

4 Simple Steps For Funeral Planning: When And Where To Start

Funerals are something we all come across in our lives. We attend many a funeral and sometimes we simply wonder "What does it take to Plan a Funeral?".

Planning a funeral may seem like a daunting task given the number of options and choices available to one today. Many feel intimidated by the complexity and sheer number of choices offered by the commercial funeral industry, making us unsure about the "Right" thing to do. Most of us wouldn't even know where to start, or what questions to ask. The commercial funeral industry can be confusing but finding a simple and cost effective way of honoring our deceased loved ones doesn't have to be a rocket science. Remember that it is always your choice whether to have a simple disposition or an elaborate funeral. The type of your funeral should be dictated by your taste, beliefs and budget and not the other way round. You have no Obligation to satisfy anyone else's ideas or requirements as to what is correct and what should and shouldn't be done. The following steps will provide you with a guideline to follow when planning a funeral for yourself or for someone else. Also remember you can get the best out of these steps if you plan in advance of death.

Step 1: Funeral Planning is a Family Issue

Death comes to all of us, and as a family it is important to discuss these issues as a family. Families discuss weddings, home-buying, college, parties etc so why not funerals? Avoiding the critical discussion about death will not save us from its inevitability, but instead make it painful and most often than not expensive for those bereaved. Carrying out funeral planning as a part of normal life can actually help families bear the pain of a lost loved one.

Step 2: Know and Understand your Options

Most people have little to no idea on what they can and cannot do. While the commercial funeral industry promotes what it calls "Traditional Funerals", we must understand that these are merely commercial inventions which are not so practiced outside North America. List out your options, make sure they fit into your budget and other preferences, and select what you think is best suited for the funeral. As mentioned beforehand it is always up to you to choose what you feel is best.

Step 3: Shopping

A funeral may be simple and inexpensive or more elaborate and costly, but unless you plan ahead and shop around a little it is most likely that you will end up spending a more than you actually need. Surveys carried out in this regard have shown that people don't usually shop around that much, instead they just pick the funeral home closest to them or the one their family has always used. It is always better to shop around and the best place to start is your local funeral consumer group. These volunteer groups can usually recommend reasonably priced funeral homes and other related service providers.

Step 4: Connecting the Dots

Once you've listed out all the options available to you and done a good amount of shopping, it is finally time to bring them all to the discussion table. Show them what you have found and express your opinions about what and how things should be done. Share the information such as funeral home prices etc. Don't forget to put your plans in writing. This is most important since it will help in clearly organizing what needs to be done and how.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

You're Not Alone

With our online grief support you’re assured of our commitment to helping you through this difficult time. It doesn’t matter what time of day, or what day of the week you need support, we're here for you. You can find local counseling services, or watch our interactive videos, anytime: 24/7. No matter how you feel at this moment, you have our commitment - you're never alone.