Grief at the Holidays: 7 Ideas to Help You Cope

7 Ideas to Help You Through Grief at the Holidays No matter when a death occurs, holidays are particularly difficult to navigate.  Holiday memories of past joys are particularly cutting when we are currently grieving....

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Helping a Parent Through Grief: A Daughter’s Guide

Helping a Parent Through Grief: A Daughter’s Guide When my father died my mother found herself alone for the first time in nearly 60 years. Since meeting at 18 they had done everything together, from college to first jobs to big moves, all underscored by a mutual thirst for adventure…...

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The Complete Guide to Burials

When a loved one dies, one of the immediate next steps is planning the burial. Even those who opt for cremation may choose a cemetery burial, making this a critical consideration for virtually everyone. While it may seem overwhelming at first, with Gardens of Memory Cemetery’s simple step-by-step planning guide, you’ll…...

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5 Things to Say to Someone Who’s Grieving

Though we’re all well acquainted with how to celebrate happy occasions with people, sad ones are more fraught with worry. It’s sad, it’s awkward, and it’s hard to know what exactly to say when someone you know experiences a loss. Whether it’s a friend, coworker or acquaintance, it’s hard for…...

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10 Things You Can Do When Someone You Know Suffers a Loss

After a lifetime of helping families with final arrangements, we can tell you that the most frequent questions we get aren’t about headstones, caskets, memorial services, or burials. When people ask those questions, what they really want to know is: “What do I do?” and “What can I say?” The…...

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What To Wear To A Funeral

With funeral traditions changing so quickly, what to wear has become a very common question. In the 1970s, for example, it was unthinkable not to wear your traditional best to a funeral. Men wore a suit, or jacket and tie), and women wore conservative black dresses. Wearing your best clothing…...

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The Complete Guide to Cremation

Planning a cremation doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated. You can learn everything you need to know with our simple and comprehensive guide to cremation....

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How to Write a Eulogy: 3 Tips to Creating a Heartfelt Tribute

How to Write a Eulogy: 3 Tips for Creating a Heartfelt Tribute When Steve Jobs’ sister Mona Simpson delivered his eulogy she began with herself, explaining her life before she first met her brother at the age of 25. Mona was raised by a single mother and unaware she had…...

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Choosing Sympathy Flowers: Flowers & Their Meanings

You don’t have to be a professional florist to know what flowers to include in your sympathy arrangement. Here is a guide on how to choose sympathy flowers, including types of flowers to send and their meanings. Food and flowers can bring a measure of comfort to those grieving the…...

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What to Write in a Sympathy Note

What to Write in a Sympathy Note The sympathy note that goes along with a floral arrangement or one that you write in a card you send in the mail has one simple rule, says the Emily Post Institute: Say what you truly feel. Many of us are afraid we’re…...

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