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Virtual Funerals, Here’s What You Need to Know for the New Normal

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The safe way to attend a funeral, online.

Like most of you, I’ve never been advised to “shelter in place” and the term “social distancing” was not a part of my vernacular. But the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed all that, and many of our loved ones, especially our elders or those with compromised immune systems, are in danger.

How are we going to celebrate their lives should they succumb to the virus in the coming days, weeks and months? How are we going to honor those who will pass away by natural causes, or sadly, by tragedy during these times when gathering together is not possible? The populations who will most likely die in the largest proportion are going to be the elderly. Therefore the people who would have been attending the funeral or life celebration are also going to be 60 years or older. The elderly population with underlying health issues is most susceptible to this virus. Clearly the last thing we need is coming together and putting people at risk. At the same time, surrounding one another is exactly what we need in times of sorrow.

It’s crucial to give ourselves, as well as the family and friends of the departed, a time and place to grieve. Experts are saying this virus may be around for months. Where is the best place to do this to insure the safety of all? The answer is virtually on your phone, tablet or computer. Continue reading

Might You Wish You Had A Funeral Photographer?

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Nibs Southall treasures this photo taken as her husband’s casket was put into a hearse. She often reflects back on this image and the tattoo with his initial showing on her neck.

A recent BBC news article explores a growing interest in funeral photography, and the featured woman’s story inspired me to write this post. The woman, Nibs Southall, explains in the article that she often looks back at the photos of her husband Nick’s funeral—and that there’s one to which she always returns. In the picture (see above), she sees herself facing the hearse, back to the camera. The tattoo on her back, which Nick had too, reads “N”. Suited men flank her on either side. The solemn scene is broken by their wide grins. Continue reading

How Do I Make A Funeral More Personal?

A few years ago, my paternal grandmother passed away after a long and grueling illness – first battling breast cancer and later leukemia. She was a strong woman and put up a good fight, never letting her diagnosis or treatment keep her from enjoying everyday life. But, in 2014, the doctors ran out of options and she ran out of time. After a brief hospice stay, she passed away in early November – with grandpa holding her hand.

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3 Cool Funeral Ideas

Are you looking for some cool funeral ideas that will turn the funeral you are planning into a memorable celebration of life?

1. Use Memory Stones to Create a Special Tribute

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Cool Funeral idea, have guests write a tribute on memory stones

Use memory stones as a guest book. At the memorial service friends and family are invited to write on the memory stones. You can then keep the stones and remember the tributes people made to your loved one.  The memory stones would be nice to add to the base of a plant in your home or garden. It’s a beautiful way to keep the memory of the departed alive. You can find memorial memory stones here. Continue reading

Funeral or Legacy Instead? Anna Dewdney Chooses to Create A Legacy

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Writer Anna Dewdney asks people to celebrate her life by reading a book to a child.

One of the glaring changes in the end of life arena is the change in emphasis from whether to bury or cremate to how to create a legacy.

Before the 1975 only 6% of the US population was cremated, but today it’s about 45%. With the emphasis being less about caskets, body viewing, tombstones and buying a  grave site, the new focus is how to create a legacy.  I’m seeing baby boomers in some way, even a small way, wanting to leave a mark on the people who knew them and perhaps even those who didn’t.   Continue reading