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Can I Scatter My Loved One’s Ashes at a National Park?

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Choosing to be cremated is an important decision for many people. For some, it’s because they want their loved ones to be able to carry a reminder of them everywhere they go. For others, they simply don’t want to be buried. And for some people, it’s because they have a very specific idea of where they want their ashes scattered. While some people may elect to have their ashes scattered at sea, or in their country of origin, many people decide that they want their ashes to be spread inside a national park. They may have a deep connection to…

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7 Tips for Writing an Obituary

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An obituary is often the last record of a person’s life; it’s a place where all their accomplishments and interests are collected in one column for all the world to see. If you’re faced with writing an obituary for a loved one – or even yourself, if you so choose – the challenge is always balancing the facts with interesting tidbits. And knowing just how much space you have to work with. Here are 7 tips for writing an obituary: Know Your Limits Many newspapers that run obituaries charge a premium for fancy write-ups, sometimes per word or per letter….

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6 Tips for Proper Cemetery Etiquette

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Visiting a cemetery means you’re entering a place where people come to grieve and remember their loved ones who have passed. Because of this, it’s important to maintain proper etiquette when visiting any cemetery. Here are 6 tips for maintaining proper cemetery etiquette, whether it’s your first time visiting one or you’ve been many times: Understand the Rules All cemeteries have slightly different rules, especially when it comes to leaving remembrances or the hours that visitors are permitted. Many cemeteries have websites that list a lot of the crucial information you’ll need when visiting, but you also can call the…

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How to Protect a Memorial Marker in Winter

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Headstones and memorial markers are made of stone for a reason: They’re built to last decades. However, time and harsh weather conditions lead to degradation and weathering of headstones, making them more brittle and more difficult to read. If you want to help protect your loved one’s headstone during the cold winter months, here are some things you can do: Clean Annually All headstones, regardless of material used for construction, should be cleaned once per year. If your loved one’s headstone is located where it routinely gets dirty and grimy, you may need to switch to cleaning the stone twice…

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5 Things to Remember When Preparing a Will

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Drafting a will is an important part of preparing your affairs so your loved ones have less to deal with when you pass away. It’s an important document to have prepared and ready, decreasing the stress and worry your family may face. And while the focus may be on determining who receives what assets in your will, there are several other things you must keep in mind during the will-making process. If you’re preparing your will, here are 5 things you need to keep in mind: Don’t Completely DIY It Your will is much more than just a listing of…

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What’s Involved in the Cremation Process?

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Cremation is becoming an increasingly more popular choice for Americans, with more than 50 percent of people who died in 2019 being cremated. And while those numbers are increasing steadily, many people still don’t fully understand what choosing cremation means and, as a result, they shy away from it. To help demystify cremation a bit, here’s what’s involved in the cremation process: Identification & Authorization The first step toward cremating a body is proper identification by the facility performing the cremation. Authorization to cremate the body must also be obtained, usually through consent from the deceased’s family. Identification differs from…

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Should I Buy a Memorial Marker in Advance?

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Pre-planning and pre-paying for funeral arrangements has become more common in recent years, with individuals not wanting to burden their loved ones with the stress and cost of arranging a funeral and burial. While most people think of purchasing a burial plot, selecting a funeral home, and even planning a memorial service prior to their death, sometimes they don’t select a memorial marker. If you’re pre-planning your own services, or helping a loved one prepare their plans, you may wonder if it’s worthwhile to purchase a headstone in advance. Advantages of Pre-Purchasing a Headstone Pre-purchasing your headstone comes with its…

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How to Memorialize a Loved One Who Asked for No Funeral

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Everyone mourns differently, and everyone wants to be memorialized differently when they die. For some people, this means asking their friends and family to not go to the trouble of planning and hosting funeral services. As one of those people left behind, it can be difficult to think about sending your loved one off from this earthly life without a gathering of family and friends, where you remember and celebrate the life of the person you’ve lost. This situation may leave you wondering: How can I memorialize a loved one who asked for no funeral? Does There Have to Be…

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What Is the Custom Memorial Etching Process?

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When choosing a memorial marker for a loved one, many families elect to include at least some custom element, such as an image, to make the stone feel more personal. As the technology and equipment available to memorial engravers, the ability to create beautiful, customized markers increases. What began as simple symbols and figures has now evolved into complex, detailed portraits and scenes that allow families to select a lasting remembrance of their loved one. If you’ve ever considered a custom memorial etching, read on to learn a little more about the process when creating one of these beautiful pieces:…

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5 Reasons You Should Choose a Family Business over a Corporation for Your Loved One’s Headstone

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You have a lot of choices when deciding on a headstone or memorial for your loved one.  One of the first choices you’ll have is to decide whether to work with a small, family-owned company over a larger corporation. As a family-owned business, we always appreciate all the support we have received from the community over the years, and we hope to continue to earn your business. Here are 5 great reasons you should work with a family-owned business over a corporation for your loved one’s headstone or memorial marker: Trust Family-owned businesses work hard to earn the trust of…

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