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Details About Dying Without a Will

A will outlines a person’s last wishes and is usually focused on their estate. Often, the will does not include what funeral arrangements the deceased had decided on, but it will clearly identify the person who can make decisions for their funeral. Some decisions are evident in the absence of a will, while others can

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What to Say to the Bereaved and What Not to Say

It might feel daunting to approach a grieving family member, but you have gone to a funeral to pay your respects to the departed, offer support to the family, or share your memories; all of these are perfect reasons to speak to those who are grieving. While each situation, and every person, is different, the

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Etiquette of a Live Streamed Funeral

A live streamed funeral is one that is broadcasted through an online meeting portal, such as Zoom or Google. The benefit of live streaming is that when people cannot be present for a funeral service, they can still acknowledge the deceased, process their grief, and be a part of the service. When a funeral is

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How to Live Stream a Funeral

Whether to live stream a funeral or not is at the discretion of the deceased’s family. While attending the funeral is the best option for acknowledging the loss and personally delivering condolences, live streaming is a wonderful alternative. Live streaming allows the observation of, or participation in, the funeral service by those who might not

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Sending Funeral and Sympathy Flowers

Funeral and sympathy flowers are both sent to offer your condolences. We encourage you to do what feels right for you when deciding to send flowers but offer a few guidelines to make it easier to choose when and what to send. Before making any decisions, we suggest you read the obituary. In some, you

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What Are Some Unspoken Rules At A Funeral?

People are often uncomfortable with the idea of attending a funeral. They struggle with what to say, what to wear, how to express their grief, and how to act. However, there are a few simple rules to make the event less stressful, regardless of whether it’s a funeral, celebration of life, or memorial service. Most

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Funeral Pre-Planning Checklist

Pre-planning your final arrangements can help to save your family from the burden of making decisions during a difficult time. It can also help to ensure that all of your final wishes are laid out and planned ahead. You can choose to prepay for your arrangements as well which makes things very simple for your

How To Know If You Should Attend A Funeral

How To Know If You Should Attend A Funeral

If you knew the deceased or a member of the family, the answer is that it’s always better to attend the funeral. After many years of planning and overseeing funerals, our team has almost always found that a family appreciates that people made the effort to be there for them and to honour their loved

What Should I Wear To A Funeral

What Should I Wear To A Funeral?

In the past, the rules around what you should wear to a funeral were quite clear. Formal and black attire was expected. As times change, these are both still safe bets, but many families also feel comfortable with a more relaxed dress code. Business casual is now the most common attire seen at funerals. There

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What Is Involved In A Traditional Burial?

When sharing more information about a particular element of the process of laying a loved one to rest, we are always careful to ensure that we communicate that though there is a “traditional” way of doing things, all that means is that it is common or what is often depicted in movies. Burial and cremation

Show Your Support For A Grieving Family

How Can You Show Your Support For A Grieving Family?

When a loved one has passed away, most families will need help and support of some kind. These are the times we lean on our friends and support network the most. Working through grief is about so much more than getting through the funeral and the first few weeks afterward. While many people know how

What To Expect At A Funeral

What To Expect At A Funeral

If you are attending a funeral service for the first time, it can be helpful to know ahead of time what to expect. Funerals deal with difficult emotions and it can create nervousness and anxiety for some people if they do not quite know what to expect or how to behave. In order to help