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5 Ways to Make Your Funeral Anything but Ordinary

June 29th, 2016 by Passare


Plan a creative funeral service for yourself or a loved one with these tips and ideas In the past, every funeral followed pretty much the same formula. But if no two people are alike, why should their funerals be the same? A funeral can be as special and as memorable as the individual being honored. […]

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A Fisherman’s Farewell

February 2nd, 2016 by Passare


Among the many benefits of planning ahead is the chance to create a meaningful experience that incorporates the things you hold dear and the people you shared them with. In this blog, we discuss several creative ideas for making a funeral service more special and meaningful by incorporating your hobbies and interests, especially for those […]

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How to Write an Obituary

January 22nd, 2016 by Passare


An obituary is a public notice of death that includes service details, a list of relatives, and biographical information about the individual’s life. When you write an obituary, it is also your opportunity to share the story of your loved one’s life—what they valued, cherished, and loved the most.

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Creative Ideas for Personalizing a Funeral

November 9th, 2015 by Passare


Have you ever attended a funeral in the past that left you feeling worse than when you arrived? Maybe the funeral was too impersonal and didn’t reflect the life of the one you loved so much. Often, the extent to which services are personalized for the individual directly affects the comfort, hope, and closure experienced […]

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Grief Expressions & the Possibility of Complicated Grief

October 14th, 2015 by Passare


The expression of grief is one of the oldest and most universal experiences in life. Sometimes expressions of grief and mourning fit into a cultural or religious context. At other times, grief is a highly personal and individual experience. One of the disadvantages of dealing with grief on your own is that it can be […]

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How to Plan a Green Funeral

September 15th, 2015 by Passare


The natural (or green) burial movement is based on the belief that death care practices don’t have to be harmful to the environment. Even cremation, which many consider to be more environmentally friendly than traditional burial, is really more of a gray area than a green option. The following ideas may help you consider how […]

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How Personal Rituals Can Help Alleviate Grief

July 16th, 2015 by Passare


The car was washed once a week when he was alive. Now that he was gone, his wife continued the tradition, even though she didn’t drive the car herself. Another bereaved spouse whose wife had passed away years before remembered her by continuing to go to the hairdresser’s on the first Saturday of every month, […]

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3 Reasons People Plan Ahead for Funeral Wishes

July 14th, 2015 by Passare

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Most people know that it’s important to plan ahead for retirement, weddings, education expenses, and purchasing a home…but not many people think about planning ahead for a funeral. For every other milestone in life, we will have the support of our closest loved ones every step of the way. But funerals are different. Unless a […]

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Have the Talk of a Lifetime

July 8th, 2015 by Passare

Talk of a lifetime

Planning for end of life issues can be a very sensitive subject to bring up with family and close friends. But it’s a talk that can make the difference between having a good goodbye or a tragically complex and difficult road ahead.

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