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Grave Monuments Around the Globe: Exploring Cultural Differences and Similarities

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Grave monuments, often seen as an expression of respect and remembrance for the deceased, vary significantly across different cultures. These tangible symbols of memory serve not only as markers of burial sites but also reflect a society's beliefs, customs, and artistic sensibilities. The Western Tradition: From Obelisks to Angels In the Western world, gravestone designs encompass a broad spectrum. Early American headstones, for instance, frequently featured morbid imagery such as skulls, signifying the omnipresence of death.

19 October 2023

Grave Monument Company — Helpful Selection Tips For Families

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If you plan to bury a loved one after they pass on, you may want to go all out with their grave monument. To do so with success, you'll need help from a monument company. You can find a great fit if you take the following advice. Make Sure They Can Do Everything You Want You might want to do several things to the grave monument to make it more unique and personal.

12 June 2023

When Should You Hold A Funeral? 5 Questions To Answer

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Funerals or memorials are intended not only to honor the deceased person but also to help the surviving loved ones find closure. But when should you hold your loved one's funeral? Or even your own, if you are pre-planning? Here are a few key factors to help guide you to the right timing.  1. What Did the Person Want?  Always consider the deceased when planning their funeral. If there is a will or other documents that guide you in their express wishes, abide by these as closely as possible.

3 March 2023

Tips For Choosing The Right Casket

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If you choose a traditional burial for a loved one, the funeral homes will present you with numerous caskets choices. Many people choose their burial containers simply based on color and price. While there is nothing wrong with this method, understanding the differences in materials and construction can sometimes help you better understand caskets at higher price points. Here are a few tips on what to consider when choosing this vessel.

1 November 2022

What Can Be Done With Ashes After Cremation?

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When a loved one passes away and has made plans for cremation, it can often be difficult to determine what to do with the cremains. Cremation is becoming far more common, however, and numerous innovative methods have arisen to celebrate a loved one's life. There's no need to settle for an urn sitting on a mantle any longer—instead, you can opt for memorial art, jewelry, or another special way to remember your loved one.

15 August 2022

Important Discussions To Have With A Funeral Home Director Before Your Time Of Need Arrives

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For most people, visits to a funeral home are limited to attending funerals and visitation services for friends, acquaintances, and loved ones. Few understand the potential benefits they might experience by making an appointment to meet with a funeral director without the events being cloaked by the feelings and emotions that so often accompany the loss of a loved one. If you are wondering how you might benefit from having a scheduled appointment to meet with a funeral director, here are some points to consider.

13 June 2022

Short on Money for Funeral Arrangements?

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If you have a loved one who just passed away, and you are in charge of the funeral arrangements but are a little short on money, here are a few ways that you can save money on expenses while still arranging a respectful and beautiful funeral for your loved one. #1: Purchase an Inexpensive Casket One of the best ways to save money on funeral expenses is by opting for a less expensive casket.

16 December 2016

7 Tips To Choosing The Right Funeral Home

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Losing a loved one is difficult enough without all of the decision making regarding funeral services you will have to make. Hopefully, these seven tips can make selecting the right funeral home a little easier. Shop Around Funeral homes can provide you information on the phone for your convenience. Some offer package deals if you choose specific options. It isn't required by law for a written list to be provided by mail, but many homes will send the information to you in advance if you are shopping for prices ahead of the time needed for service.

2 August 2016

Choosing Cremation And A Military Funeral: What You Need To Know

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Veterans have certain benefits bestowed upon them, and those rights include burial benefits. While many people think of casket burials at military funerals, cremation can also be chosen as an option. Here are a few things you should know about choosing cremation and arranging for a military service at your loved one's funeral. The Flag Remains Folded During a military funeral where a casket is present, the flag is draped over the casket until such time as it is folded and presented to a family member.

27 July 2016

Things To Consider When Choosing A Final Resting Place

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Part of successful funeral preplanning is choosing your final resting place. In many cases, this may be your first task, since some funeral homes are affiliated with specific cemeteries. The following checklist will help you pick a final resting place that will fit with you and your family's needs. Do you need a specific cemetery type? Cemeteries come in four main varieties: Religious cemeteries. These are typically tied to a specific church or religious affiliation.

14 July 2016