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HOW TO SAY THE RIGHT THING AT A FUNERAL

First, take a deep breath and relax. We all worry that we’ll say the wrong thing. Second, know that you don’t have to be eloquent. While we wish it were so, you can’t make everything all better with a few words. Here are a few simple ideas to keep in mind to be sure you say the right thing when attending a funeral....READ MORE

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GRIEF IS INDIVIDUAL

Let’s talk about the stages of grief. There is denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. I studied them in nursing school, reviewed them when I got divorced and generally found them to be a pretty accurate and helpful bit of knowledge. And then, a family member died. Stages? In our house it was more like w...READ MORE

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HOW TO THANK A VETERAN

Three hundred and sixty five days a year, twenty-four hours a day, rain or shine, hot or cold, from the year 1776 to present day, they’re serving our country.  They are our veterans and November 11th is the official day that we honor and thank them each year.     So what can you do to show your appreciation?  Here are...READ MORE

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HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY FUNERAL PREPLANNING MEETING?

First, relax. Talking about your funeral plans might make you a little uncomfortable at first but making a plan doesn’t mean you will be using it anytime soon. Your funeral director or advance planner will guide you through the process. Most people get very comfortable in just a few minutes. Do consider bringing someo...READ MORE

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IT'S NOT REALLY A FUNERAL PLAN IF IT'S NOT AT THE FUNERAL HOME

Can I just say that funerals stick in the mind of a loved one years after a death? It’s important that you get it right. Please don’t put your wishes in the drawer with the rest of your files. Oh, and that thing where you tell the kids what you want. That’s not the best either. Here’s what often happens: The plan in t...READ MORE

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