What Not to Do With a Hard-to-Read Headstone


While stone may be one of the strongest natural materials available, it's not impervious to damage. As a result, all headstones will suffer some level of deterioration over time. Unfortunately, without proper care, some headstones can become so worn that they're impossible to read. There are many common methods out there for making a weathered gravestone easier to read, but not all of them work. In fact, some can actually do further (and sometimes irreparable) damage to the stone.

3 November 2018

Finding the Right Funeral Director for Your Own Funeral


Funeral directors can vary quite a bit from one business to the next, which is something not many people think about unless they're in the process of arranging a funeral. Because of this, and because funerals are a deeply personal thing, it's good if you can find the director who feels right for you and the deceased.  Even though planning your own funeral has become a more common thing to do, people don't often go as far as finding a funeral director.

21 August 2018

5 Things to Do When Preparing a Funeral


Planning a decent send-off for your loved one honours their memory and eases the grieving process. While this trying moment is awash with a range of emotions, someone has to take charge so the funeral preparations can run seamlessly. Here are five things to do when preparing to lay your dear one to rest. Make Notifications Informing the necessary people about the demise of their friend, colleague, neighbour, golf buddy, etc.

20 February 2018

Three Alternatives to a Traditional Gravestone


When looking to commemorate the life of a loved one, it can be hard to decide on an appropriate cemetery monument or memorial. In many cases, a traditional gravestone or plaque might not feel quite right. If this is the case, considering some more unconventional options could help you to settle on the perfect monument. Listed below are three suggestions, along with ideas for designs and engravings. When making your choice, think carefully about your loved one and how you want to remember them.

27 July 2017

How to Write a Touching Eulogy


When a loved one dies, you might be asked to write them a eulogy. A eulogy is a short speech, often given during the funeral service, that speaks of the deceased, shares personal memories and helps others embrace the giving process. Here are some tips for writing a touching a memorable eulogy. Make the Eulogy Personal A common mistake people make when writing eulogies is trying to be too formal or make it sound like an obituary.

28 January 2016

Common Funeral Director Terminology


If you have recently suffered the death of a loved one, and you are about to deal with a funeral director for the first time, you may be confused by some of the words he will use related to the funeral and the planning process. So to help you out, here are some common terms that funeral directors use on a frequent basis: Death Certificate -- A funeral director may reference a death certificate, which is a legal document that confirms the death of your loved one and the burial date.

2 July 2015

Whole Body Donation


Many people choose to donate some of their organs when they die by signing up to an organ donation scheme while they're still in good health.  However, if you like the idea of others being able to benefit from your whole body when you die, you might like to consider donating yourself to science.  Preparation If you decide that you'd like to donate your body to medical science, you must notify your next of kin and the executor of your will in writing.

25 June 2015