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Questions to Ask About Gravestones

Choosing a gravestone can be difficult. There are so many options and then you have to decide what to write on it. By asking the right questions, you will be able to make an informed decision, picking the perfect gravestone.

Here are some questions to ask about gravestones

  • What is it made of? Though most headstones are made of granite, bronze is also a popular choice. Though the cemetery may have regulations which determine which you use, both will give you and your loved ones a beautiful memorial for years to come.
  • What is the difference between bronze and granite headstones? Both bronze and granite make beautiful gravestones so the choice is really up to you. They are both made to last. The major difference is that bronze headstones are easier to maintain at the cemetery, making them a popular choice.
  • What is the price? Even if price is not a problem, it is really important to compare gravestones based on price. You don’t want to get the cheapest one but you don’t necessarily have to buy the most expensive. Find something that you can afford, that will last for many years.
  • Can you pre-order gravestones? Gravestones can be pre-ordered. This allows you to pay for the stone at today’s cost, instead of the cost in the future when you need it.

It can be hard to buy a gravestone. There are so many choices and that doesn’t even include figuring out what to write on it! Look at many different options until you are sure that you are happy. Then, make sure that you contact the cemetery to ensure that you are following all of their rules.

Contact usto help you find the perfect gravestone.

Thanks for reading,
Karen

3 Ways to Remember a Loved One after a Green Burial

Natural, or green, burials, have developed some steam over the years. If your loved one has requested a green burial in which they are buried without a traditional casket or stone, this does not mean that you cannot still find ways to remember him or her. These tips will help you create a memorial that speaks to your relationship and your loved one’s wishes.

1. You can still hold a funeral.

A green burial does not have to mean that you do not hold a funeral. You can still opt to use a casket and other funeral services during this time. A casket can be cremated, even if your loved one has chosen to be buried in a green space without a traditional container.

2. You can put a memorial stone somewhere else.

Even though green cemeteries do not typically allow memorial stones in place, you can still purchase a stone to place elsewhere, whether it is in a traditional cemetery or in a backyard. It is often helpful to have a place to go where you can reminisce about your loved one, and a monument may be the best way to do this.

3. You can pay for a memorial bench.

It is common for parks and other public spaces to allow individuals to purchase memorials for benches. Your loved one’s bench will provide a place to sit and remember him or her, and you can even place a plaque at the site. If you don’t have a public space in your area, you may choose to purchase a bench, plaque, or stone for your own property.

It is not uncommon for families and friends to combine traditional and modern funeral techniques to create a memorial or funeral that everybody is happy with. A green burial is a great way to show love for the environment, but this does not mean you do not have ways to create a memorial for your loved one as well. If you have questions about caskets and memorial stones, contact us today to learn more about your options.

Thanks for reading,
Karen

Questions to Ask Before Buying a Casket

Buying a casket, though everyone has to think about it at some point, is not something that most people talk about. For this reason, it can be hard to figure out what you need. It is important that you take your time and ask the right questions so that you get exactly what you need.

Here are some questions to ask about caskets.

What is it made of? Caskets can be made of many different materials, including wood, steel, semi-precious metals, and much more.

How much does your casket weigh? Since caskets are made out of many different things and there are many options, which may change the weight, it can be hard to know exactly how much one will weigh. Generally, most of them range between one and three hundred pounds.

What is the price? Though you shouldn’t choose a casket based on price, it is still important to know what each option will cost you. Don’t be afraid to ask about all of the extra costs to ensure that you can compare them correctly.

Why are caskets bought other places cheaper than the ones at the funeral homes? When you buy a casket from another source, you are usually buying it from a supplier which cuts out the middle man and lowers the cost!

If I buy a casket elsewhere, will the funeral home accept it? The law ensures that a funeral home has to take any casket, no matter where it is bought from.

What happens if you buy a casket pre-need? There are several options. If you purchase it before you need it, when the time comes, your funeral home or casket company will provide the casket. You can also store the casket yourself, though you need to make sure that it is safe from the elements and keep it in a climate-controlled environment.

Buying a casket can be confusing, especially if you were not expecting the death. It is important that you ask the right questions so that you can get the perfect casket for you or your loved one.

Contact us for any questions that you may have about caskets.

Thanks for reading,

Karen

Questions To Ask When Planning a Memorial

Memorial planning can be quite confusing, especially when the death was unexpected. There are often a lot of decisions that need to be made, and most of them are needed right away. However, it can be really hard without some help.

Here are some questions to ask when you are planning a memorial?

What is the basic service fee? This is a fee that funeral homes have to charge you. It helps to compensate them on the time and paperwork that is involved with planning. It can also help cover other funeral home costs, such as upkeep.

What is direct burial? A direct burial is when a burial happens without a visitation, generally less than two days after death. There may be a small graveside gathering or memorial service. Usually family can request a private viewing that must be done quickly because embalming is not done.

What is direct cremation? This is like a direct burial where there is no visitation prior to the cremation. Most of the time, there is no church service either, though you can have a gathering at the crematorium. You can also opt for a memorial service in a church or other place of special meaning at any time after death.

What is a visitation? A visitation is a time where family and friends can come to pay their respects. The casket can be either open or closed, depending on the wishes of the deceased (or family).

What is a traditional funeral? This typically means that a visitation and a church service will be completed, followed by the burial at the cemetery.

Do you have to do a traditional funeral? No, you don’t. You can do whatever you want. You can just have a visitation or a simple ceremony at the graveside or crematorium. You don’t have to do anything. Whatever you want to do is up to you.

It can be hard to make decisions about memorial planning. However, you can do whatever you want. If you want a small service or you want the full traditional funeral, you can have the service that would make you or your loved one happy.

Contact us for any questions that you may have about memorial planning.

Thanks for reading,

Karen

Questions to Ask About Cremation Urns

For many years everyone had to get buried but now, if you want, you can be cremated. Since not many people were cremated until recently, cremation urns are rarely talked about. There are many options available and it can be quite confusing when you are trying to buy one.

In order to make an informed decision, here are some questions to ask about cremation urns.

What size is it? Cremation urns come in many shapes and sizes. It is important to know what you are going to use it for, to make sure that it will fit in the space that it needs to. Most crematoriums will only accept a certain size in order to fit. If you are keeping it at home, think about the decorum so you can make sure that the style fits too.

What material is it made of? Urns come in many different materials, depending on the use. If you are simply going to scatter the ashes, a biodegradable urn will be more affordable, especially since you won’t be using it as long. If you plan on burying the urn, you can choose a eco-friendly urn to allow the ashes to quickly join the earth or a metal or ceramic one to put in a burial vault. Many people choose beautiful ceramic urns if they keep it in their homes.

What is the price? Though you shouldn’t choose a specific urn because it is cheaper and more affordable, it is important to talk about the cost. Ask about any extras, as well as any hidden costs, so you know exactly how much you will be paying per urn.

As cremation becomes a more popular option than burial, cremation urns are becoming more common. However, it is important that you ask the right questions to ensure that you find the right urn for you or your loved one.

Contact us for any questions that you may have about urns.

Thanks for reading,

Karen

Tips For Last-Minute Memorial Planning

Memorial planning can be very hard, especially if your loss was unexpected. You have a lot of arrangements to make and, usually, they need to be made in a very short amount of time. With the emotions that you are feeling, it can be a very confusing time where you might struggle to make the right decision.

Here are some tips for last-minute memorial planning.

First, think back if your relative ever said anything about his or her wishes. Though it can be hard to talk about, they might have let it slip that they want to be buried or even cremated.

After you follow their wishes (that you knew), don’t go back and forth. Make a decision and move on. Too many people second guess their decision, making the whole process take even longer.

If it helps, make sure that you don’t do it alone. Don’t be the only one making the decisions. Ask other relatives and friends to help you so that you can be sure that your loved one gets the service that they deserve.

Also, ask for advice from your funeral director. As a funeral director, it is their job to help you through the whole process. Choose someone that you trust and get all of the advice that you can!

Planning a memorial can be very hard. There are so many decisions to be made. If you don’t know what their wishes were, it can be hard to try to give them a service that they would want.

However, try to follow their wishes the best that you can and then just start planning the rest. Don’t be afraid to ask others to help and even get the advice of your funeral director. That is what they are there for!

Contact usto help you plan for your future, so your relatives don’t have to!

Thanks for reading,

Karen

Signs That Your Loved One Is Still With You

Many people are lost when they lose someone. They spend a lot of time grieving, instead of really living. They struggle without them by their side. However, most people believe that death is not the end. They look for signs that their loved ones are still with them.

Here are some signs that people believe in.

Many swear that they can feel their loved ones nearby. Sometimes they feel them in the beauty of the outdoors or in the wind on their face. Sometimes sun on a cloudy day can make them remember. Rainbows are another common thing that people take as signs.

Birds commonly bring peace to their loved ones. Many people swear that, after they lose a loved one, they see a cardinal or another bird every day (or even several times a day). This can give them great closure and make them feel like they are not alone.

Butterflies and other bugs are also seen as signs. I know many people who love to see fields of butterflies while another kept seeing ladybugs which made her think of her lost child.

Many dream of their loved ones and feel like they are trying to tell them that life will be alright. They wake up sad, yet with a hope and peace that they couldn’t find before.

No matter what you believe, when you lose a loved one, it can be heartbreaking. You may struggle with depression. It may help if you find signs that make you feel like you are not alone.

Many people seem to be able to feel their loved one with them. A rainbow, the sun, or even the wind might remind them of their love. Birds, butterflies, and even ladybugs can help you get through this rough time. Others wait for dreams to give them some closure.

Contact usto help you plan for your future, so your family doesn’t have to.

Thanks for reading,

Karen

Customizing A Memorial

The final memorial of one’s life should be as unique as the life being remembered. It is not uncommon for burial planning to be accompanied with the question if customization is possible. With the assistance of new technologies, it is possible to have monuments feature a custom image of your own choosing.

Urns: Many beautiful urns already feature exquisite etched patterns. Custom engraving can further personalize an already lovely memorial. Available in marble or brass, the personal choice of interring cremation remains in an urn can create a stunning memorial.

Monuments: Granite monuments are available in almost limitless possibilities. For example, choose from a selection of traditional upright memorials of various shapes and sizes, granite/bronze plaques, or benches. An image and message of choice can be created through a computerized rendering that is then transferred to the monument by a skilled craftsman.

Laser Etching:Laser etching is just one technology option for customization. It works well for large, detailed images. Sharp contrast can be created with choices like black granite, delivering a final result that is quite striking.

Traditional Engraving: Engraving is the most common form of transferring images and messages onto memorials, urns and monuments. This technique can also re-create complex images. Regardless of color choice, engraving patterns are filled in with contrasting colors to create a final message that is clear and easy to read.

Preparing for a future memorial is a gift of peace of mind that a person gives to themselves as well as their loved ones. Loved ones who are in the midst of grief are not uneasy about making decisions on behalf of their loved one. Final wishes have already been determined. For more information on your pre-need funeral arrangements, pleasecontact us. An experienced staff member is available to answer your questions.

Thanks for reading,

Karen

Donating an Urn to a Needy Family

If someone loses a loved one and can’t properly lay them to rest, the overwhelming sorrow can escalate and become unbearable. However, families can’t always afford to bury a member who has passed away. If you know of such a family, consider donating a cremation urn to them. If you can’t afford the cost, ask others you know to chip in to help buy one for the person in need.

Stories About Donations

— At the end of 2016, according to WKBN First News, several community churches secured a donation for a mother who couldn’t afford an urn for her two murdered sons. The boys died in 2015 within six months of each other. Their mother kept her sons’ ashes in a cardboard box after the tragedy. The donation acquired through the churches allowed the boys to rest in peace in a companion urn.

— In 2016, according to Cleveland 19 News, a mother lost her 21-year-old daughter to addiction. She told the reporter that parents don’t think to save up money to pay for a child’s death. In her grief, she turned to an online support group for help. Afterward, she decided to give back by helping another family, with a young child, pay for an urn when the child’s father unexpectedly passed away.

Giving to those who are in need, especially in times of grief, is one of the most generous and compassionate things that you can do. For information on memorial urns, please contact us today. We’ll help you select an appropriate brass or marble urn to donate.

Thanks for reading,

Karen

Three Tips to Buying a Casket

Buying a casket can be a difficult decision, especially if you are buying one for a last-minute and unexpected funeral. There is also a huge difference in price. They range from five hundred dollars up to several thousand. When choosing one, you may also be conflicted between pride and guilt, depending on your budget. For this reason, it is better to preplan so you can take your time to find the right casket.

Here are some tips to choosing the right casket.

Look around. There are so many different options when it comes to choosing a casket so it can be helpful to actually go to a funeral home and look at the differences. Look at the options that are available so that you get exactly what you want.

Look into the laws in your area. There are some places that require sealers, liners, or other special devices on caskets. Some sales people who don’t know the laws may make you believe that you need to spend extra money on this.

There are some independent companies that sell caskets and it might not hurt to shop around. Caskets are like everything else. It never hurts to shop around until you find the right price.

Finding the right casket is like everything else. You need to look around and see what is out there before you start looking. Also, don’t hesitate to price shop. You might be amazed at the differences in prices when it comes to caskets. After some careful consideration, you will find what you need at the price that you can afford.

Contact us for all of your memorial needs.

Thanks for reading,

Karen

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