What does forgiving the dead look like?

September 16, 2019
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Deciding on a Cemetery

When you choose traditional burial services for a loved one, you will need to carefully decide on the cemetery in which to purchase a plot. This […]
September 10, 2019
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How to Write a Touching Eulogy

When you start making arrangements for a loved one who has died, you need to consider whether you will be having a memorial or funeral service. […]
September 6, 2019

The Importance of Self-Care

When death occurs it is usually accompanied by an onset of activity and emotion. There are decisions that must be made, places to go, and people […]
August 31, 2019
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What Not to Do when Choosing a Funeral Home

If you have lost a loved one and you are getting ready to start making funerary arrangements, one of the most important things you need to […]
August 26, 2019
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What People Do Not Tell You About Grief

You may have heard many things about the process of mourning and grieving, but there are lot of things that people do not mention. If you […]
August 19, 2019
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Speaking about Death

No one enjoys speaking about their own death, and loved ones do not like to hear this kind of conversation. All of this adds up to […]
August 12, 2019
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What to Ask a Cremation Provider

When starting to make funerary arrangements for a loved one, one of the most important things that you can do is to hire the provider that […]
August 5, 2019
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The Holidays After a Death

It is difficult enough to manage everyday life after a death, but it can be even more complicated and tough when a holiday comes up. Holidays […]
August 1, 2019

What No One Tells You About Grief

Everyone experiences grief, but everyone also experiences it differently. Death and loss and the feelings that occur are subjects that are not often discussed. As a […]
July 22, 2019
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Misconceptions About Grieving

Going through a loss can be even more difficult if you are not sure about the mourning process. What is normal and what is not? People […]
July 15, 2019
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Being a Pallbearer

If you have been asked to be a pallbearer at a funeral service, you may be wondering about the process and what is expected of you. […]
July 8, 2019
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Mistakes to Avoid when Choosing a Cremations Provider

One of the things that can make the loss of a loved one even more difficult is not having the right people helping you with the […]
July 1, 2019
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What to Know About Grief

Suffering a loss can be a harrowing experience that causes all manner of emotional trauma. Grief can feel insurmountable, but this is not the case. It […]
June 24, 2019

What to Bring to the Funeral Home

Planning funerary services requires expert help, which a funeral home will be ready to provide. To begin the process, however, they will need certain things from […]
June 17, 2019

Tips for Hosting a Funeral Reception

After a funeral or memorial service, most people expect a reception. A reception usually offers refreshments in the form of finger foods and drinks, and it […]
June 10, 2019

The Right Cremation Services for Your Needs

If you have lost a loved one and you are considering cremation services, it is vital that you know about the options you have. Many people […]
June 3, 2019

Death in Another Country

Dealing with the death of a loved one is always complicated, but it can be even more so if the person died in another country. Repatriation […]
May 27, 2019

Signs You Need to Find a Different Funeral Home

Funerary arrangements in general are complex and require the guidance of a funeral home or cremation provider. If you have recently lost a loved one and […]
May 20, 2019

Ways of Saving Money When Planning a Cremation

The costs of funerary services can add up. Between burial and cremation, cremation tends to be the option that costs less, so many people who are […]
May 16, 2019

Forgive Me – Forgive You

1 Corinthians 13:5 says, “Love doesn’t keep a record of wrongs that others do.” As a pastor, it wasn’t uncommon when counseling a couple that one […]
May 13, 2019

What to Know When Purchasing a Casket

It is not an easy thing to go through to lose a loved one. Not only do you have your own loss to worry about, but […]
May 4, 2019

What to Say When You Don’t Know What to Say

It is common to find ourselves at a loss for words when someone we care about has experienced the death of a loved one. It can […]
May 1, 2019

How to Find a Great Cremations Provider

Choosing a cremations provider is not always a simple task, especially when you are dealing with the loss of a loved one. To make certain that […]
April 22, 2019

What Not to Say to Those Grieving

Knowing what to say to a loved one who is struggling with grief can be essential if you want to offer real comfort. This can be […]
April 17, 2019

Alone, But Not Alone

Those in the grip of grief know that certain times of the year are difficult. Wedding anniversaries, birthdays, Christmas time, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day can […]
April 15, 2019

How to Get Help Paying for a Service

Funerary services are expensive, whether you choose cremation or burial. If you are having trouble paying for the services that you want for your loved one, […]
April 8, 2019

Ways to Honor Veterans

If your loved one served their country, it is important to honor their life and death with a service that befits their lives. By taking time […]
April 2, 2019

Happiness after Death and Loss

Emotions can be complicated, and our feelings are not simple or easily labeled when someone we love dies. There is sadness, there is grief. There may […]
April 1, 2019

Announcing a Death to Loved Ones

It is never easy to lose someone you love. If you have recently gone through this, one of the most difficult things to do is to […]
March 25, 2019

Funeral Procession Etiquette

If you will be attending a funeral service and you will take part in the procession that comes after it, in which either people drive or […]
March 18, 2019

How to Select Pallbearers

The carrying of the casket to the hearse that will take it to the burial location after the funeral service is done by people called pallbearers. […]
March 17, 2019

The Family Mess

There are two events that bring families together – weddings and funerals. Both reveal much about the dysfunctional family. Weddings can produce a temporary armistice on […]
March 11, 2019

Memorial Service Ideas

The memorial service that you have for your loved one should be as unique as they were. People tend to think that services have to be […]
March 5, 2019

The Holidays after a Loss

The holidays can bring back a lot of memories of someone you loved who is no longer with you. This can make it a debilitating time […]
March 2, 2019

Grief and Time

"Time heals all wounds" is a phrase that most of us have heard. It is also something that many would say is not actually true. Those who have suffered the death of a close loved one know the truth~ some wounds never heal. We just learn how to live with them. Then suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, all those feelings can come rushing back and threaten to overwhlem us.
February 25, 2019

How to Handle Death Anniversaries

Each year when the anniversary of a death comes around, it can be tough to get through the day. Many people feel the overwhelming grief they […]
February 19, 2019

The Elephant in the Room

The Elephant in the Room February 19, 2019 As a Pastor and Certified Celebrant, I have encountered many families plunged into a river of grief. Sitting […]
February 18, 2019

What a Funeral Home Should be Able to Provide

After experiencing a loss, you will need to have experts on your side, helping you make the necessary arrangements. This is where a funeral home and […]
February 11, 2019

What Not to Say to Grieving Families

If you know someone who has recently lost a loved one, you may not know how to offer your condolences appropriately. It is normal for people […]
February 4, 2019

How to Write a Sympathy Card

It is always a very thoughtful gesture to send a sympathy card to someone who is going through a loss. There are lots of options to […]
February 1, 2019

A Safe Place to Grieve

The great author Maya Angelou wrote~   When I think of death, and of late the idea has come with alarming frequency, I seem at peace with […]
January 28, 2019

Qualities a Funeral Home Director Should Possess

After a death, you will require the help of a variety of people but one of the most crucial will be the funeral home director. A […]
January 21, 2019

Helping a Child Through Grief

If you know a child who has lost someone that they love, even a pet, it can be tough to see them struggling with grief. Like […]
January 17, 2019

Primal Scream

The human body is wired with an organic alarm system Our emotional alarms are triggered by different stimulus. Go to a rock concert or a Redskins […]
January 14, 2019

Funeral Mistakes to Avoid

Making arrangements for a loved one who has died can feel overwhelming. The process can take time and it can be stressful when dealing with grief […]
January 9, 2019

Giving a Eulogy

A eulogy is an important part of any memorial or funeral service. It allows you to express what the person who is gone meant to you […]
January 3, 2019

Ghosts of Christmas Past

I have experienced this feeling before. Grief. Emptiness. Longing for someone or something that wasn’t there. Wondering where the magic was hiding in the midst of […]
December 24, 2018

Ask These Questions When Considering Cremation Services

Deciding between traditional burial and cremation can be a complex decision, especially if you are making the decision for someone else. It is important to take into […]
December 17, 2018

Arranging a Cremation

Cremations have become as common as traditional burials these days. There are a lot of reasons for this, including affordability, the speed of the service, and […]
December 10, 2018

Preparing for Unexpected Deaths

Preparing for a death is harrowing, but it can many times much more difficult to have an unexpected death in the family. There are ways to […]
December 3, 2018

What to Know About Burial Insurance

For people who think ahead and who want to ensure that everything is set when they pass away, one option to consider is getting burial insurance. […]
December 1, 2018

Christmas Without You

“I’ll have a Blue Christmas without you, I’ll be so blue just thinking about you. Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree, won’t be the […]
November 26, 2018

Questions to Ask When Choosing Cremation Services

Although cremations have become more common, there are people who still have concerns about the process or who might feel that it is not the best […]
November 19, 2018

Unique Funeral Guestbook Ideas

Having a beautiful funeral service usually involves giving people the chance to leave messages behind in a guestbook. People tend to think that the guestbook for […]
November 15, 2018

The Most Important Person In the Room

There is a difference between power and authority; importance and influence. Being a funeral director is about authority and influence. The best example of this is […]
November 12, 2018

Helping Yourself Through Grief

Grief can be debilitating, making everything you do seem impossible. This is why it is so important to take care of yourself as you go through […]
November 5, 2018

Planning a Pet Funeral

Pets are a large part of many homes and families. If you have recently had one die, then you know how devastating it can be, especially […]
November 2, 2018

I Want You to Say Their Name, Even if it Makes Me Cry

  During a recent conversation with a friend I shared a fond memory of her teenage son who passed away several months ago. There was a […]
October 22, 2018

Dealing with Grief as a Caregiver

Being a caregiver is not easy for anyone, but it can be devastating when the person you cared for passes away. Most people know how to […]
October 16, 2018
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October 15, 2018

Why It is Never too Early to Preplan

These days, one of the most common things that Richmond, VA funeral home and cremations providers see is that people are choosing to preplan their funerary arrangements. This is […]
October 8, 2018

Cemetery FAQs

If a loved one has died and you have decided on a traditional burial, find a great cemetery is essential. This can be easy if you […]
October 3, 2018

How to Purchase a Headstone

Most people focus a lot on purchasing a plot, a casket, and choosing the funeral home they will be using after the death of a loved […]
September 30, 2018

My Grandfather’s Hands

My grandfather’s hands played a prominent role in my childhood. His hands were strong, and I spent many bright afternoons outside watching him chop wood for […]
September 24, 2018

Cremation vs. Traditional Burial and What You Need to Know

If a loved one has passed away without leaving any information about what they would like to be done with their body, this responsibility can fall […]
September 20, 2018

The Best Tips on How to Choose a Columbarium after a Cremation

Cremation has become more common these days, which is why there are more options about what to do with the cremated remains. For people who want […]
September 10, 2018

How to Plan a Life Celebration with the Help of a Funeral Home

The honoring of a loved one after their death does not always have to be a sad, somber event. If your loved one was a gregarious person who […]
September 5, 2018

The Differences Between Various Types of Funeral and Memorial Services

When you begin to think of the way to honor a loved one, one of the first things to know is what type of memorial or funeral […]
September 1, 2018

Death, Anger, and Forgiveness

Life is complicated. Death is complicated. Living after the death of someone you love is incredibly complicated. Even if there was time to “prepare,” a person […]
August 20, 2018

Paperwork a Funeral Home or Cremation Provider will Need from You

Before being able to make funerary arrangements after you have suffered a loss, knowing exactly what kind of paperwork you will need to present the funeral […]
August 20, 2018

What Funeral Home and Cremation Fees You can Expect to Pay

Funeral homes and cremation providers may charge fees that vary from one company to another. This is why knowing what to expect in terms of fees […]
August 16, 2018

More Questions Than Answers

                “More Questions Than Answers”                Funny the way it is, if you […]
August 13, 2018

Making Arrangements with a Funeral Home or Cremations Provider

The death of someone you love will always be difficult. You will have grief to contend with and you will be dealing with the rest of […]
August 6, 2018

What to Consider When Buying a Casket from a Funeral Home

If you and your family have lost a loved one and are starting the process of making funerary arrangements, then burial is one option that you […]
July 31, 2018

Not Alone

“All my friends are dead!” Those heartbreaking words were uttered by a lifelong family friend as we stood together at the the coffin where my grandmother’s […]
July 23, 2018

Matoaca, VA Cremation Service: Helping a Spouse Through Grief

Having a loved one go through a mourning period can be heartbreaking. Most people do not know how to best offer comfort when it comes to […]
July 17, 2018

How to BE Angry

“How to BE Angry” What do we do with anger? The issue isn’t if we will get angry, because, if you’re human you will get angry. […]
July 16, 2018

How to Read an Amelia, VA Funeral Home Services Price List

After a loved one dies, it can be very important to start getting information on the funeral arrangements you want for them. Checking prices and services […]
July 9, 2018

Have You Chosen the Right Funeral Home in Bon Air, VA?

A loved one who has passed on is always a hardship. Grief can be debilitating and can make everyday tasks difficult. This is why having a […]
July 3, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions for Cremations in Colonial Heights, VA

Cremations have become much more common in the past few decades. This is because people have realized that it can be a less costly alternative than […]
July 1, 2018

The Death of a Parent

When we are children our parents care for us. Eventually many people find themselves in a position of caring for ailing parents and eventually losing them. […]
June 25, 2018

Finances After a Death: What to Know

When a loved one dies unexpectedly, a lot of things can remain undone. This can involve finances which can affect the entire family and which can […]
June 18, 2018

Facts to Know About Green Funerary Options

After a loved one has died, many people struggle to decide what the best option for their deceased loved one is. There are all manner of […]
June 11, 2018

Everything You Want to Know About Embalming

One of the processes that is least talked about when it comes to the arrangements necessary after a loved one dies is embalming. Although burials and […]
June 4, 2018

Choosing the Right Flowers for a Funeral

Having flowers in a funeral can add the kind of beauty and tranquility that people who are grieving need. There are lots of options when it […]
June 1, 2018

Letters to Mr. Goss

This is the story of how scores of students rallied in support of one of their former High School teachers because they wanted to show him […]
May 28, 2018

Why Having a Funeral is Important

Planning a funeral for a loved one can be stressful. This is because you will be dealing with grief as well as making all of the […]
May 21, 2018

The Steps to Choosing the Right Funeral Home in Richmond, VA

After the death of a loved one, one of the best things to do is to start planning and making arrangements. This can aid grief and […]
May 16, 2018

Forgiving the Dead

“Forgiving the Dead”  Much has been written over the years about forgiveness. Pulpits have resounded with the biblical premise of forgiving our enemies. Self help books […]
May 14, 2018

The Many Kinds of Urns Options

When deciding on cremation, whether preplanning your own or arranging for a loved one after their death, one of the things to consider is the kind […]
May 7, 2018

The Benefits of Choosing Cremation

If a loved one passes without leaving behind the kind of arrangements that they would prefer for their remains, it will fall to the family to […]
May 1, 2018

When Grief is Complicated

Losing someone we love at the end of their life is an incredibly difficult and painful experience. When someone dies those closest to them are faced […]
April 30, 2018

How to Add Unique Touches to a Funeral Service

When we think of funerals, most of us have a very clear picture in our minds. It is usually a sober event with readings and music. […]
April 23, 2018

Helping Children Deal with Grief After a Loved One Dies

If it is difficult for an adult to deal with death, it is even more so for a child. Children, depending on their age, might not […]
April 17, 2018

The “Big Why”

The Big “Why”? She is surrounded by family as her tired, frail, ninety-five-year-old body can no longer go on. Her family grieves, yet, understands. Another family […]
April 16, 2018

Finding the Right Columbarium Niche

When a loved one has chosen to be cremated or if you have decided that this is the best option for the deceased, one of the […]
April 9, 2018

Cremation Services: Frequently Asked Questions

These days, more and more people are turning to cremation as an option after a loved one dies. This can be for a number of reasons […]
April 2, 2018

Love Lives On

During spring and the celebration of Easter we celebrate the triumph of light over darkness, life over death, and renewal and resurrection over destruction and decay. […]
March 15, 2018

Don’t Waste Your Pain

March 15, 2018 Blog   “Don’t Waste Your Pain” One of the indicators of managing our grief is reaching through our pain to help other people. […]
February 28, 2018

Supporting Someone Who Is Dying: What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

The Morrissett family recently lost one of our own. She was brave and strong and kind and had successfully battled cancer for many years. Eventually her […]
February 14, 2018

At the Corner of Grief and Love

“At the Corner of Grief and Love” Grief takes its toll on us. There are moments when all we want is to feel normal again. I […]
February 2, 2018

It is Okay to Not Be Okay: Overcoming the Stigma of “Negative” Emotions

She seemed so brave at the funeral, she didn’t cry at all.” “They died six months ago… don’t you think it’s time you moved on and […]
January 15, 2018

Playing with Pain

January 15, 2018  Playing with Pain We have talked a lot about getting through the holiday season. so many people are relieved when the season is […]
January 2, 2018

The First Year of Grieving

Some people say that getting through the first year of grief is the hardest. Why is that the case? One person theorized that it’s because it […]
December 14, 2017

Grieve and be Happy

IF  there is one thing I have learned about the holiday season, it is this simple-truth: There is no perfect holiday! I need to admit that I […]
December 2, 2017

What if I don’t feel like being “Merry”?

  The holidays are typically a time of family. A time of gathering. A time to bring hearts and mind home. For those of us who […]
November 16, 2017

Here Come the Holidays

This Saturday, November 18th we will be hosting our annual Holiday Remembrance in which we honor those families who are grieving the death of a loved […]
November 1, 2017

All Saints Day and the Importance of Remembering

In the Christian tradition November 1 is often observed as All Saints Day. On or around this date many believers all over the globe hold special […]
October 1, 2017

The Power of Silence

Grief is not always about someone dying. We experience grief as a result of loss. There are many kinds of loss. When we lose someone we […]
September 1, 2017

How to Support Someone Who Is Grieving

The days following the death of a loved one can be overwhelming. We find ourselves not only coping with grief, but also having to deal with […]
August 11, 2017

The Last Gifts

In the few weeks since my father died, I have been thinking a lot about the gifts that came with his passing. There has been great […]
July 11, 2017

Riding the Waves of Grief

“Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do […]
June 8, 2017

Guiding Children Through Grief and Loss

When someone who we love dies it creates an array of complicated emotions which take time to process. Coming to terms with loss and grief can […]
September 30, 2016

What You Hang On To After Losing a Child

There is an unexplainable hollowness that comes with losing a child. I’ve heard loss-moms explain it as a hole in their heart or an empty feeling. […]
August 16, 2016

The New Normal

  Once someone we love has died, our new normal is something completely different from anything we have known before. We are different than we were […]
July 29, 2016

The Journey of Grief

Love is essential to the human condition, but to give and receive love also means to be to open to the inevitability of loss and grief. […]
May 16, 2018

Forgiving the Dead

“Forgiving the Dead”  Much has been written over the years about forgiveness. Pulpits have resounded with the biblical premise of forgiving our enemies. Self help books […]
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