Category: Things to Consider

The Dos and Don’ts of Sharing Condolences
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The Dos and Don’ts of Sharing Condolences

In this post we’re going over some simple dos and don’ts for handling these delicate conversations. Hopefully, it will help ease the discomfort so that you can provide the support your loved one needs.

Dangerous Occupations
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The Most Dangerous Occupations in America: 2021

If you work in one of the top 10 deadliest professions, you should always understand the risks and how to avoid potential injury. Here’s a quick look at what those risky jobs are and what makes them so perilous.

Viewing With Cremation
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Should You Have a Viewing With Cremation?

This quick read explains what a viewing is, the benefits and the costs involved with having one so you can decide if it’s something you want to include in the funeral arrangements.

What to do If a Loved One Passes Away at Home
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What to do If a Loved One Passes Away at Home

What should you do if an ill loved one passes away at home? This quick guide will tell you what steps need to be taken to make arrangements and register the death when it happens at home.

Is Water Cremation Legal?
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Is Water Cremation Legal?

If you or a loved one are considering your end-of-life options as a part of your advanced planning, it’s a good idea to learn more about the water cremation process, starting with whether it’s legal in your state.

Estate Tax Explained
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Estate Tax Explained

You’ll learn and experience a lot of new things when a close loved one passes away and you have to arrange end of life services. If you’re fortunate enough to inherit money, assets or property you’ll learn about a tax you may not have known existed. We’re talking about estate tax.

Grave Marker Options for Green Burials
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Grave Marker Options for Green Burials

For those that choose cremation because it’s more environmentally friendly than traditional burials, burying the remains isn’t out of the question. Many green cemeteries now have special areas for cremated remains.

Selecting Plants for Green Burial Sites
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Selecting Plants for Green Burial Sites

It may sound like a burden that’s needlessly bothersome, but the guidelines are there to protect the very things that drew you to a green cemetery in the first place. This guide will help you select plants for green burial sites that enhance the surroundings rather than making a negative impact.

What Can’t Be Cremated With a Body
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What Can’t Be Cremated With a Body

There are specific items that are not to be cremated with a body. If you’re wondering what can and can’t be cremated with a body, keep reading.

Water Cremation
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Everything You Need to Know About Water Cremation

Water cremation is an environmentally friendly, and affordable alternative to traditional funerals and burials. It involves mixing the body with potassium hydroxide and then using heat or pressure to produce ash. The term “water cremation” refers to a form of eco-friendly burial that completely eliminates the need for embalming or casketing the body in preparation for burial or cremation. Water cremation utilizes a unique process that completely dissolves the body within a water-based solution, leaving the individual’s ashes pristine and free of any chemicals whatsoever. Why Should You Consider Water Cremation? The main benefit of water cremation is that it does not involve any chemicals, such as formaldehyde, which are present in traditional burial materials. Formaldehyde-based embalming fluids are actually toxic to humans and cannot be safely used without protective gear.  Water cremation also eliminates many concerns about the environment, as it does not require hazardous disposal methods that can be harmful to the environment. These environmental concerns include burying a body pumped with chemicals or scattering the remains into rivers. In addition, water cremation is a very hygienic way of disposing of bodies. It does not allow bacterial growth, which means that the remains do not have to be buried after being incinerated. This prevents them from being exposed to pathogens or other harmful organisms. How does Water Cremation Work? The most common forms of water cremation are tank and vessel-based systems. The solution entirely covers the body, and the container is then heated or pressurized so that all

Steps to Take After the Burial or Cremation
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2021 Checklist: Steps to Take After the Burial or Cremation

Once the burial or cremation is complete some of the pressure is relieved, but there’s still a lot that needs to be done. This checklist can help you keep track of it all so that everything gets done as quickly and easily as possible.

Steps to Take Before Burial or Cremation
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2021 Checklist: Steps to Take Before Burial or Cremation

Our team helps families through this difficult time every day. The checklist below was created to help families figure out what needs to be done to arrange and complete a burial or cremation after the immediate tasks have been handled.

How Can I Be Sure I Won't Still Be Alive When I Go Into the Retort
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How Can I Be Sure I Won’t Still Be Alive When I Go Into the Retort?

We’ve all thought about it at some point. What if I’m actually alive when I’m buried or cremated? For some people this is a serious fear, and hearing the random stories of it happening doesn’t help.  You’ll be happy to know that being cremated alive is virtually impossible. Here’s why.  What Retort Means How can I be sure I won’t still be alive when I go into the retort? That’s what we get asked a lot when a person wants to know more about the cremation process. We completely understand why someone might be concerned about this if they are unfamiliar with how everything works. First, let’s explain what retort means. Retort is the technical name for the chamber where cremation occurs. The body is placed in a combustible container (usually a wood coffin) after it is properly prepared. The container with the body is then put in the retort chamber for cremation.  People who plan to be cremated are sometimes concerned about being alive at this point, similar to the fear of being buried alive. Because the temperature is raised to 1,400-2,000 degrees Fahrenheit in the chamber there’s no way a person could survive retort. The good news is, that isn’t something you really need to worry about. Why You Don’t Have to Worry About Being Alive at Retort Fear over being buried or cremated alive is actually an antiquated concern, meaning that it’s been a fear people have had for a very long time. In fact, historians note