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What to Do When Someone Dies at Home

Losing a loved one is stressful in any setting and if you’re unsure what to do when someone passes away at home, it can make the situation a lot more stressful. If you’re in charge of a taking care of a loved one or just want to be prepared for the situation, it’s a good idea to understand the steps

What is Hospice Care?

When many people think of hospice care, they might incorrectly assume hospice care means it’s only for the elderly. Hospice care is an important aspect of medical care for anyone diagnosed with a terminal illness or those who are nearing the end of their life. What is hospice care? Hospice ca

What is an Advance Directive?

An advance directive is a legal document that outlines your wishes for care at the end-of-life. It covers two main topics: Your living will: Your decisions on when to receive medical care and what type of care you would like to receive in specific situations. For example, would you want

FUNERAL ETIQUETTE

Funeral Procession Etiquette

Even if you’ve never participated in one, chances are that you’ve seen a funeral procession on the road, and you may have wondered how they work or how you should react. Here’s a short guide to funeral procession etiquette for those planning, participating in or just encountering one. (However, as w

When to Arrive to a Funeral or Memorial Service

Every type of event has its own social etiquette, so it’s normal to be unsure about when to arrive a funeral or memorial service. Here’s a quick guide to help with your funeral etiquette: When to arrive at a funeral as a guest If you’re att

Funeral Attire Ideas for Men

When many western men think of a typical funeral attire, they often tend to think of a black suit and neutral tie, or of what not to wear. It’s important to note that traditions are changing and the rules aren’t as black and white as they used to be for previous generations. While it’s important to

FUNERAL PLANNING

Does Medicaid Provide Funeral Assistance?

Many families in many different situations struggle to pay for funeral expenses, so paying for funeral expenses while on Medicaid might seem like an impossible task. While Medicaid does not offer funeral assistance at the federal level, your state might have options available that will greatly decre

What is a Memorial Fund?

A memorial fund is a way to honor the memory of a loved one by continuing their legacy, often in the form of charitable giving, scholarships, or as a way to help the family cover funeral expenses. Many memorial funds are set up in memory of a loved one with the intention of helping others in a way t

How to Choose Pallbearers for a Funeral

There are often many aspects to a funeral that are easy to forget in the flurry of planning. If you intend on having a closed casket at the funeral, you’ll likely want to start thinking about who you’d like to select as pallbearers. What is a pallbearer? A pallbearer is someone who is respo

FUNERAL READINGS

30 Bible Verses About Death

The Bible offers many verses related to grieving, death, loss, and eternal rest. These verses can bring many Christians comfort, especially after losing a loved one. Here are some Bible verses related to subjects that might be on your mind after losing someone. Bible verses about death and dyi

Top 15 Funeral Poems

When putting together a funeral program, it’s common to include a funeral poem or other reading. This may be something you include as part of a eulogy or separately as its own reading. Many people find that funeral poetry helps them express emotions that they have difficulty expressing on their

How to Write a Eulogy

It’s impossible to capture someone’s life and impact in a single speech, which can make the task of writing a eulogy feel especially daunting. If you’re sitting down to write a eulogy and feeling at a loss for words, start with these steps: 1. Decide what you want to convey. Every person in

FUNERAL RECIPES

Funeral Salad Recipe

Because funerals have long been events that bring communities of people, common funeral recipes are generally easy (and affordable) to prepare for a large number of people, and funeral salad is no different. What is funeral salad? The use of

Funeral Potatoes Recipe

There are many different types of funeral events and structures to honor someone who has passed away, but it’s quite common to host a [funeral reception](https://everloved.com/articles/funeral-pla

Funeral Sandwiches Recipe

For many years, funeral receptions were usually held in a family members home, and friends and neighbors would bring food to pitch in. As a result, dishes that were easy to prepare for a large group of people became the n

FUNERAL SONGS

20 Best Gospel Funeral Songs

It’s well known that the loss of a loved one can bring a community together to mourn as one. When a funeral mass features gospel music, it can be both inspiring and uplifting to a community while bringing people together in a difficult time. Gospel funeral music has a way of helping those who are in

20 Best Christian Funeral Songs

After losing a loved one, it can be tough to find the right words to express what you feel. Playing a Christian funeral song for friends and family of the bereaved can be a beautiful way to honor a loved one while bringing people together in such a difficult time. Christian funeral music has a speci

20 Best Funeral Hymns

Funeral hymns are a popular choice of religious music for funerals. There are dozens to choose from that can represent different tones, emotions, and experiences for a community. Funeral hymns can bring people comfort and joy at times of loss by bringing a community together to sing and be present t

LIVING WITH GRIEF

Coping with the Loss of a Mother or Father

Losing a parent as a supportive fixture Losing someone that’s close to you is incredibly difficult, no matter who it is. Losing a parent, however, is a uniquely difficult experience due to the foundation that most parents provide for their children. Coping with the loss of your mother or fathe

How to Find a Grief Support Group

When you lose someone you love, having a support system to turn to is incredibly important. While your friends and family might be there to support you, it is often helpful to share your grief with others who are in similar situations. Grief support groups are focused on learning how to deal with gr

6 Things to Know About Grief Counseling

Normal grief vs. complicated grief While many researchers and therapists agree that grief is different for every individual, there is still a distinction between normal and complicated grief. Those who are experiencing complicated grief will often experience symptoms such as: Extreme denia

MEMORIAL PRODUCTS

A Guide to Buying Cremation Diamonds

Cremations have been the most common disposition method since 2015, and with that rise in popularity, comes an increasing number of options when it comes to cremation jewelry. Cremation diamonds are a beautiful and timeless way to honor a loved one and keep them close to you. Cremation diamonds are

A Guide to Buying Cremation Jewelry

Cremation jewelry can come in almost any standard jewelry form (necklaces, pendants, earrings, bracelets, etc.) and can range widely in style and price, so it helps to know your options when browsing. What is cremation jewelry? Cremation jewelry is jewelry that’s either infused with or hold

What You Should Know About Headstone Prices

Headstone prices can often vary widely depending on a number of factors such as material, design, and type. If you’re interested in purchasing a headstone, it’s important to know the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. What is the average cost of a headstone? The avera

OBITUARIES AND FUNERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Who to Notify When Someone Dies

Understanding who to notify when it comes to someone passing away is important, especially if you’re present when a loved one passes away. It may come as a relief to know that generally, it’s the responsibility of the staff or first responders to notify officials of someone’s passing. However, notif

How to Create an Online Memorial

Creating an online memorial website is a relatively easy, and oftentimes, free way to offer a space for friends and family to share in remembering someone who has passed away. Online memorial websites are a great way to share an online obituary, event details, memories, and photos. Creating an onlin

Newspaper Obituary vs. Online Obituary: Which is Right for You?

When someone passes away, it’s traditional to write an obituary honoring their life. Posting an obituary in the local newspaper used to be the primary way that people learned of another’s passing. Newspapers were relied on for relevant and recent news in their local communities. However, with the

POST-DEATH LOGISTICS

What is Probate?

Understanding the probate process is important if you’ve been tasked with executing a will or are involved with settling the estate of someone who’s passed away. There are many steps to probate that involve interacting with courts, attorneys, administrators, creditors, and many other key figures whe

How to Get a Death Certificate in Every State

Getting a death certificate is a straightforward process, even though you probably don’t have experience getting one. In most cases you’ll just need to fill out an application form, provide a copy of a valid ID, submit a fee and you’re good to go. Find out if you can apply online, in person, or by m

What You Should Know About Social Security Survivor Benefits

If you’ve recently lost a loved one who had social security benefits, you may be eligible for Social Security survivor benefits (also referred to as Social Security death benefits). There are two types of survivor benefits: A lump-sum social security survivor benefit Ongoing monthly soci

THE FUNERAL INDUSTRY

A Brief Guide to Funeral Homes

Finding the right funeral home isn’t easy, but it can be increasingly difficult if you aren’t sure what to look for in a funeral home or what funeral homes do. In this short guide, we provide answers to some frequently asked questions surrounding funeral homes. What does a funeral home do?

Meet a Funeral Director & Funeral Home Owner: Vonda & William Rosado

Ongoing in our series on funeral industry professionals, we had the opportunity to interview a husband and wife duo in the industry: Maxton-Rosado Funeral Home funeral director, Vonda Rosado and funeral

Meet a Funeral Director: Larnique Mickens from Heritage Mortuary

We're continuing to shed some light on the often misunderstood professions of those who work in the funeral industry. Next in our series on funeral industry professionals, we had the opportunity to interview the [Heritage Mortuary](https://everloved.com/funeral-homes/NV/las-vegas/heritage-mortuary-l

END-OF-LIFE AFFAIRS

What Happens to Someone's Debt After They Die?

Many people may wonder, “Am I responsible for the debt of a deceased parent or relative?” or “What will happen to my debt after I die?” In short, it depends. Who is responsible for debt after someone dies? In general, a person’s estate is responsible for paying off any debts after his or

How to Create a Will Online

Most of us don’t like to think about our own deaths, so the process of creating a will can feel daunting. And, in the past, it often involved hours of paperwork and hefty legal fees—making it an easy thing to procrastinate. In fact, 60% of people die without a will. When this happens, the person’

FUNERAL CUSTOMS

Buddhist Funeral Traditions, Customs, and Beliefs

Buddhism is the world’s fourth largest religion with over 520 million followers, most of which reside in Asian countries including China, Japan, Myanmar, Tibet, Sri Lanka and Cambodia. In the United States, Buddhists make up roughly 1% of the population with the greatest concentrations in Hawaii and

Hindu Funeral Traditions, Customs, and Beliefs

Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world with over 1.1 billion followers with most living in India and Nepal. In the United States, Hindus represent 1% of the US population with over 3 million followers living across the country. For those attending a Hindu funeral, it can be useful a