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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

What You Should Know About the Cost of Cremation

More families are turning to cremation in place of burial when it comes to disposition methods following the death of a loved one. If you’re considering cremation for yourself or a loved one, it’s helpful to know some of the fast

6 Unique Ideas for Funerals During Shelter in Place

Livestream the funeral An alternative to having a traditional funeral is to livestream the funeral so that friends and family can still attend without being physically present. Livestreaming is generally quite easy to

What is the Funeral Rule?

Planning a funeral can be difficult due to the high level of emotions, pressure, and chaos that occurs when someone passes away. The Funeral Rule is a regulation put forth by the FTC to protect consumers when they deal with funeral homes and companies involved in the funeral process. The Funeral Rul

FUNERAL READINGS

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

What is a Eulogy?

A eulogy is a speech generally given at a funeral or memorial service for someone who has passed away. A eulogy can be delivered by a family member, friend, priest, minister, or any other bereaved community member or procession attendee. The eulogy can be written and presented in a variety of w

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 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

What You Should Know About Casket Prices

Deciding on the right casket to buy is a difficult decision for anyone to make, especially when you aren’t sure of what prices to expect. What is the average price of a casket? Average casket prices vary widely depending on many of the factors listed here such as: materials, markups, type of

OBITUARIES AND FUNERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

How to Publish an Obituary for Free

Publishing an obituary is an important part of the funeral planning process. An obituary is a traditional way to alert friends, family, and the community that someone has passed away. It’s also, in many cases, considered a final record of someone’s life. Traditionally, obituaries were printed in the

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’

END-OF-LIFE CARE

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 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

POST-DEATH LOGISTICS

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

6 Tips for Securing the Home of Deceased Loved One

When someone close to you passes away, securing their possessions may be the last thing on your mind, but news of a death can be a green light for thieves and other criminals, sadly. If a close friend or relative who lived alone has just passed away, it’s a good idea to try to stop by their hom