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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

How Much Does a Cremation Cost?

Cremation is generally the more affordable option for most families, with averages around $750-$3,500. Some states require that you engage the services of a funeral director instead of dealing directly with a crematorium, you'll want to research cremation only companies vs. full-service funeral home

Tips for a Successful Funeral Fundraiser

The average funeral costs about $9,000, which can lead to enormous financial stress, in addition to the pain of losing a loved one. Fortunately, funeral fundraisers are becoming

How to Raise Money to Pay for a Funeral

Funerals are incredibly expensive. With the average funeral cost of $9,000, many people struggle pay for them out of pocket—making an extremely difficult time even worse. Fortunately, it’s becoming more and more common for people to suggest funeral donations in lieu of flowers. If you’re intere

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

7 Best Books for Managing Grief

There's no one right way to experience grief, and understanding and working through our emotions after losing someone can be incredibly difficult. While even reading a few pages may feel impossible immediately after losing someone you care about, many people find that, over time, reading helps

5 Steps for Dealing with the Death of a Loved One

Experiencing the loss of someone close can be one of the hardest things to face in life, while coping with such a profound loss can seem just as difficult. Dealing with the death of a loved one can be especially difficult for those who have never dealt with grief. While dealing with grief, it’s

20 Quotes about Grief

When processing grief, it’s often difficult to translate feelings into words. Sometimes, it can be helpful to lean on the words of others to show your emotions. From religious figures like Saint Francis of Assisi to world renown authors like Leo Tolstoy, many historical figures have written and spok

MEMORIAL PRODUCTS

What is Cremation Jewelry?

As cremations become more and more popular, families are discovering different ways to keep their loved ones close. Often times people are overwhelmed by the different choices they have when it comes to cremation and the placement

Casket vs. Coffin: What's the Difference?

Many people use the terms casket and coffin interchangeably, but the words actually describe two different things. While both are containers used to bury a person who has passed away, they have one key difference: the number of sides. So what's the difference between a coffin vs casket? We'll tell y

Top Ideas for Grave Markers

When a loved one passes away and the plans are made for a burial, it’s important to research ideas for grave markers and engravings before making a purchase. Choosing a grave marker is an important process because a grave marker ultimately becomes a part of a loved one’s memorial. It is a memento by

OBITUARIES AND FUNERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

How Much Do Obituaries Cost?

Traditional obituaries that are posted in the newspaper are much more expensive than most people expect them to be. The average cost of an obituary is generally between $200-$500 and that usually does not inc

How to Send a Death Notice Online

A death notice, also known as a funeral announcement, a death announcement, or a funeral invitation, is commonly sent to friends and family to announce the death of a loved one. Historically, making a death notice has required that a payment be made to a newspaper or publication of choice, somewhat

How to Write an Obituary

Writing an obituary is an act of love that can accomplish many things. At its core, an obituary is a declaration of loss, an acknowledgement of grief, and an expression of joy all-in-one. It celebrates the life of a loved one in a way that few other ways can. Beyond what an obituary can accomplis

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

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

END-OF-LIFE CARE

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

THE FUNERAL INDUSTRY

Meet a Funeral Director: Malisa Riceci from Solace Cremation

The funeral industry is opaque to most Americans, so we've decided to start highlighting some of the amazing professionals who help grieving families and the work that they do. To start off our series, we're thrilled to introduce you to Malisa Riceci, funeral director of [Solace Cremation](https://e