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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 CUSTOMS

Jehovah's Witness Funeral Traditions, Customs, and Beliefs

A Jehovah’s Witness funeral is very similar to a Christian funeral in terms of customs and practices. The main difference between the two services is that a Jehovah’s Witness funeral lasts only about

Christian Funeral Traditions, Customs, and Beliefs

Due to the number of denominations, Christian funerals often vary since there aren’t any absolute requirements (like you would see at a traditional Catholic funeral, for instance). While Christian fun

Catholic Funeral Traditions, Customs, and Beliefs

Catholic funerals have important religious steps and are a final act of liturgy towards the deceased. They are about acknowledging the passing of a loved one with an emphasis on their eternal life and the community’s hope that their soul will pass into the Kingdom of Heaven. Catholic funerals are tr

FUNERAL ETIQUETTE

How to Write Funeral Thank You Note Cards

Losing a loved one is a time where your friends, family, and community will likely show up to support you in any way they can. This support often comes in the form of lending an ear, donations, condolences, general availability, and flowers, among many other gestures. No matter the gesture, sending

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 PLANNING

Open Casket vs. Closed Casket: Which Should You Choose?

The decision to hold an open or closed casket funeral is an important part of the funeral planning process. There are benefits to both options as well as costs to consider. Many families simply decide on open vs. closed based on personal preferences, while others might decide on either option becaus

What You Should Know About Burial Insurance

Burial insurance: is it necessary? Many seniors find themselves subject to insurance companies telling them they absolutely need burial insurance. If you want to make sure your final expenses are covered in advance and your family doesn’t need to worry about paying for funeral expenses, burial insur

What to Do if You Need Emergency Funeral Funds

Whether a death is sudden or expected, many families find themselves struggling to come up with money to cover the high cost of funeral expenses. It’s difficult to know where to start when it comes to finding assistance for funeral expenses, but it is important to know your options. Why do man

FUNERAL READINGS

What Does the Bible Say About Cremation?

Cremation is now the most common method of disposition in the United States, with experts at NFDA suggesting that almost 80% of Ameri

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

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

How to Create a Funeral Program

Funeral programs are an important part of any funeral or memorial service as they let people know critical information surrounding the event and help the organizer anticipate the amount of those attending. If you’re organizing a funeral, creating a funeral program can be useful to give those attendi

8 Reasons to Create an Online Memorial

Until recently, families often notified their community of a death by submitting an obituary to the newspaper. Even though this can still be done, it’s expensive and ineffective at both reaching everyone who would want to know and connecting those people to one another. The price is high, the reach

8 Helpful Funeral Announcement Templates

There are often cultural expectations when it comes to the wording or messaging surrounding the death of a loved one, so it’s important to know what the proper etiquette is when sending out funeral announcements. While there are general templates, you’re always welcome to adjust wording accordingly

POST-DEATH LOGISTICS

How to Find a Life Insurance Policy After Someone Dies

Life insurance policies, alongside other death benefits, can mean a huge relief for many families, especially if they’re burdened with financial responsibilities after someone passes away. While lif

What are the Responsibilities of an Executor of an Estate?

The executor of an estate is the named party in the will that’s responsible for settling the estate of the deceased. If they’re not named in the will, or there is no last will or testament, the court will appoint an executor (also known as an administrator) to fulfill the duties and distribute the a

Will vs. trust: which is best for you?

If you’re starting to think about what should happen to your assets after you pass, that’s a great step to be taking. However, you’re not alone if you’re feeling confused about the options. What’s a will? What’s a trust? Do they accomplish the same thing? If you’re trying to decide whether to create

THE FUNERAL INDUSTRY

The Cremation Process: A Helpful Guide

Cremation is the most popular method of disposition in the United States and is estimated to be the chosen method of disposition for over 70% of Americans by 2030. While this is a large number of Americans, many people aren’t familiar with the intricacies of the cremation process. Here’s a helpful g

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

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’