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The loss of a loved one is one of the most difficult situations to face in life. This can be especially trying if you are in charge of making the funeral arrangements. Our family here at FuneralHomes.com would like to share with your family some points from experienced funeral directors that will help you in such a troubling time.

6 Death Rituals From Around the World

6 Death Rituals From Around the World

Losing a loved one is without a doubt one of the most heart-rending events any of us can go through. Sadly, death is an inescapable reality that everyone is confronted with at some point in life. Although, we inevitably will experience the death of loved ones at some point in our lives, whether we choose to focus on mourning their passing, or celebrating the beauty of the life they led is up to us. 

Typically funerals are somber affairs as loved ones and guests of the deceased honor them through a mournful ceremony and sets of customs. However, some cultures take a different approach, focusing on paying tribute to the deceased in a more celebratory fashion.

In this post, we will take a closer look at the funerary customs of 6 different cultures. We will explore the way in which these cultures remember and respect the dead, including the various prayers and rituals performed in the deceased’s honor. 

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How to Donate a Body to Science After Death

How to Donate a Body to Science After Death

If you wish to donate your body to science, now it is possible after you have passed away. However, first consult the anatomical institute of one of the universities or hospitals to consider the procedures, as this is different from organ or tissue donor registration. However, if you are already a registered organ or tissue donor, it plays a significant role in body donation.

You need to request permission from an anatomical institution for body donation to science and medical research. They need a handwritten statement saying that you desire your body to be given to medical science after your death. For the institute record, you must also sign and date the declaration.

Acceptance criteria for Body Donation

Many individuals, such as those with cancer, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and other chronic conditions, fulfil the requirement for donation. The final acceptance criteria depend on conditions like HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B or C, COVID-19 (symptoms, exposure, or diagnosis), unusually high or low body mass index (BMI), permission challenges, location of residence or passing, legal matters, condition of the body at the time of passing, or any failure to place the donation with current medical research or educational projects at the time of passing.

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A Guide to Funeral Processions

A Guide to Funeral Processions

Funeral processions are very important and a crucial part of the funeral service. They are designed to bring comfort to the friends and family of a person that just passed away. Knowing the funeral procession etiquette and understanding religious funeral customs is very important and it can make a huge difference. You have to ensure that you understand how these things work and how you can follow the right guidelines and be certain that everything is done to the letter.

Understanding what a funeral procession is

The funeral procession is the family and friends of a person that passed away following their coffin as they are taken to their resting place. It’s also known as a funeral cortege. This procession starts at the funeral home, or at the home of the person, and it follows the coffin to the burial place. Sometimes the funeral procession goes to the funeral service location or the committal, it depends on the situation at hand.

What you will notice is that most of the time you will have a funeral director. He is the one that leads the cortege on foot for a small distance, at least before it gets into the hearse. With that in mind, once they reach the crematorium, cemetery, or the place of worship, they will lead the cortege on foot again, which is extremely important.

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Guide to Attending a Funeral During a Family Feud

Guide to Attending a Funeral During a Family Feud

Family conflicts happen, and they can end up diminishing the relationships that people have with one another. However, when you are in the middle of a family conflict and one of the family members dies, that ends up becoming a huge challenge. It’s certainly not something easy to do, and you have to ensure you adapt and implement everything properly. That doesn’t mean it will be easy to do, but in the end what matters is keeping your family together and dealing with any family feuds the best way that you can.

In fact, it’s a good idea to ensure that you and the ones you have a feud with put it aside and focus on making the funeral a celebration of life, rather than a place to air your grievances. On top of that, you want to ensure that you study religious funeral customs and see exactly what you need to follow and stick to those guidelines. You may even find a lot of customs that you never knew existed, which is quite common in a situation like this. Adapting and implementing accordingly is always going to be a bit of a challenge, but that’s what makes things work in the end.

Compromise is key

Having a way to compromise is crucial here since it shows that nothing is more important than the funeral. A good idea is to try and squash any of the beef on the phone or a video call before you meet at the funeral. Doing that is crucial, because no one wants to see people fighting during a funeral. It’s not appropriate and it’s also a sign of disrespect for the person that passed away.

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How to Find a Will After Someone Dies

How to Find a Will After Someone Dies

Many times when someone close to us dies, we might not have full disclosure as to whether or not they had prepared a will prior to their passing. Other times, the family of the deceased is well aware there is a will, but simply has no access to a copy. Traditionally, most people have an attorney write and keep their will, or choose to file it in a probate court. However, there are many cases in which the deceased may choose to write and keep the will themselves prior to their passing by filling out an online form. Regardless of your situation and how your loved one’s will has been filed or stored, continue reading to find out how you can find a will after someone has died. 

How Can You Find Out If There Was Even a Will?

When trying to find out if someone left will, the answer might be more obvious or transparent than you think. Nonetheless, in many cases finding out if someone left a will can take time and effort, including getting help from a professional. 

Options to consider when trying to find out if someone left a will:

1) Contact close family members or relatives

It’s not unusual for people to leave their will in the hands of someone in the family or close friend who can properly protect and store it until their passing. Make it a priority to ask those related to the deceased with an understanding of legal protocols. Most people prefer referring to those in the field whom they are closely connected to over hiring someone outside of the family or their friend’s group. 

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What is a Legal Pronouncement of Death and How Do You Obtain One?

What is a Legal Pronouncement of Death and How Do You Obtain One?

Saying goodbye is never easy. Letting go of someone you love and acknowledging their passing are by far some of the most heart-rending experiences you can encounter. As you are grieving your loved one, it can be challenging to find the mental and emotional strength to determine the next steps to take after a loved one dies.

After a loved one’s passing, it is necessary to obtain a legal pronouncement of their death. In today’s post, we will be taking a closer look at what a pronouncement of death entails and its value, and offer guidance on how you can obtain one. 

What Is a Pronouncement of Death?

Since the beginning of time, family members of the deceased would usually count on either a religious leader, doctor, law official, or nurse to legally and officially pronounce whether he or she has died or not. This is one of the few shared experiences that universally applies to most cultures and religions after someone’s life comes to an end. Serving as an official representation to announce that someone has passed, a pronouncement of death holds significant meaning to the bereaved family. 

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How Soon Should You Start Dating After the Loss of a Significant Other?

How Soon Should You Start Dating After the Loss of a Significant Other?

It’s normal and usually expected to feel lonely and long for companionship after the loss of a significant other. For many, their spouse is their best friend, caregiver, lover, companion, and hand of support during difficult times. Desiring love and a life with a partner to share the next chapter of your life is by no means selfish or wrong. And when it comes to determining the proper time and length to start dating again after the loss of your significant other, only you will have the correct answer. 

As you heal from your grieving process and begin to consider the idea of dating again, keep in mind that no two people grieve the same and everyone’s journey is individual with its own ups and downs. Regardless of what we cover in this post or what someone demands from you, at the end of the day, whether or not you’re ready to find another partner will always depend on your own convictions. If you take anything from this post, please know there isn’t a wrong or right answer when it refers to dating after the loss of a significant other.  

Losing a Significant Other

First and foremost, losing a significant other is without a doubt one of the most difficult goodbyes anyone can experience. Nothing can fully prepare us for the reality of losing the person we once promised to share our lives with. As we consider the heart-rending nature of this inevitable part of life, it’s also important to mention that eventually moving on after a significant other’s loss is appropriate and is what our loved ones would’ve wanted for us. They would want us to find new love and be happy once again. 

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How to Talk to Your Parents About Estate Planning

How to Talk to Your Parents About Estate Planning

If there is one thing certain about life, it is that it ends, and many times unexpectedly. Anticipating the death of parents, those who raised you and prepared you for this life can be very emotionally challenging. It is difficult to confront the fact that one day your parents’ time will come. For this reason, it is common for both parents and their children to avoid discussing estate planning. But discussing estate planning is important to ensure that the estate will be managed appropriately and the right heirs will have rights to the estate after one’s parents are gone. This topic’s conversation isn’t an easy one by any means, but one of great importance. 

Many people fail to have this conversation with their loved ones for various reasons due to lack of knowledge, avoidance, or worrying  about family members’ reactions. But the cost of avoiding it can be monumental and negatively affect the family. The children may have unending feuds amongst themselves especially if they do not know what their parents’ wishes were. After all, It is quite likely that the children, after their parents’ deaths, will make decisions from those their parents would have made. 

Therefore, it is vital to have “the talk” with your parents as adults before they are gone. Here are a few tips on how to approach this topic.

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How To Find An Obituary For A Specific Person

How To Find An Obituary For A Specific Person

What is an Obituary? 

An obituary is a written notice of someone’s death. It typically offers details about the decedent’s life, life milestones, family and familial relationships, etc. as well as provides information about their upcoming funeral services.

While searching for an obituary may have been a more challenging and complicated process in the past, finding an obituary of a specific person is not nearly as complicated today. With the help of innovative technology and today’s rapid communication, the process of searching for a loved one’s obituary or even that of an old childhood friend is now quick, easy, and convenient. 

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15 Condolence Messages for Loss of Wife

15 Condolence Messages for Loss of Wife

He who finds a good wife finds a treasure, and not even all of the money in the world, the biggest fortune, nor any amount of luxury or friendships can replace her absence. Since the beginning of times and throughout every civilization that has existed and prevailed, wives have played a significant role and were always valued for their abilities and attributes. An honorable wife has always symbolized a happy and joyful family, making them prime elements of any functioning society. Moreover, beyond all of their attributes and abilities, wives are life partners and lovers whose absence is capable of breaking even the most hardened heart. 

Losing a wife never comes without pain and anguish, and immense emptiness in a family, regardless of the size. When someone loses a wife, even the slightest memory resembles the pain and agony that comes from a stab in the heart. You can expect someone who has recently lost a spouse to be more defensive, sensitive to certain topics, and even in denial. For reasons like these and many more, we find most of our readers overwhelmed and clueless on how to approach someone who has recently lost a  spouse and offer their condolences. This is exactly why we have put together this sympathy guide to serve as a reference and hopefully offer some attestation of the delicacy and fragility of the manner. 

Regardless of your relationship with the bereaved, below you can find 15 condolence message examples to help you comfort a loved that is going through the loss of a wife. 

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