• Weddings and funerals: unique celebrations of love and life
    Posted: 04/19/2016

    If you think that traditional funeral services have to be solemn and, to some extent, cookie-cutter, you may want to reconsider.  In much the same way that a wedding is a grand celebration of holy matrimony, a funeral can be a memorable celebration of your loved one’s life.  Whether it is an intimate gathering of… Read more »

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  • Stop Promising Yourself, Start Doing
    Posted: 04/13/2016

    Have you ever wanted to learn a foreign language, travel to Europe or ride a camel? In life, it is so difficult to take the first step but always so rewarding. We go through life wanting to see it all and unless you make moves to realize those desires, they will never be. It is… Read more »

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  • Losing a Love One to Suicide
    Posted: 04/04/2016

    Losing a loved one is undoubtedly one of the most difficult experiences in a person’s life.  However, when the death is the result of a suicide, those left behind may face a unique challenge in coping and healing. With this in mind, it is important for those who have experienced a loss from suicide to… Read more »

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  • We are here for you, even after the service
    Posted: 03/28/2016

    There is never a time when customer service matters more than when you are planning a funeral. You are coping with a devastating loss and want to be surrounded by people who are empathetic, understanding and willing to help. Losing a loved one is not only emotionally difficult, but it takes a great deal of… Read more »

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  • Sleep? Too much or not enough?
    Posted: 03/02/2016

      How many hours of sleep do you get a night? Not getting enough sleep can negatively affect your health, weight, and energy. Sleep deprivation can cause memory loss, depression, a damaged immune system, or increased observation of pain. However, too much sleep can also be detrimental, making you feel tired and groggy throughout the… Read more »

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  • Personal Barriers to Caring for Oneself as a Caregiver
    Posted: 02/16/2016

    What’s the first rule in an emergency on a plane?  Put on your oxygen mask before you assist anyone else.  Caring for yourself is one of the most important—and one of the most often forgotten—things you can do as a caregiver. When your needs are taken care of, the person you care for will benefit,… Read more »

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  • The Importance of Family Portraits
    Posted: 02/08/2016

    When we were younger, our mothers made sure we had a picture of everything: our first step, our first day of school, our first date, our baseball team winning 1st place, our graduation. Our accomplishments and memories were well documented. But as we age and our own kids have flown the nest, life takes over… Read more »

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  • Exercise improves memory?
    Posted: 02/01/2016

    Researchers have known for quite a long time that exercise is good for your heart and body.  However, studies now suggest that what’s good for your body is also good for your brain, particularly in the case of older adults.  Indeed, a number of studies have provided evidence that physical exercise helps reduce age-related decline… Read more »

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  • Importance Expressing Condolences Online
    Posted: 11/23/2015

    Online condolences can be very comforting during your time of loss. Instead of friends and family merely reading about the death of a love one in the newspaper, online condolences allows you to write kind words, share memories, view pictures and even a video honoring your loved one’s life.   Many of us are moving… Read more »

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  • How to Help a Friend Through the Grieving Process
    Posted: 12/02/2014

    A grieving friend needs someone to walk by his or her side through the process. You can help by not trying to heal or fix the situation; this is a time when listening means the most. Most people are there to lend a hand right after the death has occurred, so your support will mean… Read more »

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