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The Complete Guide to Burials

Reading Time: 5 minutes When a loved one dies, one of the immediate next steps is planning the burial. Even those who opt for cremation may choose a cemetery burial, making this a critical consideration for virtually everyone. While it may

Complete Guide to Planning a Funeral

Reading Time: 5 minutes Planning a funeral doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated, but it can feel overwhelming. Start here with Graceland’s Complete Guide to Planning a Funeral.  With step-by-step insights and actionable strategies for finalizing every detail, you’ll have the tools

The Complete Guide to Memorial Services

Reading Time: 6 minutes Planning a memorial service can often seem complicated, especially when trying to plan one in the midst of your grief. To help you, we’ve created this simple Guide to Memorial Services. Here you’ll find everything you need to

Helping Your Sister Through Grief

Reading Time: 4 minutes Life changes fast. Life changes in the instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends. So begins author Joan Didion’s memoir “The Year of Magical Thinking” in which she shares what life and grieving

5 Things to Say to Someone Who’s Grieving

Reading Time: 2 minutes Though we’re all well acquainted with how to celebrate happy occasions with people, sad ones are more fraught with worry. It’s sad, it’s awkward, and it’s hard to know what exactly to say when someone you know

10 Things You Can Do When Someone You Know Suffers a Loss

Reading Time: 2 minutes After a lifetime of helping families with final arrangements, we can tell you that the most frequent questions we get aren’t about headstones, caskets, memorial services, or burials. When people ask those questions, what they really want

What To Wear To A Funeral

Reading Time: 2 minutes With funeral traditions changing so quickly, what to wear has become a very common question. In the 1970s, for example, it was unthinkable not to wear your traditional best to a funeral. Men wore a suit, or

The Complete Guide to Cremation

Reading Time: 4 minutes Planning a cremation doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated. You can learn everything you need to know with our simple and comprehensive guide to cremation. What do scientist Albert Einstein, psychiatrist Sigmund Freud, musician George Harrison, and actor

Three Tips for Writing a Eulogy: Getting Started

Reading Time: 4 minutes by Carrie Phelps & Jaime Hollander Losing a loved one can be a difficult and painful experience, but it also presents a unique opportunity to honor the deceased’s life in a personal and deeply meaningful way. For

Choosing Sympathy Flowers: Flowers & Their Meanings

Reading Time: 4 minutes You don’t have to be a professional florist to know what flowers to include in your sympathy arrangement. Here is a guide on how to choose sympathy flowers, including types of flowers to send and their meanings.

One Simple Rule: How to Write a Sympathy Note

Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s surprising but true: many people avoid sending much-needed sympathy notes because, simply, they don’t know what to write. While it can seem overwhelming to strike an appropriate tone and find the “right” words, know that the

How to Write an Obituary: Five Tips

Reading Time: 4 minutes We’ve all read the traditional obituaries packed with the the names, places, people, career highlights that defined a person’s life. And while these examples should make it easy to put pen to paper, when we’re called on

Which to Choose: Burial or Cremation?

Reading Time: 2 minutes How do you choose between cremation vs. burial? Not sure what you prefer? Here are some things to consider to help you make the best decision. Advantages of Cremation The cremation rate in the U.S. has almost

What to Do First When Someone Dies

Reading Time: 4 minutes Who do I call? What should I say? Here’s what to do first when someone dies, and what to do in the hours and days that follow. What should you do first when someone dies? Death isn’t