Food and funerals

Posted on October 4th, 2019
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Why is food such a fundamental part of any funeral? Food provides comfort and strength. A gift of food shows that we care. It’s natural to connect food with the healing process of a funeral. When should you give food? What’s helpful without being overwhelming?  How do you accept food graciously without having to buy […]

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Funerals are for Saints and Sinners

Posted on August 23rd, 2019
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These days we’re hearing a lot about life celebrations. A funeral is a ceremony for someone who has died and the survivors. A celebration of life is a funeral with a celebratory feel and it may or may not have a faith-based component. Celebrating the life of the accomplished, the kind, and the generous feels […]

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How to Dress for a Funeral

Posted on August 1st, 2019
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First, understand that what you wear to the funeral is much less important than actually going to the funeral or gathering.  Don’t underestimate the value of your presence. Your kind words, shared stories, or even just a hug will mean a great deal to friends and family when there has been a death. Don’t let […]

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How to Say the Right Thing at a Funeral

Posted on June 23rd, 2019
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First, take a deep breath and relax. We all worry that we’ll say the wrong thing. Second, know that you don’t have to be eloquent. While we wish it were so, you can’t make everything all better with a few words. Here are a few simple ideas to keep in mind to be sure you […]

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What to Expect at a Funeral

Posted on June 22nd, 2019
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We’ve all been there. Going to a funeral can be a little daunting, especially if it’s your first or if it’s been awhile since you attended one. Let’s talk a little bit about some of the terms you will hear and what you can expect in general.

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