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What To Do When a Parent Dies: A Checklist

Your parents are getting older. You know that, and you’ve come to terms with it (or at least you’re trying). And once they can no longer take care of themselves, your relationship with them drastically changes, and you are obligated to step in to take care of their affairs. Many people experience emotional trauma and

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Everything to Know About the Interment of Ashes

Interment of ashes refers to cremated remains being buried in the ground or placed in a columbarium. A columbarium  is a building specially designed to hold ashes.  Interment is ideal for people who do not wish for their ashes to be scattered or displayed in the home.   There are also religious reasons for ashes to

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How Long To Wait Before Arranging Funeral Service

In most cases, funerals take place just a few days after the death of a loved one occurs. But is this the proper funeral etiquette?  Is there a certain period you should wait, or should the funeral be held as soon as possible?  What determines the length of time between the death and a funeral,

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Virtual funeral etiquette

Virtual Funeral Etiquette

Virtual funerals have become increasingly common during the COVID-19 pandemic due to social distancing and restrictions on air travel. They are similar to traditional in-person funerals but are live-streamed on platforms such as Facebook, Skype, and Zoom. These platforms make it possible for anyone worldwide to view a funeral from their computer, smartphone, or tablet.

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How to Plan a Virtual Funeral Service

Due to the global pandemic, people worldwide have had to cancel, reschedule and alter major life events to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. In addition to limits on social gatherings, the pandemic has increased travel restrictions for air and bus travel, making it difficult for friends and family to travel for funerals. In response

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Best Gifts For A Grieving Family

When the loved one of a friend or family member passes away, it can be tough finding the right gift to let the surviving person and their family know that you’re thinking about them during a difficult time. So whether you’re overwhelmed with the recommendations you’ve found online or have no clue where to start,

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How To Transfer Cremated Remains Into An Urn

When a loved one passes away, it’s common for their remains to be cremated and shipped to the surviving members of the family or friends. In some cases, these remains are not shipped with an urn. When this occurs, many people opt to purchase an urn separate from where their loved one was cremated. But

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How To Write An Obituary

When a loved one passes away, it’s hard to put into words exactly how you’d like them to be remembered. Often, this task is one that’s handed off to a family member of the deceased. Whether it’s the college graduate or the writer in the family, the job of writing the obituary is one that

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Offering Condolences: The Right Things to Say at a Funeral

Dealing with death is never easy, regardless of your relation to the deceased. If you’ve been invited to a funeral, the person that invited you looks at you as someone they want around in their time of need – whether you were friends with their loved one, or simply a friend to them.

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What To Say In A Sympathy Thank You Note

Neptune Society is here to help you in your time of need by providing you with some tips on what to include in a sympathy thank you note, or funeral thank you card. 

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