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Maybe you’ve heard something about this or know someone who wears a pendant that contains part of a loved one’s cremated remains (commonly called ashes). Have you wondered how that works? Generally, there are two types of cremation jewelry: those that hold remains, and those...

Have you sat through a cremation arrangement meeting with a funeral home? If so, you probably reached the end of the financial paperwork and asked, “What are all the cremation fees?” Let’s talk about some of the most common ones. Cremation Permit and Medical Examiner Fees When...

I’m not a grief counselor although I’ve benefited greatly from the ones I know. And I’m not a pastor or priest. But I am a funeral director who has experienced all sides of the Holiday Season and am grateful for those who help make this...

If you made the decision to choose cremation as an alternative to conventional burial, you may be seeking a way to have a green cremation. A properly and responsibly conducted cremation is considered by some to be more environmentally-friendly than traditional burial. Even if you...

There are many flavors of motherhood, and I’ve been blessed to experience several of them as a working mother. Working mothers. Mothers with mothers still living. Mothers grieving their mothers. Mothers caring for aging parents. So when I think of Mother’s Day, I do it from...

We have the honor of meeting with hundreds of families each year. As a result, we frequently talk with people in non-traditional next of kin relationship structures. In these cases, it is extremely important for the people to understand what the law says, and doesn’t...

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