Memorial Service & Bereavement Information Center

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The Information Center is a resource for information related to planning a funeral, creating an online memorial, finding bereavement or condolence poetry, writing a eulogy and coping with grief and sadness. We encourage you to peruse the article in this area to find basic information on these and many more topics.

Funeral Traditions around the World

August 8th, 2011

Funeral memorials may seem predictable, at least from an American perspective. Here in the U.S., planning a funeral involves finding a suitable church or other location, writing a eulogy, inviting guests and selecting a funeral plot, among other common practices.

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Enduring Ways to Memorialize a Loved One

August 5th, 2011

As you work through the grieving process, it’s natural to feel like the whole world is shifting under your feet. In such times, it’s healing to keep a reminder of your loved one nearby. Traditionally, that reminder came in the form of a gravestone.

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Celebrate a Loved One With an Online Memorial

December 29th, 2010

Navy TemplateThe loss of a loved one is never an easy thing to deal with. There are many different aspects of death that must be dealt with in order to move on. Along with your natural grieving process, a funeral must be arranged, along with memorial services. When doing this, it is important to be able to reach out to as many people as possible in order for them to pay their respects to the deceased. This is especially true if some people are unable to attend a funeral or memorial service for whatever reason. To this end, allows you to create an online memorial for celebrating the life of a lost loved one, and to help others come to terms with their death. This helps unite family from all across the board, and even notifies those who were simple acquaintances with the deceased pay their final respects.

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Funeral Flowers

November 11th, 2010

Death is an aspect of life that is unfortunately reserved for everyone who lives to experience. Whether it is the passing of a friend, family, or even themselves, everyone must undergo dealing with death. How we come to terms with the loss of someone is unique, however. We all must deal with the grief in different ways. Some prefer to deal with it openly and with the support of their closest family and friends. While other choose to deal with it on there own. In spite of our unique ways of grieving, the passing of a loved one, while an ugly time of grief, also brings our similarities together. The process is different for every individual person, but there remain a few cultural significances that apply to all of us. That is, giving flowers as tribute to the passed, and as tokens of condolences for the bereaved. Funeral flowers are an important part of the funeral, and the kinds of flowers you choose to leave say a mouthful. Also, it is a common courtesy to send flowers to the immediate family left by the deceased. This is a great way to let them know that you care, and support them through their time of grief. Here at you will find a wide selection of different funeral flowers for you to mourn the loss of your loved one, and to help the grieving get through their rough patch.

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Memorial Jewelry Keeps Loved One Close

August 19th, 2010

Alexandrite DiamondIf you are dealing with the loss of someone close to you, then we at Valley of Life know just what you are going through. The grief that one feels when their significant other, friend, or relative dies is overwhelming. While some people suggest moving on is the best way to go about grieving, keeping the memory of a lost loved one close is a practice that has been done for ages. Memorial jewelry, for example, is a way of keeping your loved one close to you even in death. Memorial jewelry is a safekeeping place for the ashes, or other remains, of a loved one who has passed on. Some choose to wear memorial jewelry in the form of necklaces, bracelets, and rings, while others may display their memorial jewelry in their home. Whatever the case, memorial jewelry is a great way to remember the passed, and to keep them with you at all times if you so choose.

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Tips for Writing a Funeral Announcement

July 27th, 2010

FlowersThe mourning process of a loved one’s death can be complicated by bureaucratic processes that seem counter-intuitive to the grieving process. This is due to the fact that there are funeral arrangements to be handled, calls to be made, and letters to be written. All of which is exhausting and even further depressing. After all, who wants to sit down and write a composed letter in such an emotional time? However, during the tragic time of losing a loved one for whatever reasons, whether it be natural or untimely, it is important to work through your grief to allow yourself to put together a funeral announcement. The passing of a loved one is never an easy thing to deal with, let alone write about. However, it is vital to put together a funeral announcement in order to let others in the community know about the passing of someone they may have cared about as well.

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How Preplanning Your Funeral Can Save Your Family Money

June 21st, 2010

The Funeral Preplanning GuidePrepaid funerals have gotten a bad rap lately, mostly due to unscrupulous funeral directors and sneaky prepaid plans with hidden costs. And when you think about it, it’s scary to drop money now on something that won’t happen until after you’re gone. It’s a tremendous act of faith.

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How to Take Control of Your End-of-Life Care

April 29th, 2010

Many people have definite ideas about life-prolonging measures such as mechanical ventilators and CPR. Yet as many as 80% of the U.S. population have not yet created living will, or a legal document that outlines what type of end-of life care you wish to receive.

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Prevent Suicide by Knowing the Signs

March 17th, 2010

Suicide is no laughing matter. There is nothing glamorous, dignified or special about a human being taking his or her own life. In the aftermath of such tragedy, families and friends are left to pick up the pieces of their confused and shattered hearts.

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Talking to Family About Funeral Preplanning

December 1st, 2009

Whether you have firm opinions on what type of funeral service you’d like or what medical treatment you want to receive in your final days, it’s important to communicate your desires to your family sooner rather than later. Waiting for the unforeseen to happen means you risk leaving your loved ones to make difficult decisions in the midst of their pain and grief.

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