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Why Do We Say Passed Away When Someone Dies?

If you have ever asked Why do we say passed away or passed instead of someone died?, then you’re not alone. The language we use around grief is complicated and nuanced, and influenced by more than just our emotions at a particularly difficult time. In fact, there’s more than one language…...

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Funeral Readings: A Brief Guide

Deciding on the best funeral readings for your loved one’s service can be one of the most overwhelming choices you face when planning a service. Not only are there countless options to choose from, but knowing which funeral readings will best memorialize and celebrate your loved one can be a…...

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Best Funeral Songs

Knowing the best funeral songs to play at a loved one’s service can be a difficult choice. Unless your loved one left details about their wishes for their preferred service, it might even seem an overwhelming task: what songs are best for funerals? Are there good funeral songs? Should you…...

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Grief and Loneliness: You Are Not Alone

It might feel like grief and loneliness go hand in hand. It’s not uncommon to isolate ourselves after the death of a loved one. Often, the abundance of overwhelming emotions makes it difficult to be with other people. We might feel anger, despair, or sadness. We might also feel the…...

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What To Say When Someone’s Parent Dies

Knowing what to say when someone’s parent dies can seem impossible. The death of a parent is a loss that is unparalleled no matter how old you are when it happens. Losing a parent when you are a child can lead to increased economic hardship, depression, and other issues. Losing…...

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Unique, Non-Traditional Funeral Ideas

If you’ve ever wondered if more unique, non-traditional funeral ideas might suit you or your loved ones more than a typical service, you’re not alone. More and more people are asking about their options for a funeral service that better reflects their loved one. We mean no disrespect to traditions…...

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Funeral Gifts Instead of Flowers

One of the questions you might have when trying to comfort someone who has lost a loved one is what funeral gifts instead of flowers can I send or give that will help them feel better? The impulse to send flowers is a good one, and it’s one we all…...

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Benefits of Cremation Services

If your loved one left a living will or end of life instructions, thinking about the benefits of cremation vs. burial might not be necessary for you and your family as you grieve. Because your loved one indicated the type of service they want, you can simply focus on carrying…...

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The Best Books on Grieving

There is a reason the best books on grieving continue to be beloved books for people even long after they’ve been published. Grief is an experience we all face at one time or another, but because we all grieve differently, we can’t assume we know how someone else feels as…...

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How to Support Someone Who is Grieving

It can feel impossible to know how to support someone who is grieving. Grief is an intensely personal, and often private, process. One of the things we hear and read when we study grief is that everyone is different: some process alone, others with family and community; some need to…...

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