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Tips for Helping Others Heal

Issue 45.17

Because all of us at some point will suffer the loss of a loved one. We will also experience having the opportunity to help a close friend, family member or co-worker also deal with the death of a loved one or friend. It is important that we do our best to […]

Life Is About Action

Issue 35.17

Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.

— Norman Vincent Peale

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A Reflection Of Good Planning

Issue 26.17

Of all the things you can do for your family, planning and funding your funeral may be one of the most considerate and caring. In my 25+ years of serving families of Southern Utah when the death of a loved one occurs, I have helped both those who have taken the […]

“Failing To Plan” = “Planning To Fail”

Issue 4.17

More than 70 percent of adults avoid preparing for end of life realities. They don’t have wills, trusts, advanced medical directives or preneed funeral planning in place before there’s a death in the family.

Most people never “plan to fail, they simply fail to plan” There are many reasons to plan […]

Making Friends With Death:

Issue 35.16

In 1923, Rilke wrote, “Death is our friend, precisely because it brings us into absolute and passionate presence with all that is here, that is natural, that is love.” But in twenty-first century America, it is rare to meet someone on friendly terms with death. It is the outcome that we […]

Why Do Hearses Have S-Shaped Scrolls Where The Back Windows Should Be?

Issue 19.16

Those diagonal irons on the rear quarter panel of hearses are called “landau bars.” They are purely decorative today, but they once served a purpose and are now in place as a nod to history.

The landau carriage was invented in Germany in the mid-18th century. Lightweight and suspended on elliptical […]

6 Tips On Funeral Etiquette

Issue 9.16

Over the past 24 years working as a funeral director I have seen many changes in the way people handle the passing of a loved one. When I first began my career serving families here in Washington County, the media age had not yet taken hold; it seemed that people had […]

An Interesting Funeral

Issue 41.15

One day all the employees of a very unusual company reached their office and all saw a big sign on the main door which said this . . .

‘Yesterday, the person who has been hindering your growth in this company passed away. We invite you to join the funeral in […]

Have I Planned Enough?

Issue 26.15

Question: Are there benefits to setting aside funds for my funeral ahead of time? The answer is yes. By planning now, it may spare your family the financial burden of paying for your funeral when you die. Decisions about who is responsible for paying and where the money will come from […]

Consumer Tips On Prepaying For A Funeral:… Planning Ahead

Issue 16.15

The wisdom to plan ahead has been preached for decades. It is especially true when it comes to planning for one’s death. Funeral Pre-Planning has been around for years and has saved many families, the financial and emotional toll that losing a loved one can bring. Each person must be diligent […]