1. Tips for Planning a Funeral Reception

    What is the Difference Between a Wake and a Reception? While a wake is a more traditional religious service that is akin to a visitation or viewing, the reception is a less formal gathering that usually takes place after the funeral. During a wake, mourners will be able to pay their last respects to the deceased and show support and condolences to their family. A reception, however, is an informal…Read More

  2. Funeral Etiquette: What To Wear, Do & Say at a Funeral

    What to Wear to A Funeral While it may seem like common sense, modern times have blurred what used to be clear guidelines for appropriate funeral dress. Some traditions have held their ground, such as wearing black, but there now tends to be a bit more leeway than those traditions allowed decades ago. It is generally acceptable to wear almost any dark or subdued hue, especially navy blues and grey…Read More

  3. Mourning in Uncertainty: Covid-19 and Funerals

    These are confusing and unprecedented times. Covid-19 has seemingly taken our world hostage and with it the rituals that often provide us a sense of normalcy and comfort. When a loved one passes, we desperately need the closure that a funeral or memorial service provides. Yet social distancing guidelines set in place by the CDC have made traditional services nearly impossible. Groups of ten or mor…Read More

  4. Catholic Funeral Readings, Passages & Bible Verses

    Worshipful bible verses and readings are a core component of most religions, and Christianity is no different. As the world’s largest Christian sect, Catholicism has built up a wealth of religiously significant prayers, many of which are very old and have been rewritten, updated, and translated to nearly every language in the world. While most of these readings focus on worship and the story of …Read More

  5. Catholic Funeral Songs & Hymns

    Few things can be as emotionally draining and stressful as planning a funeral for a family member. Between setting the arrangements, selecting a church, and contacting family and friends, few people stop to consider the music that will be played at the service. Though it's hard to choose the perfect Catholic funeral songs for Mom, Dad, or any family member or friend, it's important to find the rig…Read More

  6. Catholic Funeral Masses and Ceremonies

    With an estimated 1.2 billion practicing members across the world, Catholicism reigns supreme as the single largest and most impactful sect of Christianity. With the powerful Vatican serving as the home of the church, and the Pope holding his position as the head of the church, Catholicism has helped influence world politics and actions for centuries. Though the religion itself has gone through ma…Read More

  7. Composing a Funeral Thank You Card

    Today family members and loved ones responsible for making final arrangements sometimes send formal thank you cards to those who expressed their condolences or provided helpful assistance to them during a funeral. While certainly not a universal practice, sending these notes offers some measure of comfort to senders and recipients during the grieving process. This brief article seeks to help anyon…Read More

  8. How to Pre-Plan Your Own Funeral

    There are a number of reasons why it is a good idea to plan your funeral. During such an emotional time, it helps loved ones to alleviate the additional stress of having to make all the decisions associated with planning a funeral by taking care of the logistics in advance. A pre arranged funeral also gives the deceased the opportunity to have a more personalized arrangement. They can have the opp…Read More

  9. The Stages of Grief When Dealing with Loss

    Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, the world-renowned psychiatrist and author of "On Death and Dying," once explained that there really are no coincidences that just happen to befall us in life. Instead, everything that does occur does so as a Higher Power's greater plan for us to learn from and overcome. Ross, who spent countless time with dying patients and documenting their grief, recognized a particular …Read More

  10. How to Write an Obituary For Your Loved One

    There are several parts to an obituary that extend beyond merely writing it. You may initially think that this is all that is needed, but think again - unfortunately, it’s not that straightforward. Not only do you have to create the obituary, but you have to submit it as well as gather information for the actual obituary. Furthermore, there are other options available to you to help alleviate th…Read More