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5 Meaningful Ways to Honor the Life of a Loved One

For many, the loss of a loved one leaves one asking “what’s next?” The final services have been concluded, goodbyes have been said, and yet there seems to be something else that needs to be done. A solution may be to find a way to honor the life of that…...

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What Are Some of the Benefits of Pre-Planning Your Cremation?

It may seem contrary to what most may initially believe, but there are numerous positive, and even uplifting, benefits to pre-planning your own cremation. It can provide a certain peace of mind to know that your final wishes will be handled accordingly. Here are some of the specific benefits of…...

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Origin of Cremations in Western Countries

It may be surprising for some to learn that while cremation has been traced back to the Stone Age, it has a relatively short history in the West and the United States. Today, cremation has exceeded traditional burial in popularity in the U.S. Here is a quick look at the…...

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How to Personalize a Post-Cremation Memorial Service

As more and more families choose cremation, they are also discovering how to better plan and personalize post-cremation memorial services. Post-cremation memorial services offer more timing flexibility, can be held in a selection of locations, and can be touching and even uplifting. Here are some steps to help you plan…...

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What Are Simple Cremations?

Initially, cremations began to grow in popularity because they were a more affordable alternative to the traditional elaborate, multi-day funeral services and burials. As more major religions accepted cremation, more families sought them out. As time has passed, however, the reasons for choosing cremations have expanded. Some people like the…...

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Proper Etiquette Practices for Cremation Ceremonies

As cremations continue to grow in popularity over traditional final services and burials, more and more people are being faced with questions regarding the etiquette at cremation services. Here are some thoughts that should help. How to Dress Dressing for a cremation service is relatively simple if you keep a…...

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Different Types of Cremains Containers

If you were asked what is the definition of an urn you might respond with “a container that holds the ashes of someone who was cremated”. That is a reasonable and fairly accurate response. What, however, if you were asked to DESCRIBE an urn? How would you describe one? Many…...

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Why Empathy is Important in Life

We’ve spent some time recently talking about sympathy and empathy. To recap, sympathy is often described as something you express while empathy is more of something you feel. We’ve touched upon the three types of empathy, Cognitive, Emotive and Compassionate. Cognitive is the recognition or understanding that another is suffering,…...

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Why Has Cremation Risen in Popularity?

While cremation traces its history to ancient times, the modern cremation chamber wasn’t invented until 1873. It wasn’t until 13 years later that the first cremation chamber was used in the United States, in Washington, Pennsylvania. While these chambers made cremation more efficient, the process still lagged far behind traditional…...

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How to Comfort Loved Ones Experiencing Grief

At the Cremation Society of Greater Cincinnati, many of the questions we receive are related to grief. What should be said to someone who is grieving? Are there subjects that should be avoided? How does someone comfort a loved one experiencing grief? Like so many aspects of life, there is…...

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