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Stress-free Scattering of Ashes

Stress-free Scattering of Ashes

You are planning a scattering ceremony, a dignified, reflective, quiet moment to release the remains of your loved one. You may be thinking of a water burial or scattering near a special trail in the woods where the family enjoyed walking. Wherever the location, there are often factors that turn the sacred ceremony we have envisioned into a scene from a dark comedy. In hopes that you will have the scattering ceremony you are planning, we would like to share some tips for stress-free scattering.
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What is a Columbarium?

What is a Columbarium?

cremation urn has been selected, and the memorial service or funeral for your loved one has occurred. Now, the final step is to choose the resting place for the cremation urn. In this article, we define what a columbarium is and why families may choose to place a loved one's urn in a columbarium.
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Making a Memorial Service Memorable

Making a Memorial Service Memorable

A memorial service -- sometimes called a life celebration -- is one of the final things you will do for a loved one. It is an honor to be involved in paying tribute to a person's life. With some thought, a memorial service can and should be as unique as the person being honored and can give great comfort as family and friends gather and participate in the event.    
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5 Things To Know When Working With A Funeral Home

5 Things To Know When Working With A Funeral Home

Sadly, for many of us the subject of death is taboo. We just don’t talk about it -- yet, it happens to us all. At some point, you may have to make funeral arrangements for a loved one. Few people approach this task with prior knowledge and experience which can complicate an already challenging time. In this post, Stardust Memorials shares information about some of your options and choices as you work with a funeral home -- in the hope that it will help you through this uncharted territory. 
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Planting a Memorial Tree: A Lasting Tribute

Planting a Memorial Tree: A Lasting Tribute

A memorial tree can be a meaningful way to remember and honor a loved one. In the outdoors, you can experience the reward of watching something grow that is connected to your beloved friend or relative. A tree can be a symbol of a life and of love -- as well as a physical location that you can visit. Here are more details on how to create a living legacy with a memorial tree. 
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The Costs of Traditional Burial Vs. Cremation

The Costs of Traditional Burial Vs. Cremation

Burial vs. Cremation costs - Is a traditional burial more expensive than cremation? The traditional funeral is arranged through a funeral home with visitation, a casket service, and a burial in a cemetery. A traditional funeral with viewing and burial can cost between $7,000 and $10,000. Opting for cremation can reduce the cost of a traditional funeral home service by an average of $1,400. Cremation is less expensive in general because families are not paying for embalming, the casket, the hearse, burial, and the added time from the funeral home staff.
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How Much Should I Pay For An Urn?

How Much Should I Pay For An Urn?

If you are unsure what cremation urns should cost, you are not alone. Urns for ashes are not a regular purchase -- most people don’t know what to expect to pay. There are many factors that can affect the price of an urn: material, size, personalization, destination, etc.. Within this article, we will list a few things to help you narrow down what you can expect to pay for the urn you have chosen for your loved one. 
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Four Reasons Color Choice Matters When Choosing a Cremation Urn

Four Reasons Color Choice Matters When Choosing a Cremation Urn

Families choosing a cremation urn for a loved one may want to consider color in the urn selection process. Color can be a wonderful way to express feelings, give a sense of a loved one's style or personality, and even be chosen to fit in to the family home.

Urn colors can evoke an emotion or a mood. Lighter colors tend to express a feeling of tranquility, while intense, brighter shades can express energy and intensity. Warm colors like red, orange and yellow can result in feelings of comfort or warmth. Cooler colors like blue, green and violet can create feelings of calmness or serenity.

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