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Advice on What to Say When Someone Passes Away  (2657934 views)

Knowing what to say to comfort someone who has lost a loved one can be difficult. To help guide you, here are a few suggestions on how you can offer condolences.  Read More

Advice on What to Wear to a Funeral Service  (2345472 views)

When you are determining what to wear to a funeral, consider where and when the service will be held. Every service is unique and the type of service should help you decide the appropriate attire.  Read More

Advice on What to Do Before, During and After a Funeral Service  (2004469 views)

Knowing what to do before, during and after a funeral service can be difficult, especially if you are personally affected by the loss. While every service is unique, we have outlined a few basic tips to help you determine what to do when someone you know loses a loved one.   Read More

Helping a Friend: What to Say when You don’t Know What to Say  (1392500 views)

Filled with recommendations to help you express your feelings in words and deeds, this article offers insight on what to say to a friend who has experienced the death of a loved one.  Read More

Helping a Friend Cope With Grief  (835779 views)

To help a friend cope with grief or loss, we should remember that grieving is a very individual experience which might include distinct personal circumstances, personal cultural or religious beliefs and different styles of coping.  Read More

How to Plan a Memorial Service  (688328 views)

No matter what your final wishes are, planning your funeral service in advance can help ease the burden on your family and friends.  Read More

A Child's View of Grief  (650118 views)

While we cannot protect children and adolescents from death and loss, we can help them deal with their grief. This article explores ways that children and adolescents understand death and experience grief, and how adults can support them.  Read More

Helping Children Cope with Grief  (608293 views)

If you feel ill-prepared to discuss death with a child, you are not alone. But if we are to help them, we must let children know it is all right to talk about death, dying and the grief that follows.  Read More

Twelve Insights into Grieving After the Death of Your Loved One  (583123 views)

Learning how to grieve healthfully, and to mourn so that you can learn to live in adaptively in the absence of your loved one, is no simple task. These 12 insights into grieving can be helpful to the bereaved.  Read More

Helping Yourself When Your Parent Has Died  (568536 views)

Loss of a parent is the single most common form of bereavement in North America. This article explores ways to manage your grief and cope with the death of a parent.  Read More

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Helping Yourself After a Sudden Death  (559392 views)

Because grief may be more complicated when a death is sudden and unexpected, this guide offers suggestions for coping with the sudden loss of a loved one.  Read More

Helping Yourself When Your Child Has Died  (557352 views)

The death of your child is likely to be the most painful and difficult experience you will ever have. This article explores ways you can manage your grief after the loss of a child.   Read More

Helping Yourself Cope with Holidays and Anniversaries  (517216 views)

When the loss of a loved one hurts more on holidays, birthdays and anniversaries, you can take steps to manage your grief by addressing former traditions, creating new ones, and addressing your own needs.  Read More

Helping Yourself When There Has Been a Military Death  (511306 views)

The death of a member of the military brings a special loss to the hearts of loved ones. This article explores the complex emotions that arise when grieving and coping with a military death.  Read More

Coping With Grief: Helping Others Endure Their Loss  (506095 views)

"Coping With Grief: Helping Others Endure Their Loss" is an informative guide to helping a friend cope with their grief after suffering a loss.   Read More

Helping Yourself When an Unborn Baby Dies or a Miscarriage Occurs  (505137 views)

This article explores the complex emotions that arise in grieving the loss of an unborn child, terminated pregnancy or miscarriage, and offers suggestions on how to begin to heal.  Read More

Helping Yourself at Your Time of Loss  (503350 views)

The first few days following a death can be very draining. This article explores some common emotions and steps to healing after the loss of a loved one.  Read More

When a Spouse Dies  (498248 views)

Dr. Kenneth J. Doka provides an exploration of the common themes, adjustments and challenges that emerge after the loss of a spouse as a widow or widower learns to cope with his or her grief.  Read More

Helping Yourself or a Coworker with Grief in the Workplace  (486906 views)

Whether you have suffered a loss and wonder how it will affect your professional life, or whether a coworker is grieving the loss of a loved one, you and others can manage grief in the workplace to make it a place of healing and understanding.  Read More

Helping Yourself When You are a Professional Caregiver  (486334 views)

This article for caregivers of the sick, dying or bereaved explores ways to implement sound self-care strategies while coping with the demands of helping others grieve or prepare for loss.  Read More

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Helping Yourself When Someone You Love Has Died  (475514 views)

This article explores common emotions you may experience when grieving the death of a loved one, and suggests techniques to help you manage your grief.  Read More

Living While Your Death is Imminent  (457977 views)

Living while your death is imminent is a time that is both pressured and precious. Your choices about how you use this time that is currently available to you can affect the quality of your life, and the lives of others around you, in important ways.  Read More

Helping Yourself When Someone You Love is Dying  (455993 views)

Most people think of grief as something we experience only after a death, but we can experience grief during the course of caring for someone with a terminal illness as well.  Read More

When a Parent Dies: Dealing with the Loss of Your Mother or Father  (452410 views)

After the loss of a parent, it is normal to experience the five stages of grief as you cope with the reality of the loss of your mother or father.  Read More

Debunking Common Myths About Advance Funeral Planning  (432480 views)

Some common myths might be keeping you from making your final arrangements in advance. This article takes a look at those myths and clears up some common misconceptions.   Read More

When a Child Dies  (417161 views)

Dr. Kenneth J. Doka provides an exploration of the common themes, adjustments and challenges that emerge after the death of a child as parents learn to cope with their grief.  Read More

When a Loved One Dies: Coping through a Time of Grief  (416293 views)

The five stages of grief – denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance – are a part of the framework that helps us learn to live without the one we lost.  Read More

This is Not Your Grandfather's Funeral  (410394 views)

The key to turning a funeral service into a celebration of the life lived is personalization which allows family, friends and visitors to share memories of the deceased and how he or she relates to the personalized elements of the service or the items on display.  Read More

Helping Yourself When Your Spouse Has Died  (406351 views)

This article explores how you can help yourself when you are grieving the loss of a spouse.  Read More

10 Important Facts About Your VA Burial Benefits  (397276 views)

Because many veterans may not fully understand the burial benefits they’ve earned through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Dignity Memorial providers have compiled a list of 10 Important Facts About VA Burial Benefits as a guide.  Read More

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Advance Funeral Planning for Baby Boomers: Personalization Considerations  (365849 views)

As more and more Baby Boomers plan their own final arrangements, traditional funeral services are being replaced by highly personalized life celebrations.   Read More

Advance Funeral Planning for Baby Boomers: Medicaid Considerations  (348109 views)

A prearranged funeral service usually qualifies as an approved Medicaid “spend-down” expenditure to reduce a person’s net assets in accordance with Medicaid regulations.  Read More

1 Thessalonians 4.13-17  (346431 views)

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope...  Read More

1 Corinthians 13  (339049 views)

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal...  Read More

2 Corinthians 4:16-15:8  (331422 views)

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day...  Read More

5 Ways to Remember Mom - Managing Grief on Mother’s Day  (323277 views)

Mother’s Day can be a hard holiday to handle when you’ve lost your mom. This article identifies several ways you can manage your grief while remembering Mom this Mother’s day.   Read More

Advance Funeral Planning Makes Financial Sense  (322906 views)

While saving your loved ones from making difficult decisions at an already difficult time, planning your funeral in advance also makes good financial sense.   Read More

At 3:30 a.m., Who Do You Reach For?  (317551 views)

When traditional support like family or clergy is unavailable, you and your family are invited to use our toll-free Compassion Helpline for up to one year.   Read More

Getting Home to Pay Respects is Now a Little Easier  (309685 views)

Through the Dignity Memorial Bereavement Travel Program, we provide the best available travel options throughout the U.S. and Canada and to many international destinations.   Read More

At a Distance  (304308 views)

We know what’s involved in making final arrangements when your or your loved one’s native country is far away, and we understand the special issues and emotions that can arise.   Read More

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After All These Years, You Still Want to be Together Always  (300690 views)

Should you move more than 75 miles from where your original arrangements were made, your prearranged funeral, cremation or cemetery plan will be honored by any Dignity Memorial provider throughout North America.   Read More

Have You Recorded Your Wishes?  (299207 views)

In the Personal Planning Guide, you’ll be able to record your preferences for your funeral and cemetery arrangements, from the name of your preferred funeral home and cemetery to lists of pallbearers, readings, musical selections and other personal details.  Read More

Military Funeral Honors  (291455 views)

Dignity Memorial funeral, cremation and cemetery providers are experts in veterans burial benefits and military funeral honors, which include the folding and presentation of the American flag and the playing of taps.  Read More

5 Ways to Remember Dad - Managing Grief on Father’s Day  (286620 views)

Father’s Day can be a hard holiday to handle when you’ve lost your dad. This article identifies several ways you can manage your grief while remembering Dad this Father’s day.   Read More

How to Start the Advance Planning Conversation with Your Loved Ones  (275655 views)

The conversation about your wishes for your funeral and cemetery services doesn’t need to be hard. Use these tips to start the conversation with your family about the importance of making funeral and cemetery arrangements in advance.  Read More

The Catholic Funeral  (273404 views)

A traditional Catholic funeral consists of three main rites: The Vigil (also known as the Wake), the celebration of the Eucharist (formerly called the Requiem Mass), and the Committal.  Read More

All Faiths, All Cultures Honored with Dignity  (264849 views)

As a Dignity Memorial provider, we are proud to serve families of all cultures, beliefs and backgrounds with compassion, care and dignity.  Read More

It’s Sunday Morning. This Call is the Last Thing You Expect.  (263296 views)

It’s your father calling from his vacation in Mexico. As soon as you hear his voice, you know something terrible has happened.   Read More

Things to Remember for an Arrangement Conference  (257930 views)

In order to better serve you and your family, the Dignity Memorial® network has created a listing of things to remember to ease the funeral or cremation arrangement process.   Read More

Recommended Reading on Grief and Loss  (248964 views)

Your local bookstore will have numerous excellent titles on grief management and how to cope with the loss of a loved one or family member. Here is a list of books you may find helpful if you are grieving or helping another cope with the loss of a loved one.  Read More

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At the Grave of a Mother  (246961 views)

Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty; neither do I exercise myself in things too great, or in things too wonderful for me. Surely I have stilled and quieted my soul...  Read More

Planning Ahead Eases Grief for Loved Ones  (245743 views)

Making decisions now about your funeral arrangements can help assure those left behind that your wishes are being honored and ease grief for your loved ones.  Read More

At the Grave of a Husband  (243499 views)

O God, behold and see the sorrow of my heart. Widowed and bereft I mourn the loss of the dear companion of my heart. Thou sleep beneath this tomb, dear husband, and while thou cannot hear me, neither can thou see my tears...  Read More

El Moleh Rachamim  (243169 views)

El malay rachamim shochen bamiromim, Hamtzey menucha nechona tachas kanfey hashechina...   Read More

At the Grave of a Brother or Sister  (242795 views)

O merciful God, standing here at the grave of my dear brother (sister), I fondly recollect the happy years we spent together, sharing the love and traditions of our home and family...  Read More

Part of Your Culture  (242098 views)

In your time of need, you may find comfort in knowing that we understand the traditions of your culture. It’s our culture too. That’s why the services we offer accommodate the most important customs of Hispanic funeral traditions.   Read More

The Jewish Funeral  (238945 views)

The Jewish funeral is a modest, solemn religious service designed to honor the dead and provide support to the deceased’s family and friends as they grieve.  Read More

Ching Ming, or Qingming  (236831 views)

Qingming, also known as Clear Bright Day, Ancestors Day or Tomb Sweeping Day, is one of the most important festivals in Chinese culture.  Read More

At the Grave of a Wife  (236614 views)

With a sorrowing heart, O beloved wife, I fondly recall your love and companionship, your tenderness and devotion and the many comforts and joys you brought into my life...  Read More

Eagle’s Wings  (235910 views)

You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord, who abide in His shadow for life...  Read More

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The Hindu Funeral  (235385 views)

In the Hindu faith, death is a sad occasion, but priests emphasize the journey ahead for the departed soul and the funeral serves as a celebration as well as a remembrance.  Read More

The Hispanic Funeral  (233239 views)

In most Hispanic cultures, death is viewed as the soul’s return home, and funerals are regarded as a part of the natural process of dying. As with any major event, funerals are family affairs in which everyone participates.  Read More

Ecclesiastes  (231821 views)

There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant...  Read More

The Plan Everyone Should Make – Have You?  (229936 views)

Whether your motivation is to ensure your wishes are carried out or to protect your loved ones from making painful decisions at a time of loss, creating a plan for your final arrangements is an important responsibility.   Read More

The Buddhist Funeral  (229838 views)

Reincarnation plays an important role in Buddhist funeral traditions. Buddhists see death as a transition from this life to the next, bringing the soul closer to nirvana, a state of absolute bliss.  Read More

The Asian Funeral  (226168 views)

Many people of Asian origin living in the United States combine their native cultural traditions with Christian funeral practices.  Read More

Scripture and Prayers  (223662 views)

One of the ways you can personalize a service is to include meaningful scripture and prayers.  Read More

How to Shop Around for the One Purchase Everyone Must Make  (222108 views)

Making your final arrangements in advance is the best way to find the funeral provider that’s right for you – one that carries out your wishes and delivers the quality, value and services you want.   Read More

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Planning a Funeral or Cremation Service  (221987 views)

Many people find prearranging their funeral or cremation service to be the best decision they can make for themselves and their family. This article identifies 10 things everyone should know when planning their final arrangements.  Read More

The Benefits of Planning Your Military Funeral or Cremation Service  (206276 views)

By planning your funeral or cremation service today, you can ensure the military protocols or traditions of your choosing are included, while making life much easier for your loved ones.  Read More

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Mourner’s Kaddish  (201709 views)

Yit-ga-dal ve-yit-kadash she-mei ra-ba, Be-al-ma di-ve-ra chi-re-u-tei, ve-yam-lich...  Read More

Philippians 1: 20-2  (201497 views)

I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death...  Read More

Prayer at the Grave of a Father  (197630 views)

Lord, who shall sojourn in Thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell upon Thy holy mountain? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh truth in his heart;   Read More

The Lord’s Prayer  (197290 views)

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name...  Read More

Gentlest Heart of Jesus  (196786 views)

Ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls in purgatory, have mercy on the soul of the departed servant...  Read More

Prayer on Unveiling Monuments  (193667 views)

The body has died; the spirit it housed will never die. On earth our dear ones do live on through those of us to whom they were so very precious...  Read More

The Muslim Funeral  (192078 views)

According to Islamic custom, Muslims bury their dead as soon as possible in order to free the soul from the body, typically within 24 hours.  Read More

Prayer at the Grave of a Child  (192018 views)

Almighty Father, as I stand at the grave of my beloved child, I tenderly recall the joys that he (she) gave me during his (her) lifetime...  Read More

Meditation  (191734 views)

O Shepherd of Israel, Who dost neither slumber nor sleep, we are the people of Thy pasture and the sheep of Thy hand...  Read More

PSALM 90  (191369 views)

Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth...  Read More

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Psalm 23:1-6 (Hebrew)  (190281 views)

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters...  Read More

Prayer on Visiting Graves  (188801 views)

This prayer in addition to any of the Meditations, the Psalms, the El Moley Rachamim and the Kaddish may be recited.  Read More

Greek Orthodox  (188328 views)

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal: have mercy on us...  Read More

Hail Mary  (185322 views)

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with Thee; Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is  Read More

Isaiah 41:10, 13  (183817 views)

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God...  Read More

Resurrection Prayer  (183288 views)

Most Merciful Father, we commend our departed into your hands. We are filled with the sure hope that our departed will rise again on the last day with all who have died in Christ...  Read More

John 6:35-40  (182913 views)

Jesus said to them, ’I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty...  Read More

Yizkor  (182851 views)

In Memory of a Father   Read More

Yizkor  (182827 views)

In Memory of the Dear Departed Ones   Read More

Yizkor  (182768 views)

In Memory of a Mother  Read More

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Yizkor  (182571 views)

In Memory of a Daughter  Read More

Proverbs 31: 10-21  (182171 views)

An Excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain.   Read More

Psalm 121  (181971 views)

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.   Read More

Prayer to St. Theresa  (181679 views)

O Lord, who hast said: Unless you become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven, grant us, we beseech Thee...  Read More

Yizkor  (181602 views)

In Memory of a Wife   Read More

St. Francis Peace Prayer  (181357 views)

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love...  Read More

Psalm 23:1-6  (181064 views)

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters...  Read More

Memorare  (181022 views)

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known, that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided...  Read More

O, Most Holy Mother of Jesus.  (180844 views)

O, Most Holy Mother of Jesus, intercede to your son Jesus to forgive all sins that (Insert Name) has committed here on earth.  Read More

Yizkor Meditation  (180611 views)

Our God and God of our fathers, may the memories of those whom we lovingly recall as we say Yizkor this day influence our lives for...  Read More

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When Someone You Love is Dying: Preparing to Face a Difficult Loss  (180303 views)

When someone you love is dying, your choices about how you use the time available to you can affect the quality of your life, and the lives of others around you, in important ways.  Read More

The Protestant Funeral  (177056 views)

While each Protestant denomination has its own distinct doctrines and practices, all revolve around the Christian theme that there is life after death for those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their savior.  Read More

Psalm 91:1-2  (175963 views)

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty...  Read More

Remembering our Heroes: Paying your respects on Memorial Day  (94139 views)

Memorial Day is a day to remember and honor those men and women of the armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and for our freedom.This article identifies several ways to pay your respects on Memorial Day.  Read More

Healing During the Holidays: 5 Ways to Remember Loved Ones While Still Celebrating the Season  (71630 views)

For the millions of Americans who have suffered the recent loss of a loved one, the holidays can be more sorrowful than joyful  Read More

Caring for a Veteran: Understanding Their Unique Needs and Your Own  (40710 views)

As a person who loves a veteran, you may find that you need the same things non-veterans and their families need when a loss is experienced: comfort, sympathy, emotional support of friends and family, knowledge, coping skills, time, and healing. You may also discover that the military culture may create special grief needs. You may be aware of the importance of the service that your loved one provided for our country, but you may not be aware that you too have served.   Read More

Four Final Life Lessons Nobody Told Veterans…Until Now  (40604 views)

This article is about you. I have been asked to write it because I was a nurse, and I have taken care of more than 10,000 veterans as they faced the end of their lives. I have seen and learned things from them that you may not know about— things that no one has previously told you. So I encourage you to let their words and lessons inform and inspire you.  Read More

The Holidays, Trauma and Loss: A Time For Healing And A Time To Make Meaning  (37536 views)

Significant life changes, joyous or painful, usually elicit some kind of “anniversary” reaction. This period of remembering usually refers to a specific time frame after an event has occurred; a week, month, and most commonly, a year.   Read More

Four Final Life Lessons Nobody Told Veterans…Until Now  (29663 views)

This article is about you. I have been asked to write it because I was a nurse, and I have taken care of more than 10,000 veterans as they faced the end of their lives. I have seen and learned things from them that you may not know about— things that no one has previously told you. So I encourage you to let their words and lessons inform and inspire you.  Read More

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