End-of-Life care is meant to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual care and comfort for someone suffering from a terminal illness. This can be an emotional time for all parties involved, but there are ways to prepare yourself.
Does the law require the use of a funeral home to plan and facilitate a cremation or memorial service?
If you’re the primary caregiver for a loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you’ll have to assist in making arrangements to secure their financial future.
A cremation society is an organization made up of members who want to ensure their future cremation.
Unfortunately, many Americans pass away in care facilities without any life insurance policy or savings for final arrangements.
Often, when a needy senior citizen passes in a care center, the financial burden of burial, cremation, or any type of service becomes the responsibility of the family and relatives left behind.
At National Cremation, our funeral directors are frequently asked whether or not funeral expenses are a tax deductible expense. Although we advise you to consult a tax specialist who can answer this question more fully according to the specifics of your case, there are some general rules to consider when answering this question.
When a loved one dies, you’ll have to cope with a wide range of emotions. You may feel shock, confusion, sadness, loneliness, anger, anxiety, guilt, relief or any combination of these. Yet while you’re experiencing these emotions, there are also practical concerns you’ll have to take into consideration.
Upon receiving the Memento Kit that comes with a National Cremation prepaid cremation, many don’t know exactly what to do with it. The Memento Kit has a variety of uses, and it is much more than a fancy box. Here are a few ideas to help you take full advantage of this piece of your cremation plan.
If you or a loved one served on active duty or in certain reserve branches of the US Armed forces, you may be eligible for a Veteran’s Administration (VA) burial allowance and other benefits as a result of your service to our country.
The cremation of a loved one does not end upon the acceptance of his or her ashes. Some prefer setting up a traditional funeral or a memorial service to show how much a family member means. If you’re wondering whether you can have funeral or memorial services with cremation, National Cremation has the answer: Yes, you can.
Top 4 Places to Inter Cremated Remains in Florida If you’re preparing for an end-of-life ceremony and you’re considering interring cremated remains in the Sunshine State, you’re on the right track. Florida is one of the best states in the U.S. for cremation and memorials, not just because of the sun, ocean, and views. In Continue reading
In 1960, only 3.6% of Americans chose cremation. The projected cremation rate for 2015 is astronomically higher at 48.2%. That’s a 1,238.88% increase in the number of people choosing cremation over a span of just 65 years. According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the projected cremation rate will continue to rise in the coming years, with 55.8% of Americans expected to choose cremation in 2020 and 70.6% in 2030.
Following the loss of a closely bonded owner or another pet, our pets can suffer separation anxiety or depression just as people do. Pet owners, especially cat and dog lovers can be sensitive to their pet’s grief.
Talking about end-of-life planning with your parents is no simple feat, as no one wants to think about death. However, planning for the end of your loved one’s lives can safeguard their well-being and put your mind at ease.
It takes a lot of courage to heal from the loss of a loved one. For many of us, reading a good book about grief is one of many helpful ways to recover.
We at National Cremation believe that each person has a unique way of grieving, so we came up with a list of the best books to help your personal grieving process. We are with you during this difficult moment of your life.
When a member of the military dies or is permanently injured as a direct result of their service, the government offers their loved ones a variety of benefits.
These offerings are administered through the Veterans Benefits Administration and can help provide security during a difficult and tumultuous time.
Writing an obituary offers a chance to notify others of your loved one’s passing, and is also an opportunity to celebrate life and share what made that person special to those who loved them. Because of this dual purpose, obituary writing often feels challenging, due to the great responsibility that the obituary writer carries both to the person who is gone, as well as to those left behind.
During funeral services, it’s not uncommon for friends and family to speak about what their loved one meant to them, but what happens afterward? When the departed has reached his or her resting place, can any following memorial services tell a complete life story? How can you say goodbye to your parent, grandparent, or friend in a delicate and meaningful way?
Experiencing the passing of a loved one can leave us in an emotional and vulnerable state of mind. Navigating grief during this time can make planning and executing cremation funerals especially difficult, and sometimes people take advantage of this. But there are ways to protect yourself and your finances.
Recently, cremation has become the most popular option for Americans when making final arrangements; it is more cost-effective than traditional burial, and it offers a variety of ways to memorialize our loved ones. Here are just some of the reasons that its popularity has skyrocketed within recent years:
Traditional memorial services capture the essence of a loved one. However, each individual brings something unique to this world, so you’ll want the memorial service to be unique to them.
If you’re wondering how to plan a memorial service, it is natural to gravitate towards the usual services – traditional burials, services at funeral homes. If you’re one to think outside the box, here are ten ways you can personalize your loved one’s memorial service:
For many children, the death of a loved one may be their first experience with the concepts of mortality, death and dying. For others, the death may come at a time when they already understand those concepts, but may not know much about what happens after. In either case, National Cremation recommends that you keep a child’s developmental stage in mind when discussing difficult topics such as death and cremation.
Cremation has risen in popularity in recent years due to its affordability and flexibility compared to traditional funeral and burial options.
However, many families do not fully understand the cremation process. We created this post to inform our National Cremation families and readers on cremation and clarify commonly misunderstood industry terms.
National Cremation Society in Jacksonville, FL is partnering with Azalea Health to sponsor Golf Fore Health and Wellness Day on January 17th from 10am to 2pm at River Bend Golf Links. National Cremation Society in Jacksonville and Azalea Health are the co-sponsors of this event. Azalea Health will be offering free health screenings. Additionally, they Continue reading
When you are young, you hardly worry about the prospect of falling. Generally, the worst that happens is a small bruise, be it on your tailbone or your ego. Even if the fall is more severe than usual, broken bones tend to recover more easily when you’re younger, and you retain a greater independence during Continue reading
While everyone should take the time to consider their end-of-life plans with family and loved ones, that process is all the more important for veterans and active service members. There are several circumstances, benefits, and services these men and women will have to consider that don’t apply to the civilian population. These benefits apply to Continue reading
These days, eco-conscious decisions can be found in just about every industry. Across the U.S., more and more people are trying to reduce their carbon footprint, limit their pollution, recycle more often, compost their biodegradable trash, and drive in electric cars – or just bike. The funeral industry is no different: Families have begun seeking Continue reading
Writing a will, like so much of end of life planning, can be emotionally difficult. Doing so forces you to confront your own mortality and make tough decisions about how you would like your family to proceed once you are gone. As difficult as this process is, it is necessary, lest succession laws govern how to settle your Continue reading
Helping Those Experiencing a Loss Over the Holidays Talking to friends who may have lost a loved one over the holiday season can be tricky. Most people don’t know what to say or feel helpless when their friends grieve in front of them. However, those in grief often benefit from the support of friends and Continue reading
Remembering Loved Ones During the Holidays It is difficult to lose a loved one, and the holidays can be a painful reminder of those who have passed away. However, remembering your loved one in small ways through the holidays can help to ease the pain and allow you to recover. Below are a few suggestions Continue reading
Hurting Over the Holidays; Ways to Cope with Loss Losing a loved one over the holiday season is heartbreaking. While everyone else is fussing over getting the perfect gift or ensuring they have all the best decorations up, the holiday season can leave the bereaved lonelier and sadder during what most consider the most wonderful Continue reading
National Cremation Society 2015 Winter Holiday Events The holidays are almost here! While some look forward to shopping and participating in winter activities, others are finding simple ways to help the less fortunate among us. For many, ’tis the season to spend time with family and remember loved ones who have passed. Toys for Tots Continue reading
National Cremation Society Celebrates Veterans Day The National Cremation Society is grateful for the services our brave veterans have provided for the United States of America over the years. To celebrate their achievements and their courage, the National Cremation Society is giving back to veterans through events and giveaways at some National Cremation Society storefront Continue reading
Celebrities Choosing Cremation Cremation is a final needs option that’s becoming more popular today. It’s so appealing that even famous celebrities and their families choose it over traditional burial. The benefits of cremation simply cannot be ignored. With National Cremation, this service is affordable, simple, professional, flexible and environmentally-friendly. Here are five celebrities who have Continue reading
Many people don’t anticipate the financial and legal aspects of getting older. There are specific arrangements that many avoid even acknowledging until they are senior citizens. But, life is unpredictable, and it’s advisable to prepare for the future.
Burial is a ritual act where we lay our deceased loved ones into the ground, often with fond belongings and prayers or speeches. However, the picture of a traditional burial like this has evolved through the centuries. Now there is much more to burial and many alternatives to this centuries-old human tradition.
To a person undergoing a painful experience such as the loss of a loved one, grief, mourning, and recovery takes time. If your loss is sudden you may feel that you never had the time to plan your loved one’s last wishes. National Cremation understands and guides you through this difficult time. That’s why we offer these grief support resources to help you through your emotional transition.
If a pet-owning friend or loved one recently passed away, you may be faced with the question of what to do with the pets they left behind. Unfortunately, every year between 5 and 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters due to the death of their owners. Of these, approximately 3 to 4 million are euthanized (60 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats) when adequate homes cannot be found for them.
There is a certain finality to burial that cremation sometimes lacks. As you watch the coffin descend, you’re able to come to terms with the fact that life is over and you must say goodbye. But when you receive your loved one’s remains, there’s still one large unanswered question – what do you do with them?
While being asked to deliver a eulogy is an honor, the fear of speaking in public can be overwhelming. Talking about a difficult, stressful, confusing and painful subject like death can often make this fear worse. But take heart in the fact that you were asked to do this because of the close bond you shared with this person. You wouldn’t have been asked if the family didn’t trust you. Their goal is not to make you uncomfortable or make a display of your grief. They’ve asked you because they feel you are best suited to help everyone else say goodbye and remember the good times.
With death comes grief – and a host of other difficult decisions, mundane details and crucial choices. Among the many things you’ll have to deal with are how to access and/or cancel your loved one’s various online accounts and subscriptions. If your loved one has not left a list of usernames and passwords or clear instructions for what they want done with their accounts and who should be in charge of carrying out these final wishes, it can be difficult to know what to do or how to get control.
Eligible military veterans are entitled to certain benefits when it comes to cremation and burial. If your loved one has been an honorably discharged veteran, National Cremation helps you obtain benefits in accordance with the US Department of Veterans Affairs service arrangements.
The Cremation Association of North America estimates that in 2020, over 56.1% of Americans chose cremation for their final arrangement. Cremation is an excellent affordable alternative to burial, but sometimes consumers have concerns about the process.