Celebrating a Life: Blog

    Thursday, 27 June, 2019

    If you’re providing comfort and care for an aging or ailing loved one, it’s likely you stepped into a caregiver without any formal training. Yet, you saw the need and willingly came forward to fulfill it.

    While you may not have envisioned yourself...

    January 14, 2021

    In Lieu of Flowers: 3 Alternative Funeral Gift Ideas

    When a loved one passes, it’s customary in many cultures to purchase a flower arrangement to commemorate the deceased and share condolences.

    In most cases, the arrangements are sent to the funeral home to display during a wake, funeral or memorial...

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    January 7, 2021

    7 Ways to Stay Positive in the New Year While Grieving

    Welcoming the new year is a time to gather with family and friends; a time to celebrate new beginnings. But it can also be an overwhelming experience for those who have recently lost a loved one and are dealing with grief.

    As others push start on ...

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    December 31, 2020

    A Special Thank You to Our Northeast Ohio Heroes: Busch’s 2020 Caregiver Award Winners

    “We rise by lifting others.” - Robert Ingersoll

    Every month, we recognize the service and sacrifice of professional caregivers in our Northeast Ohio community, as part of our Busch Caregiver Award program. Since the program’s founding in 2016, we’ve...

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    December 17, 2020

    Personal Stories from Our Community: Holiday Grief Advice

    It’s never easy to lose a loved one. But it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Sometimes, all you need is to hear from someone who knows personally how you’re feeling.

    With the holiday season in full swing, some of us are feeling less...

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    December 10, 2020

    35+ Ways to Keep a Loved One’s Memory Alive This Holiday Season

    For many, the holidays bring about joy, as close family members and friends gather to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. But for some, the holidays can be a painful reminder of the people we’ve lost.If you’re dealing with grief this...

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    December 3, 2020

    How Do You Want to Be Remembered?

    What do you want to be remembered by? It’s a heavy question to consider, but important to your personal legacy—both now and after you pass. After all, we all want to leave something behind for those we love.

    Your legacy is defined by the small...

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    November 19, 2020

    5 Ways to Live Graciously This Thanksgiving

    "Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."—William Arthur Ward

    This year has certainly been challenging for families throughout our community. As the holidays ramp up, you may notice your plans look a...

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    November 12, 2020

    20+ Unique Funeral Personalization Ideas

    Funerals are a valuable part of the grieving process. They give surviving family members and friends a chance to celebrate the life lived rather than the life lost.

    As families find themselves in a position to plan services, many seek ways to make...

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    November 5, 2020

    7 Ways to Show Your Appreciation on Veterans Day

    Considering the number of men and women who have served in our country’s armed forces, it’s very likely that you know a veteran.

    Whether it’s a family member or friend, we encourage you to go the extra mile in thanking him or her for their service...

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    October 29, 2020

    Brothers in Business: Celebrating the Next Chapter of Busch Funeral and Crematory Services

    After nearly 40 years of serving Busch Funeral and Crematory Services, and the families and communities of Northeast Ohio, I’m honored to share that Mark—my brother and co-owner of our family business—is ready to celebrate a happy and healthy...

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    October 22, 2020

    6 Certified Green Burial Cemeteries in Ohio

    Green cemeteries are popping up across the country, as more people express interest in passing with as little environmental impact as possible.

    In Ohio alone, there are six cemeteries dedicated to green burials, which aid in the conservation of...

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    October 15, 2020

    How Grief Impacts Your Sleeping Habits

    The following is the second post in our series about how grief affects various aspects of our lives. Read our first post on how grief affects your nutritional health.

    The loss of a loved one is very traumatic. Apart from the severe emotional...

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    October 8, 2020

    4 Types of Burial Options: Which Is Right For You and Your Family?

    The type of burial you choose for a loved one is a deeply personal decision for your family, as there are many factors to take into consideration, including cost, location and more. 

    Like all decisions, you should weigh your loved one’s burial...

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    October 1, 2020

    What Factors Determine the Cost of a Funeral?

    You may be shocked to learn the median cost of a funeral with burial has increased 6.5%, and the median cost of a funeral with cremation has increased 7.3% over the past five years.

    However, when you consider the common services that go into...

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    September 24, 2020

    How to Deal With Grief After a Terminal Illness Diagnosis

    It’s hard to think about death, let alone talk about it. And when someone you love is diagnosed with a terminal illness, it isn’t always easy to know how to react. All of a sudden, time seems to stop right in its tracks.

    Just as with grief after the...

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    September 17, 2020

    What to Do With a Twitter Account After Someone Passes [Series]

    The following is the second post in our series about what to do with a social media account after a death. Read our first post on how to handle a Facebook profile.

    With upwards of 125 decisions to make following a death, handling your loved one’s...

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    September 10, 2020

    6 Connections Family Caregivers Can Add to Their Network of Support

    It’s no secret family caregiving is a demanding job. Often times, family caregivers carry the weight of the world on their shoulders, attempting to balance all tasks and needs by themselves. But establishing a support system can set you up for...

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    September 3, 2020

    Why Your Cremation Provider Matters

    There are many factors to consider when arranging a cremation for a loved one. With simple, partial and full cremation packages, it may be difficult to understand all the options available to you and your family.

    One of the most important decisions...

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    August 27, 2020

    How to Help Kids Manage Grief Caused by Cancer in a Virtual World

    As our world continues to cope with the current pandemic, families are looking for virtual grief support for kids and teens. A grandparent’s death is often their first encounter with loss. For this reason, the loss of a loved one, whether it be a...

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    August 20, 2020

    What to Do With a Facebook Account After Someone Passes [Series]

    The following is part of our series about what to do with a social media account after a death. Each post will comprehensively feature a different social media platform. This is the first post, and we invite you to check back for the next post in...

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    August 13, 2020

    Should You Preplan Your Funeral? 4 Reasons to Help You Decide

    There are clear advantages to preplanning your funeral ahead of time, but some people are reluctant to the idea. Death—especially your own— isn’t an easy subject to discuss.

    But imagine planning a wedding or any other large life celebration in just...

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    August 6, 2020

    5 Healthy Eating Tips for Seniors

    As we age, our metabolism tends to slow down, making it harder to maintain a healthy diet.

    While physical activity can curb some changes to our bodies, it’s also important to be mindful of what we consume, especially as we get older.

    For a list of...

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    July 30, 2020

    3 Legal Requirements for Cremation in Ohio

    Each state has its own rules and regulations governing cremation. For example, embalming is not required in the state of Ohio for direct cremation, but a body must be embalmed, refrigerated or placed in an odor-proof container within 48 hours after...

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    July 23, 2020

    Why Is Taking About Death So Taboo?

    Death is uncomfortable. Most of us don’t want to talk about it, or plan for it. By facing it, we’re forced to accept the reality of the situation—that death is inevitable—so we choose to tiptoe around the topic until it’s too late.

    But what if we...

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    July 16, 2020

    What’s a Certified Funeral Celebrant?

    Are you in charge of planning services for a loved one who has passed, but don’t know where to begin? This is normal.

    When it comes to modern-day services, you have many options. The trouble is, the process of planning such an important service can...

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    July 9, 2020

    How Grief Affects Your Nutritional Health

    In almost every culture, a community of people bring meals to surviving family members and friends in the days, weeks and months following a loss. But, for a family member accustomed to sharing every meal with their lost loved one, the grieving...

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    July 2, 2020

    6 Makings of a Military Funeral Service

    Every year on the Fourth of July, we celebrate the birth of America’s independence. With that comes a host of activities, including community parades followed by cookouts with family members and friends.

    While we look forward to these fun events,...

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    June 25, 2020

    5 End-Of-Life Traditions From Around the World

    While death is one of the most common denominators of the human race, every culture deals with it differently.

    For instance, some cultures believe that death is more of a gradual journey than a sudden process. Surviving family members and friends...

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    June 18, 2020

    How to Celebrate Dates of Significance Following a Death

    There are a handful of dates on the calendar we celebrate every year, including anniversaries, birthdays, holidays and more. But following the loss of a loved one, what should be momentous occasions can often serve as painful reminders.


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    June 11, 2020

    Are Funerals for the Living or the Deceased?

    Funerals have been around for thousands of years, with societal norms and religious customs influencing such rituals.

    While funerals are designed to honor the life and legacy of a person who has passed, they’re also an essential piece to the...

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    June 4, 2020

    What’s the Difference Between a Trust and a Will?

    When you pass away, you want to be confident that your property and belongings will go to the right people.

    While you’ve likely heard the term “trust” and “will,” you may not know what they are or the difference between the two. Both are essential...

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    May 28, 2020

    5 Ways to Embrace Aging

    Though aging is inevitable, some people find it difficult to deal with the changes that come with getting older.

    However, focusing on the good versus the bad can help us shift our mindset. Instead of feeling like the best years are behind us, we can...

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    May 21, 2020

    Do We Move On or Move Forward From Grief?

    “Grief is so uncomfortable.” That’s one of the opening lines writer Nora McInerny shares in her candid TED Talk about life and death.

    TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful snippets.

    In this particular...

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    May 14, 2020

    5 Steps to Prevent Caregiver Burnout From the Start of Your Care Journey

    As a family caregiver, your top priority is the health and happiness of your loved one.

    While you should feel proud of the comfort and care you provide, it’s possible you’re too overwhelmed with responsibilities to recognize the signs and symptoms...

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    May 7, 2020

    5 Simple Exercises for Seniors to Remain Active

    While staying active helps seniors look and feel their best, regular exercise can also prevent health complications later in life.

    By improving balance, endurance, flexibility and strength, seniors can stay healthier longer. However, factors like...

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    April 30, 2020

    Is Grief Only Associated With Death? 4 Types of Grief You May Experience in Life

    For many, the word grief is often associated with death. While it’s normal and natural to grieve the passing of a loved one, grief is not always exclusive to death.

    Grief is also about loss, and loss comes in many different forms. Some losses are...

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    April 23, 2020

    5 Ways Family Caregivers Can Combat Senior Loneliness During Social Isolation

    As the coronavirus continues, many seniors are forced to distance themselves from close family members and friends, as they’re at higher risk for developing serious health complications.

    With this comes a series of challenges for seniors who may...

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    April 16, 2020

    The Purpose of Funerals: Should You Plan Services for a Loved One During the Coronavirus Crisis?

    Funerals are a valuable part of the grieving process, where close family members and friends can gather to celebrate the life lived, rather than the life lost. Beyond that, it’s a time for mourners to truly and fully acknowledge the reality of the...

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    April 9, 2020

    7 Activities for Seniors During Social Isolation

    Over that past few weeks, we’ve been completely overwhelmed with news about the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us feel like there’s no escape from the new reports, constantly updated numbers and recommended precautions.

    One of the toughest pills to...

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    April 2, 2020

    5 Self-Care Tips for Caregivers

    While caring for an aging or ailing loved one is often rewarding, it can also be overwhelming, especially if you feel that you have little control.

    Given your current situation, you may struggle to find balance when it comes to caring, working and...

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    March 26, 2020

    5 Ways to Stay Connected to a Senior Loved One During Trying Times

    As we face the uncertainty of the days, weeks and months ahead, keeping distance from others during times of stress can feel isolating.

    For seniors, this news can be especially unsettling if living alone or in a nursing home away from close family...

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    March 19, 2020

    Caring for the Elderly: What Family Caregivers Need to Know About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    As a family caregiver, your top priority is the health and happiness of your loved one. With this, comes a myriad of responsibilities—some of which you can and can’t control.

    When dealing with an uncontrollable situation, like the current,...

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    March 12, 2020

    Understanding the Challenges, Responsibilities and Opportunities That Come With Family Caregiving [Free Resource]

    Family caregiving takes on many faces. Some people are preparing to care for a loved one for the first time, with others care for extended periods of time. Some split responsibilities among family members, while others take on the majority of the...

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    March 5, 2020

    6 Reasons It May Be Time to Transition Out of Family Caregiving

    There are many situational reasons why family caregivers opt out of caring for a loved one.

    There are those who can no longer provide round-the-clock care given a progressive condition or disease, while others who are burnt out and need a break from...

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    February 27, 2020

    3 Reasons Why More People are Choosing Cremation Over Burial

    Demand for cremation has outpaced burial for the fourth consecutive year, according to National Funeral Directors Association’s (NFDA) 2019 report on cremation and burial.

    By 2040, the U.S. cremation rate is projected to be at 78%. The burial rate,...

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    February 20, 2020

    Internet Safety for Seniors: How to Spot a Cyber Scam

    Financial fraud is one of the fastest growing forms of senior abuse in America.

    According to a 2019 report by the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, seniors suffered an average loss of $34,200 between 2013 and 2017. Of those affected,...

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    February 13, 2020

    The Importance of Talking About Death While You’re Still Healthy

    How do you want your closest family members and friends to remember you following your passing? If you’re unsure, you’re not alone.

    Most people struggle to discuss death, as it forces us to confront our own mortality and consider the future of those...

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    February 6, 2020

    What You Need to Know About Green Burial in Ohio

    Within the last few years, more than 50% of Americans have expressed interest in green burial. In response to these changing trends, funeral homes have begun exploring eco-friendly ways to meet the service needs of these families.

    While burial...

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    January 30, 2020

    What Is Complicated Grief?

    The loss of a loved one is likely the single hardest experience we face in our lives. The grieving process can take days, weeks or even months to unfold, but gradually with time, acceptance is expected to occur.

    When it stalls or persists, ...

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    January 23, 2020

    How to Fill Out a Death Certificate in Ohio

    Following the loss of a loved one, you may experience periods of intense emotions. While it’s normal to grieve, there are several time-sensitive tasks you must complete during this time—one of which includes filing the appropriate paperwork like a...

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    January 16, 2020

    When Is the Appropriate Age to Preplan Final Arrangements?

    We spend so much time, money and effort planning ahead for big life events, like getting married, having children or retiring. So why is your own funeral any different? Your final arrangements are just as important than other life events, yet...

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    January 9, 2020

    How Family Caregivers Can Manage Work-Life Balance

    Did you know the majority of family caregivers actually have two full-time jobs? At some point, most family caregivers work a professional job, while providing unpaid support to an aging or ailing loved one.

    If this sounds like your situation, it...

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    January 2, 2020

    5 New Year’s Resolutions for the Bereaved

    For many of us, the new year means a fresh start. It’s an opportunity to let go of the past and look forward to the future.

    But, welcoming the new year can be extremely difficult for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. While it may...

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    December 26, 2019

    A Thank You To Professional Caregivers: Busch’s 2019 Cleveland Caregiver Award Winners

    “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” –Margaret Mead

    We created the Busch Caregiver Award program three years ago to recognize the service and sacrifice of individuals in our...

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    December 12, 2019

    Are There Really 5 Stages of Grief?

    People often talk about the five “stages” of grief—denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance—as if they’re the only explanation for what people experience after a loss. There are hundreds of resources online and offline that back this...

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    December 5, 2019

    5 Ways to Create New Holiday Traditions After a Loss

    As we head into the holiday season, many people look forward to various beloved family traditions, like sharing meals, decorating cookies, hanging lights and singing carols. 

    But, what happens when you lose an integral part of that tradition?


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    November 21, 2019

    6 Tips for Traveling With a Senior Loved One

    Traveling with close family members and friends can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life.

    However, when we travel with a senior loved one, we may be faced with challenges we don’t normally anticipate.

    As with any travel—whether it’s for...

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    November 14, 2019

    Does Life Insurance Cover Funeral Costs?

    When a loved one passes away, there are many sudden financial responsibilities left to handle on their behalf, including paying for the funeral if no arrangements were made in advance. 

    While nearly 60% of Americans have life insurance, the...

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    November 7, 2019

    National Family Caregivers Month: 3 Ways to Celebrate a Family Caregiver

    Did you know November is National Family Caregivers Month? This month, we give thanks to our family members who lovingly provide comfort and care to those in need.

    It’s no surprise this year’s theme is “Caregiving Around the Clock,” considering...

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    October 31, 2019

    How to Stay Organized When Planning a Funeral

    Did you know only 21% of people have talked to a loved one about their final wishes? With such a low percentage, it’s no surprise that planning a funeral is one of life’s most stressful events—especially since there are upwards of 125 decisions to...

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    October 17, 2019

    Everything You Need to Know About Packaging, Labeling and Shipping Cremated Remains

    By 2025, it’s estimated that nearly 65% of all families will choose cremation over burial. As cremation rates increase, there’s a growing demand for easier transportation of cremated remains from point a to point b.

    In some cases, families wish to...

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    October 10, 2019

    4 Tips for Caring for a Loved One With Dementia

    Caring for a loved one with dementia poses many challenges for family caregivers who may not understand the progression of the disease.

    According to the Mayo Clinic, dementia is an umbrella term for a wide range of symptoms that interfere with daily...

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    October 3, 2019

    4 Non-Traditional Final Resting Places You May Not Have Heard Of

    Many Americans are taking control of the way end of life is recognized. This is evident in the recent HBO documentary, Alternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America, which explores how surviving family members are choosing to commemorate the...

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    September 26, 2019

    5 Factors to Consider Before Becoming a Family Caregiver

    Statistics show one in four people will serve as a family caregiver at some point in their life. Some assume this role after a sudden illness or injury, while others step up when an aging loved one simply cannot care for his or her self anymore.


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    September 19, 2019

    Digital Asset Organization: The Importance of Protecting Your Online Accounts and Profiles Before You Pass

    Digital assets are everywhere—from the photos stored on your phone to the movies streamed on your television. But, what is a digital asset, and why is it a crucial step in the preplanning process?

    To put it simply, a digital asset is content that’s...

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    September 12, 2019

    4 Steps to Alleviate the Stress of Moving an Elderly Parent Out of Their Home

    There comes a time when an aging loved one is no longer able to care for themselves. In this case, it’s common for family members to move their loved one out of their own home and into an alternate living situation, like a senior care facility.


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    September 5, 2019

    5 Meaningful Conversation Starters to Ask This Grandparents Day

    Did you know this weekend is Grandparents Day? Launched in 2012, Grandparents Day’s goal is to encourage multigenerational bonding and engagement.

    For many of us, our grandparents played an integral role in our upbringing. But, when was the last...

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    August 29, 2019

    7 Entertainment Spots for Cleveland Seniors and Their Families to Enjoy Year-Round

    Studies show a positive correlation between social interaction and overall positive health among older adults.

    If you live in or around the Cleveland area, you know how much the city has to offer in terms of social events. From theaters to gardens...

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    August 22, 2019

    4 Tips to Help Family Caregivers Move a Loved One into Their Home

    Many of us are familiar with the scenario when young adults move back in with their parents. But, have you considered that many years later, you may have your parents move in with you? Following a sudden injury or illness, family caregivers often...

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    August 15, 2019

    Understanding Hospice: Top Questions, Answered by Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care

    When a loved one is diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, many of us want to provide them with the highest quality of comfort in the final days, weeks and months. That’s where hospice care comes in.

    Hospice care is designed to focus on the quality...

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    August 8, 2019

    3 Reasons to Involve Children in Final Arrangements

    Following the loss of a close family member or friend, there’s a common misconception that children are too young to attend funeral or memorial services.

    Parents or grandparents may feel that funerals are only designed for adults because they may be...

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    August 1, 2019

    5 Ways to Comfort the Bereaved

    When a friend or family member is grieving the loss of a loved one, it’s normal to feel helpless. We all want to say and do the right thing, but not everyone knows how.

    Keep in mind each person experiences grief differently. What comforts you may...

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    July 25, 2019

    5 Phrases to Say to a Family Caregiver to Show Your Support

    When a family member takes on the responsibility of providing comfort and care for an aging loved one, it alters many aspects of their own life. Caregiving requires the individual to reassess their personal and professional priorities to tend to the...

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    July 18, 2019

    3 Cremation Options for Families With Varying Budgets

    Losing a loved one is one of life’s most difficult challenges. In the midst of intense grief, family members are expected to make final arrangements, which generally includes deciding between burial and cremation.

    The National Funeral Directors...

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    July 11, 2019

    4 Signs It’s Time to Designate a Family Caregiver

    Today, nearly 40 million Americans serve as family caregivers for an aging or ailing parent.

    It’s not uncommon for an aging loved one to be in denial over their need for assistance because they don’t want to lose their independence. But, asking for...

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    June 27, 2019

    How Family Caregivers Can Provide the Highest Quality of Care [Free Resource]

    If you’re providing comfort and care for an aging or ailing loved one, it’s likely you stepped into a caregiver without any formal training. Yet, you saw the need and willingly came forward to fulfill it.

    While you may not have envisioned yourself...

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    June 20, 2019

    What to Expect Before, During and After a Funeral

    Whether it’s your first time making arrangements for a loved one who has passed or your first time attending services for a family member or friend, it’s helpful to have an understanding of what takes place before, during and after a funeral or...

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    June 13, 2019

    7 Summer Attractions and Experiences for Cleveland Seniors and Their Families to Enjoy

    As the weather gets warmer, there’s plenty to do and see in Cleveland. From art festivals to sporting events, it’s the perfect time of year to spend outdoors with family and friends.

    If you’ve reached retirement, the old summer tradition of visiting...

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    June 6, 2019

    4 Senior Safety Tips for the Hot Summer Months

    The summer months in Cleveland are an exciting time to get outside and enjoy the weather.

    While this may be enjoyable for most people, seniors need to take a few extra precautions during the warmer months to stay safe.

    Last year, MetroHealth reported

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    May 30, 2019

    5 Conversation-Starting Questions for Family Road Trips

    Are you going on a family road trip this summer? 

    Whether you’re traveling a long distance or taking a short weekend getaway, road trips are a great opportunity to turn off your mobile devices and have meaningful conversations with your family. 


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    May 23, 2019

    6 Ways to Honor a Fallen Hero on Memorial Day in Cleveland

    Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who passed away while serving in the U.S. military.

    Its roots go back to May 5, 1868. On this day, locals gathered to pay tribute to those who died while serving in...

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    May 16, 2019

    5 Summer Programs for Grieving Children and Teens In and Around Cleveland

    According to Crossroads Hospice, nearly 5 million children in the U.S. experience the death of one or both parents. Sadly, this number does not include the loss of other significant people in their lives.

    To aid those grieving, the Cleveland area...

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    May 9, 2019

    How Long Do I Have to Make Funeral Arrangements?

    Following the loss of a loved one, there are upwards of 125 decisions to be made. One of those decisions involves arranging services. 

    It’s common for families to question how long they have before services need to be held. The answer to this is...

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    May 2, 2019

    6 Compassionate Conversation Topics for a Funeral or Memorial Service

    If someone you know recently lost a loved one, it may be difficult to find the right words to say.

    The intense pain that accompanies grief often makes others feel uncomfortable about offering support to those grieving. But, don’t let discomfort...

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    April 25, 2019

    How Funeral Preplanning Can Provide Comfort When a Death is Near

    Whether your loved one was just placed into hospice care or is suffering from a terminal illness, nothing is more heart-wrenching than learning a death is near. In those final days, it’s important to enjoy your last few moments with your loved one...

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    April 18, 2019

    Facing Addiction in Northeast Ohio: How to Cope With Losing a Loved One to Opioids

    Losing a loved one is never easy, but it’s often more complex when the person who passed away had a history with addiction. Along with the trauma of the death itself, the stigma surrounding addiction adds layers of complication for surviving family...

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    April 11, 2019

    How to Show Appreciation to a Professional Caregiver in Northeast Ohio

    Did you know nursing care facilities have a median turnover rate of 43%?

    For someone who hasn’t served as a professional caregiver, it may be difficult to understand the responsibilities that come with this role.

    Caregiving is a mixed bag of trials...

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    April 4, 2019

    6 Activities In Cleveland this Spring for Seniors and their Families

    Spring is in the air! The cold, snow and ice are finally starting to break, and with warmer weather on its way, there’s plenty to do and see in Northeast Ohio.

    From touring gardens to visiting museums, Northeast Ohio offers both indoor and outdoor...

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    March 28, 2019

    7 Ways to Memorialize a Loved One Following Cremation

    Memorialization is an integral part of every culture. In fact, the very practice of memorialization dates back to 35,000 B.C. 

    While customs have changed over time, so too have family preferences. With more and more individuals choosing cremation,...

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    March 21, 2019

    How to Avoid Family Conflict When Arranging Funeral Services

    Following the loss of a loved one, families experience a wide range of emotions.

    In the midst of grieving, surviving family members are often left in charge of planning final arrangements if the deceased didn’t preplan beforehand. This can make an...

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    March 14, 2019

    4 Thoughtful Conversations to Have With a Family Caregiver

    Caring for an aging family member is a true act of love, but with it, comes a myriad of responsibilities.

    For someone who hasn’t served as a family caregiver, it may be difficult to understand the physical, mental and emotional aspects of this...

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    March 7, 2019

    5 Signs It’s Time to Transition an Aging Loved One to a Senior Care Facility

    Caring for an aging loved one can be one of the most rewarding, but also hardest jobs, both mentally and physically, you ever encounter in your lifetime. Family caregivers, whether it be a spouse, partner, child, sibling or grandchild, generally ...

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    February 28, 2019

    How to Create a Personalized Tribute for a Loved One: Q&A With a Certified Celebrant

    When someone we love passes away, we want a chance to say goodbye in a meaningful and memorable way. For some families, that means arranging services with a funeral home to serve those purposes.

    The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)...

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    February 21, 2019

    6 Sympathy Quotes to Comfort the Bereaved

    When someone you know is grieving the loss of a loved one, it can be difficult to find the right words to say.

    When offering support, it’s common to use phrases like, “I’m sorry for your loss.” But, the message can lack meaning after it’s said so...

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    February 14, 2019

    Answers to 5 Common Questions About Funeral Preplanning

    Preplanning your own funeral can provide peace of mind to you and your family. It lessens the burden on loved one’s by having a plan in place, while allowing you to put your preferences in writing. It also gives you time to think about how you want...

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    February 7, 2019

    How to Organize a Deceased Loved One’s Belongings After a Funeral

    Following a death, many have trouble sorting through loved one’s personal possessions.

    This is to be expected. Each item, no matter how big or small, is a physical reminder of your loved one’s absence. It’s a connection to the past, a distant...

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    January 31, 2019

    6 Common Family Caregiver Responsibilities

    Statistics show one in four people will serve as a family caregiver at some point in their life. A family caregiver is generally defined as someone, typically a relative, who is responsible for attending to the emotional and physical needs of an...

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    January 24, 2019

    How to Get the Grief Help You Need On Your Journey Towards Healing

    In the days, weeks and months following a loss, it’s important to remember the grieving process has no set timeline. Grieving is not a linear experience or the same from person to person— some days you may feel positive, while others may feel...

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    January 17, 2019

    3 Factors to Consider When Selecting a Cleveland Cremation Provider

    Following the loss of a loved one, there are upwards of 125 decisions to make in a short timeframe. 

    Families who choose cremation must select a cremation provider or funeral home to carry out the services. Choosing the right provider for you and...

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    January 10, 2019

    8 Senior Safety and Health Concerns This Winter

    An increasing number of aging seniors prefer to remain in their own home later in life. To accommodate, we’ve discussed general home safety tips that give caregivers peace of mind. Now that the cold winter months are here, potential health and...

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    December 27, 2018

    A Tribute to Northeast Ohio Caregivers for Their Dedication to Compassion and Care

    “From caring comes courage.” –Lao Tzu

    In 2016, we created the Busch Caregiver Award program to recognize the hard work of individuals in our community that have taken on the responsibility of caregiving.

    The monthly program accepts nominations from...

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    December 20, 2018

    3 Ways to Create More Meaning With Loved Ones this Holiday Season

    “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go.”

    Do you hear Bing Crosby and Michael Bublé renditions of “White Christmas” and “Jingle Bells” echoing through the mall as you prepare for friends and family to gather together? The...

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    December 13, 2018

    10 Cleveland Events for the Whole Family to Enjoy this Holiday Season

    Lining up plans for the holidays? Cleveland and the surrounding areas offer family friendly activities all season long during this special time of year.

    Whether you’re a local, new in town or visiting family for the holidays, you’ll be sure to find...

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    December 6, 2018

    What You Need to Know When Scattering Cremated Remains in Ohio

    While many families that select burial typically choose to lay a loved one to rest in a cemetery, cremation opens up the door to many possibilities.

    Think scattering, for example. While there are rules and regulations related to this disposition...

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    November 29, 2018

    How To Write and Deliver a Meaningful Eulogy

    Being chosen to write a eulogy for a loved one is a great honor. It’s your final gift that you can give to the deceased. But in the midst of grieving, it can be difficult to put your thoughts into words. 

    A eulogy is part of a funeral or memorial...

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    November 8, 2018

    The Importance of Grief Support Groups: Q&A With Cornerstone of Hope

    If you’re experiencing grief following the loss of a loved one, you don’t have to go at it alone. A support group can help.

    In Northeast Ohio, there are many grief support groups offering bereavement care and comfort. Some even offer individual...

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    November 1, 2018

    Is Simple Cremation Right for My Loved One? 3 Factors to Keep in Mind

    Are you looking for ways to reduce the number of steps and stick to a budget in planning final arrangements for a loved one? If so, simple cremation may be right for you and your family.

    Simple cremation is a disposition method in which a body is...

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    October 25, 2018

    3 Tips for Talking to Aging Parents About Preplanning Final Arrangements

    If you’ve ever experienced firsthand planning final arrangements, you know the stress it can cause. Between planning and paying for services, there are upwards of 125 decisions to be made following a death. This leaves little to no time for the...

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    October 11, 2018

    Should Our Loved One’s End-of-Life Service Be Public or Private?

    When it comes to planning final arrangements, many families opt to have a service to honor the life and legacy of the deceased.

    If you’ve already decided that you would like to have a funeral, wake and/or memorial, the next step is to determine...

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    October 4, 2018

    How to Help a Grieving Child Express Their Feelings

    It’s hard to predict how a child will react to death, especially if it’s his or her first time experiencing loss.

    According to Care Dimensions, suppressed feelings can often resurface in unhealthy ways throughout the various stages of grieving....

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    September 20, 2018

    How to Empower Seniors with Digital Literacy: Q&A with Hospice of the Western Reserve

    According to Pew Research Center, seniors generally have lower rates of technology adoption than younger generations. Yet recently, folks 65+ have shown to be more connected than ever before. But despite an uptick in technology adoption, there still...

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    September 13, 2018

    3 Home Safety Tips for Seniors Who Live Alone

    According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), nearly 90% of aging seniors prefer to stay in their own home, which is commonly referred to as “aging in place.” With a growing number of seniors aging in place, general home...

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    September 6, 2018

    How to Carry Out Prearranged Funeral Plans for the Deceased

    When a loved one passes, there are upwards of 125 decisions to make in a small timeframe.

    Fortunately, some individuals choose to preplan and/or prepay funeral plans in advance to save their family from sudden financial burdens and stressful...

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    August 30, 2018

    6 Volunteer Opportunities for Seniors in Cleveland and Surrounding Areas

    Cleveland is home to many nonprofit organizations looking for dedicated volunteers willing to serve. Fortunately, many offer unique opportunities for people of all ages, including seniors. 

    While volunteering is important at any age, studies show...

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    August 23, 2018

    How to Fill Out Advance Directives for an Aging Loved One

    Did you know close to 40 million Americans serve as family caregivers today? Oftentimes, these individuals assume informal roles, assisting with daily activities on top of personal responsibilities.

    If you’re one of the many Americans providing...

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    August 16, 2018

    How to Develop a Senior Care Plan for an Aging Loved One

    Caring for an elderly or ill loved one can be one of the most rewarding experiences of one’s life. While challenging at times, caregiving is full of unexpected joys. 

    If you’re providing comfort and care for a loved one, developing a senior care...

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    August 9, 2018

    Should You Always Arrange Services with the Same Funeral Home or Crematory?

    Has there been a death in your family recently? If so, where did you arrange services, and with whom? How was your experience?

    All too often, families select a provider because grandma and grandpa or mom and dad have in the past—regardless if needs...

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    August 2, 2018

    How to Deal with Grief After a Loss: 3 Steps to Help You Return to Everyday Activities

    Grief can impact all spheres of a person’s life, making it difficult for the bereaved to return to everyday activities.

    Once a social butterfly, you may find yourself cancelling or rescheduling time with loved ones as you work through the stages of...

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    July 19, 2018

    Busch’s Guide for First-Time Family Caregivers: How to Have Conversations About End-Of-Life Planning

    Busch’s Guide for First-Time Family Caregivers is a three-part series. This is the third post of the series. Read the second post here.

    “More than 90 percent of people think that it’s important to have conversations about end-of-life care with...

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    July 12, 2018

    Busch’s Guide for First-Time Family Caregivers: How to Ask for Caregiver Support

    Busch’s Guide for First-Time Family Caregivers is a three-part series. This is the second post of the series. Read the first post here.

    Are you a first-time family caregiver? If so, you’re not alone (nearly 40 million Americans are), and you’re...

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    July 5, 2018

    Busch’s Guide for First-Time Family Caregivers: How to Prepare to Care for a Loved One

    Busch’s Guide for First-Time Family Caregivers is a three-part series. Check back for the next post in the series.

    Today, nearly 40 million Americans serve as family caregivers, providing assistance to an ill or aging loved one who may not be able...

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    June 28, 2018

    Enrich Your Loved One’s Life Celebration with These 4 Technologies

    The thought of planning a funeral can be overwhelming. From sharing service information with family and friends, to paying tribute to your loved one, there’s a lot to pull together in a short time.

    Technology can help bring all of the elements of...

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    June 21, 2018

    The Top 5 Questions About Embalming, Answered

    There are common questions surrounding the embalming process. Some of these include:

    • What is the purpose of embalming?
    • When is embalming required?
    • Why is embalming necessary? 

    To help you and your family understand what embalming is, and the...

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    June 14, 2018

    3 Steps to Help You Choose a Funeral Home for Your Loved One

    Following the loss of a loved one, family members are struck with the sudden and difficult decision of finding a funeral home.

    To ensure a smooth and seamless process during an already emotional time, you’ll want to choose a funeral that will help...

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    June 7, 2018

    Senior Living in Cleveland: 9 Facilities Offering Various Levels of Independence and Care

    Having a conversation with an aging loved one about senior living can be a tricky task, especially if he or she isn’t open to the idea of moving.

    Before initiating such conversations, get a sense of your loved one’s needs. Consider these questions:

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    May 31, 2018

    What to Do After a Death: 3 Steps to Take

    The thought of death is overwhelming. Perhaps that’s why we rarely ever talk about what happens when a loved one passes.

    Death may be a hard subject to talk about, but when it hits, you may not know what to do if it’s your first time planning...

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    May 24, 2018

    Death in the Digital Age: Why You Need to Think Before You Post on Social Media

    The death of a loved one is one of the hardest events we face in life. Now, imagine coupling that pain with the heartache you’d feel after finding out about a loss on social media instead of from a trusted family member. 

    As new platforms rise in...

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    May 17, 2018

    3 Things to Keep in Mind When Planning a Green Burial for a Loved One

    Green burial is growing in popularity, as more people understand the environmental and societal benefits of natural decomposition.

    This non-evasive, eco-friendly practice is free of toxic chemicals and fluids that are commonly used with earth...

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    May 10, 2018

    5 Questions to Ask Your Mom this Mother’s Day to Strengthen Your Relationship

    “When you look at your mother, you’re looking at the purest love you will ever know.”—Charley Benetto

    With Mother’s Day around the corner, you may be wondering how to express love to the motherly figure(s) in your life. Whatever your plans, make...

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    May 3, 2018

    Why Should I Plan My Funeral in Advance? Q&A With a Preplanning Funeral Director

    Just as we sit down to plan our finances, retirement or a vacation, preplanning your own funeral helps eliminate both financial and emotional burden put upon your surviving loved ones.

    A survey by the National Funeral Director’s Association (NFDA)...

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    April 26, 2018

    4 Questions to Consider When Selecting a Final Resting Place for Cremated Remains

    Selecting a final resting place for a loved one is a tough choice. You want them to be in a comforting location with potential significance to their life.

    While families that select burial typically choose to lay a loved one to rest in a cemetery,...

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    April 19, 2018

    5 Books to Gift Grieving Children

    Loss is never easy, especially for children. Their comprehension of death is limited, and children are only capable of understanding and coping with death to a certain extent. It’s likely the first time they’re confronting death in their own life,...

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    April 12, 2018

    How to Select Funeral Flowers for a Loved One’s End-Of-Life Celebration

    “Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.” –Theodore Roethke

    As part of making final arrangements, family members often select flowers to enhance the funeral service for a deceased love one.

    With pops of color, flowers are a beautiful way...

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    April 5, 2018

    5 Ways to Help Support and Care for a Family Caregiver 

    Caring for an ill, elderly or aging loved one requires a family caregiver to wear many hats—often without any formal training or medical experience themselves.

    Today’s caregivers are often part of the “Sandwich Generation,” a term for baby boomers...

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    March 29, 2018

    6 Types of Senior Living Options: What’s Right for Your Family?

    Having a conversation with an aging loved one about a sensitive topic, such as senior housing and care, can be intimidating, but is often important to their health and well-being. 

    The thought of moving out of their own home and into a senior living...

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    March 1, 2018

    3 Steps to Help Families Choose a Casket for a Loved One’s Final Resting Place

    Choosing a casket is a difficult decision for any family. It’s an integral aspect of planning final arrangements, and oftentimes, one of the most expensive purchases related to a funeral or burial.

    Since the casket you choose serves as your loved...

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    February 22, 2018

    What Are Your Favorite Conversation Starters? 5 Topics to Add to Everyday Discussions

    Every day, we’re posed with questions like: How are you? What’s the weather like? Do you have dinner plans? The list could go on and on. However, when was the last time you engaged in truly deep, meaningful conversation with someone you talk to...

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    February 15, 2018

    Can Catholics Be Cremated? A Growing Acceptance in the Catholic Community

    The rate of cremation in the U.S. is on the rise. In fact, the National Funeral Directors Association’s (NFDA) 2017 Cremation and Burial Report found that more than half of all Americans opted for cremation in 2016.

    What’s more, the NFDA projects...

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    February 8, 2018

    7 Northeast Ohio Hospices That Offer End-of-Life Care and Comfort

    When preparing for the death of a loved one, you may need to make difficult decisions to ensure the best quality of life in their final days. However, with end-of-life decisions and care, it’s likely you feel overwhelmed and lost in the process....

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    February 1, 2018

    National Cancer Prevention Month: Resources for Families Impacted by Cancer

    According to the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Statistics Center, “there will be an estimated 1,735,350 new cancer cases and 609,640 cancer deaths,” in 2018 in the U.S.

    Whether you’re a survivor, a newly diagnosed patient, or a loved one to...

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    January 25, 2018

    How to Write An Obituary for a Loved One in Three Steps

    While the responsibility of writing an obituary for a loved one can be overwhelming, it can help you recall fond memories, celebrate their achievements and honor their legacy.

    What’s more, an obituary grants you the opportunity to tell a story and...

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    January 18, 2018

    5 Resources Caregivers Can Share with Families of Aging Seniors

    As a caregiver, it’s likely your work varies with different sets of duties.

    From assisting with personal care and supervision to serving as an advocate for patients and their families, your job is challenging and rewarding— all in one.

    So whether...

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    January 11, 2018

    8 Northeast Ohio Grief Support Groups That Provide Bereavement Care and Comfort

    There’s no linear path or timeline set for grief. While each of us grieves in our own unique way, we can all benefit from expressing our emotions in a safe and comfortable environment together.

    To help individuals and families get the bereavement...

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    December 21, 2017

    Northeast Ohio Caregivers Recognized for Compassion and Kindness

    “Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn’t know possible.” –Tia Walker

    Busch Funeral and Crematory Services is proud to recognize the compassionate work of individuals in the Northeast Ohio community that have taken on the responsibility...

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    December 14, 2017

    4 Meaningful Conversation Topics to Add to Your Holiday Traditions

    Bring out the hot cocoa and flannel pajamas! The holidays are right around the corner, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with family and friends. 

    Whether you have plans to travel or simply stay at home, take advantage of the...

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    December 7, 2017

    3 Unique End-of-Life Options to Celebrate Your Loved One

    There are many factors and choices to consider when arranging an end-of-life celebration for a loved one.

    As you go through the planning process, you may find that you have some unanswered questions. For instance, you may wonder what type of...

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    November 16, 2017

    4 Thanksgiving Conversation Starters for Around the Table

    Thanksgiving provides us the opportunity to engage in family traditions that have been passed down from generations. Whether it’s traveling to an out-of-town family member’s home, gathering for the annual family football game or sharing what you’re...

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    November 9, 2017

    How to Talk to Children About Death and Grief

    Talking to children about loss is never easy. Whether it’s a friend, family member, schoolmate or pet that passed, it’s likely your child will have some questions.

    If you’re feeling unsure about what to say or do—you’re not alone. Each person...

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    November 2, 2017

    Benefits of a Funeral Home with an On-Site Remembrance Center: Personalization and Memorial Options

    Losing a loved one is an emotional time for the entire family.

    Within the first 24 to 48 hours of your loss, there are as many as 125 decisions to make when planning funeral and burial arrangements.

    Some funeral homes offer the ability to purchase...

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    October 26, 2017

    3 Aspects of Planning a Funeral for a Veteran or Public Servant

    “Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay, but we can honor their sacrifice.”

    – Barack Obama

    The men and women who answered our nation’s call deserve the most prestigious honor and sendoff. And when a veteran or...

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    October 23, 2017

    How to Have Meaningful Conversation With Your Loved Ones [Free Guide]

    Who has made the greatest impact on your life? Was it your grandma? Maybe your father? Or a partner, a best friend?

    Whoever it may be, have you told them or expressed your gratitude in words? While it may seem tough to find the right words to tell...

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    October 12, 2017

    4 Activities to Plan this October for Family History Month

    October marks Family History Month, a time to celebrate those closest to us. 

    But how did Family History Month come to be? According to Family Tree Magazine, in 2001, Congress passed a resolution introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch, who wrote: 


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    September 28, 2017

    Funeral Homes: 5 Features to Look For in a Facility

    A funeral or memorial service should be as special as the life of your loved one. This rings true for the funeral home you select, as well.

    At Busch, we believe a top funeral home will offer you an updated, clean and comfortable facility with a...

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    August 31, 2017

    Live Life to the Fullest: How to Accomplish a Bucket List

    “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.” –Oscar Wilde

    Have you ever sat down to write a bucket list—a list of all the accomplishments and experiences you hope to achieve before you die? What did you write? Swim with...

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    August 17, 2017

    5 Must-Have Conversations When Caring for Aging Parents

    Having a conversation with an aging parent about a sensitive topic, such as health or future living situations, can be intimidating, but is often important. From preplanning to final wishes, knowing which words to use (and what to avoid) can ease...

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    August 3, 2017

    Funeral and Wake Etiquette: When to Attend the End-of-Life Celebration of an Acquaintance

    When someone you know experiences the loss of a loved one, your first reaction may be to help. But, you may not be sure what to say or do, especially if the deceased is only an acquaintance. This is a normal feeling, but there are several ways to...

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    July 20, 2017

    How to Choose an End of Life Celebration: Funeral vs. Wake

    Did you know that within the first 24 to 48 hours of someone passing, there are up to 125 decisions to make when planning a funeral? If a loved one has not already documented his or her wishes, a lot of quick decisions need to be made during an...

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    July 6, 2017

    When Should One Attend a Funeral or Wake? 5 Ways to Decide.

    If you’ve ever questioned whether or not you should attend a funeral or wake—you’re not alone. In fact, if you type that exact question into Google, 1,900,000 results will appear. But, before you can answer whether your attendance is necessary, it’s...

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    June 22, 2017

    Family Conversation Topics for Around the Table

    How well do you know the people who matter most to you? You probably know a lot about the people you love, but perhaps there are questions you’ve never thought to ask. Take a second and think about the last time you sat down and had a meaningful...

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    June 8, 2017

    6 Meaningful Questions to Ask Your Dad This Father’s Day

    My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” — Jim Valvano

    With Father’s Day approaching, it’s time to start thinking about the male figures in our lives. Whether it’s a trip to the driving range or a...

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    May 25, 2017

    4 Summer Activities for Cleveland Seniors and Their Families

    With summer under way, Cleveland, Ohio, offers unique attractions and experiences for people of all ages to enjoy. From cultural arts to historic landmarks, seniors and their families can keep busy during the warmer months.

    Continue reading for a...

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    April 27, 2017

    10 Features You’ll Notice at a Top Northeast Ohio Funeral Home

    Finding the best funeral home for your loved one’s funeral or memorial service is a highly personal and emotional decision to make in your time of grief. Different criteria and features come into play on a family-by-family basis including location,...

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    April 13, 2017

    5 Ways Caregivers Can Help Combat Senior Isolation

    There’s a growing problem of social isolation and loneliness in older generations. In fact, the health risks of prolonged social isolation are equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day, according the AARP Foundation.

    Many times, when a loved one...

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    March 16, 2017

    4 Important Questions to Ask Before Selecting a Funeral Home

    Following the loss of a loved one, you may feel stressed or lost as you search for the best funeral home. Many families may not know the right features to look for to ensure they’re getting the best value and trusted care.

    For many, the following...

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    February 23, 2017

    Traveling with Cremated Remains: What You Need to Know

    Following the loss of a loved one, you may need to travel with cremated remains. However, maneuvering through airport security can lead to additional emotional stress to those in mourning. 

    If you or someone you know is planning on traveling with...

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    February 9, 2017

    5 Important Elements to Look For in a Funeral Home


    We all have unique end-of-life wishes, and it’s important to find a home that caters to yours. You deserve a celebration that represents your life and personality. 

    However, it can be difficult to narrow down your options if you don’t know where...

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    January 26, 2017

    Digital Assets: 3 Popular, Free Solutions to Password Management

    When it comes to preplanning, there’s a lot to think about. From final resting place to financing, it’s important to ensure your loved ones understand your final wishes and have everything they need to complete them.

    In addition to traditional...

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    January 12, 2017

    4 Final Resting Places for Historic Figures

    For those families who choose burial, cemeteries serve as a final resting place for a loved one. Cemeteries also are a location to visit your loved one once they pass, and adorn their gravestone or monument with memories or flowers.

    Cemeteries are...

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    December 16, 2016

    Today's Caregiver: Providing Comfort and Hope for Those in Need

    Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter once said, “There are four kinds of people: those who will become caregivers, those who are caregivers, those who were caregivers, and those who will need caregiving themselves.”

    Caregiving takes many forms....

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    December 1, 2016

    Holiday Grieving: 12 Activities to Ease the Pain

    In the years following a loss, holiday plans may change and traditions may shift, causing emotional stress. To help ease your experience, you can plan a few activities ahead of time.

    Creating new traditions can be difficult. Yet, reminding yourself...

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    November 17, 2016

    How to Organize Your Personal Information

    What’s on your bucket list? Maybe you want to travel to Paris, hit a hole-in-one, or simply spend more time with family.

    Each of us has a unique list of things we want to accomplish in life, but one activity that should be on everyone’s to-do list...

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    November 3, 2016

    5 Present and Future Benefits of Preplanning

    Planning a funeral can be overwhelming. Many decisions need to be made, from final resting place to service or memorial details, and after a death occurs, it can be difficult to make these arrangements when grieving.

    To protect your loved ones...

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    October 27, 2016

    Identifying a Loved One: What to Expect and How to Prepare

    Losing a loved one is an emotional time for the entire family. The identification process may also be an extremely emotional situation for family members. And it may seem difficult to put yourself in the position to see your deceased loved one.


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    October 20, 2016

    9 Online Resources for Breast Cancer Prevention, Detection and Support

    It is estimated that 12% of women will develop breast cancer during their lives. And every individual’s experience with breast cancer is unique. 

    There are a variety of resources available that aim to offer information and support. Each resource...

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    October 6, 2016

    How to Fill Out a Cremation Authorization Form

    When a loved one passes away, there are many time-sensitive tasks to complete. And in some situations when a death occurs, these duties must be performed while grieving.

    If your loved one chooses cremation, one of the most important tasks to...

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    September 29, 2016

    Your Preplanning Checklist in 5 Steps

    There’s a lot to know about preplanning a funeral and it’s never too early to start learning. In fact, planning a funeral or cremation requires making up to 125 decisions.

    Losing a loved one is emotional, and making decisions can be overwhelming...

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    September 22, 2016

    Grief Hurts: Understanding and Coping With the Pain

    The pain of losing a loved one can be a very profound experience. No two people cope with grief the same and there is no right or wrong way to feel. In fact, you may experience grief differently each time you experience a loss. Even children and...

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    September 15, 2016

    Tips to Follow When Arranging a Cremation

    It’s projected that by 2030, nearly 71% of individuals will choose cremation.

    If you’re arranging your own cremation or carrying out final wishes for a loved one, there are many important decisions to make. And in some situations these decisions...

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    September 8, 2016

    5 Books to Turn to For Support While Grieving

    We all grieve in different ways, but one thing is certain: it’s possible for the heartache to overtake our lives and make essential tasks seem impossible. While duties that once seemed simple may take a toll on us both physically and emotionally...

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    September 1, 2016

    Who to Include When Preplanning Your Funeral

    We may not know how much longer we have in life, but we can certainly prepare for our passing through end-of-life plans. When preparing yourself and family for death, you can never be too prepared. By preplanning your funeral, you can arrange and...

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    August 25, 2016

    4 Steps to Choosing the Right Funeral Home

    Selecting a funeral home for yourself or a loved one allows you to plan a unique end-of-life celebration.

    There are many steps to follow when choosing the right funeral home before or after a death occurs—from selecting the location to touring...

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    August 4, 2016

    Online Funerals: How Technology Has Reshaped Tradition

    We shop, talk to friends and pay bills online. The Internet is a part of everything we do, even how we express our feelings. It's common to scroll through Facebook and see a happy or sad status. People share their lives in short, but public, posts....

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    July 28, 2016

    3 Tips for the “Sandwich Generation” to Find Relief

    You get home from a long day of work to find your kids need money for a school function. Not only that, your parents need you to take them to the doctor in the morning, which will likely mean new medication you’ll need to buy.

    This is the life of...

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    July 21, 2016

    Digital Life After Death: What You Need to Know

    Digital assets are central to our everyday lives. From social media accounts to iTunes music collections, our electronic life is an extension of who we are.

    When carrying out end-of-life plans for a loved one, it’s important to know and understand...

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    July 14, 2016

    Senior Financial Literacy: Make the Most of Your Money Post-Retirement

    Retirement is a time when seniors adapt to many changes. You’ve spent your life building up a retirement fund to live a comfortable life, but even with your savings, you’ll likely need to make adjustments in your spending. Keep reading for tips on...

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    June 30, 2016

    A Comprehensive Guide to Simple Will Preparation

    Creating a will is an emotional task. Acknowledging our own mortality can be a struggle, and putting it down on paper may be even harder. This is perhaps why 51 percent of Americans between 55 and 64 are without a will. You’re not alone.


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    June 21, 2016

    10 Questions and Answers About Funeral Etiquette

    Attending a funeral can be an emotional and awkward experience for many people. It’s not uncommon to be unsure of what to wear, who to bring or how to act. Below are answers to common questions to help make this experience a bit easier for you.


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    June 9, 2016

    Are You Authorized? What You Need to Know When Arranging a Cremation

    Before you can arrange a cremation service, you have to verify that you have the legal authority to make the decision. To prevent disputes, Ohio law only permits certain individuals to authorize funeral, burial and cremation arrangements in a...

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    May 26, 2016

    Medicaid and Funeral Preplanning: Plan Ahead to Avoid Regret

    How many times have you made a quick decision that produced poor results? How did you feel after you made it? Research shows that people who feel rushed tend to regret their decision, even when it turns out well. You can even regret mundane...

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    April 26, 2016

    3 Reasons Why It’s Never Too Early to Preplan Your Funeral

    Why do we wait to check items off our bucket list like taking a trip to Hawaii, or learning to play an instrument? There’s no better time than the present for living life to the fullest, and it often starts by taking that first step.

    There are other...

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    April 19, 2016

    4 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Cremation Provider

    Choosing a cremation service is a big decision to make. Before committing to a provider, you have the right to ask questions to ensure you’re loved one will be cared for and that you are receiving the best value within your price range.


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    April 18, 2016

    How to Plan a Loving Gathering Before or After a Cremation

    These days, more families and individuals are choosing cremation as their final wish. In fact, the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) projects that nearly 56% will select cremation by 2020.

    As the popularity of cremation rises, so do...

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    April 13, 2016

    How to Get Affordable Cremation Without Sacrificing Service [EBOOK]

    In recent years, we’ve experienced more American families choosing cremation as a final wish. It’s projected by the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) that in 2030, 71% of those who die will be cremated.

    As the number of cremations...

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    April 5, 2016

    German Funeral Director Brings Unique Experience to Cleveland

    The small town of Haan, Germany is more than 4,000 miles (a 12-hour plane ride) away from Cleveland. But, that long distance didn’t stop Maike Piepenstock (m-EYE-kah pip-IN-stock) from journeying here to fulfill her career and travel desires.


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    March 29, 2016

    How to Preplan a Cremation: What You Need To Know

    Cremation is a rising trend in the United States. 48.5% of dispositions were cremations in 2015, and the percentage is expected to grow to 56.2% by 2020.

    Also increasing is the number of people preplanning their funerals. Did you know you can also...

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    March 22, 2016

    How to Preplan Your Funeral: 125 Decisions Made Easy

    Throughout your lifetime, you plan for milestones like your wedding, graduation and retirement. These occasions gather crowds for a celebration and require extensive planning to make happen. It shouldn’t be any different for your funeral—the...

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    March 15, 2016

    Funeral Preplanning: The Missing Piece in Your End-of-Life Plans

    Have you ever had that feeling that something important is missing? Maybe a recipe needed an extra teaspoon of sugar, or your favorite puzzle’s final piece was nowhere to be found. The final product isn’t quite right when you don’t have all the...

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    March 8, 2016

    3 Eye-Opening Factors That Will Help You Avoid Funeral Sticker Shock

    Believe it or not, the average cost of a funeral is $7,000 to $10,000. Yet, according to our survey of Ohio households, we found that 38% of respondents believe funerals cost $4,000 or less in total.

    With this gap in perception and actual cost,...

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    February 25, 2016

    How to Create a Unique Cremation Service Memorial

    When planning a cremation memorial you have many options to choose from, and a personalized tribute can be a loving way to say goodbye.

    Every memorial service should be as exceptional as the person who died. Was your loved one always the life of the...

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    February 5, 2016

    “Affordable” Cremation: 4 Things You Need To Consider

    Over the past 50 years, cremation has grown exponentially. In fact, the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) predicts that cremation will surpass burials by 2020.

    So why is cremation becoming such a common choice? Well, one of the most...

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