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Indigent at Death: 4 Common Questions, Answered

The average cost of a funeral is $7,848—up 6.6% from 2016. However, some families may struggle to find the means to pay for all the expenses included...

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5 Ways to Rebuild Your Confidence Following a Loss

When you lose someone, you oftentimes lose a small part of yourself, too.

And there’s good reason for you to feel this way: Your loved one may have...

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6 Final Resting Places for Cremated Remains

When a loved one passes away, there are a lot of emotional decisions ahead. If there were not any prearranged plans, you and your family must first...

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National Nurses Day and Beyond: How to Thank a Nurse Every Day

Though the world is continuously affected by uncertainty, there’s one thing we know for sure: We owe the nurses of the world a thank you.

Over three...

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7 Ideas for Supporting a Family Caregiver in Your Life

Today’s family caregivers fill many roles. From chef to chore coordinator to at-home nurse, caring for an ill or aging loved one requires caregivers...

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Meet Our Staff: How Funeral Preplanning Is Different with Busch

Compassion and innovation are embedded in the roots of Busch Funeral and Crematory Services—and it all starts with our caring Busch staff.

In our...

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Funeral Personalization: 8 Unique Funeral Services We’ve Seen

When you hear the word funeral, what comes to mind?

You’re likely picturing a somber event with attendees wearing black attire surrounded by bouquets...

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5 Life Lessons We Can Learn From Grief

When a loved one passes, the grief that follows is likely one of the most intense experiences you’ll have in your life.

Grief can take the form of...

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Caring for Aging Parents: 6 Must-Have Conversations

Becoming a caregiver to your aging parents can be a rewarding way to provide comfort to the people who raised you.

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Who Are Funerals For—the Living or Deceased?

Funerals are an important part of cultures around the world, with the earliest rituals dating back thousands of years.

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7 Tips for Flying with Cremated Remains

Did you know that it’s possible to travel with cremated remains? Keep in mind though, security and individual airlines have rules that must be...

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8 Common Myths About Burial

Burial has long been one of the most common final disposition methods. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t myths or misconceptions around the...

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Top 7 Features to Look for in a Funeral Home in Cleveland and Beyond

What do you look for when selecting a funeral home?

Is it a welcoming staff, a modern building or a convenient location?

While some may view a...

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Don’t Want a Funeral When You Pass? 4 Reasons Why Your Family Might Need It.

Though end-of-life celebrations have evolved over the years, one constant remains: they continue to play a prominent role in the grieving process.

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My Loved One Prearranged a Funeral. Now What?

Planning a funeral is one of the most stressful experiences families face. It also happens to be one of the most expensive purchases, too.

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

While it’s likely you’ve heard of burial or cremation as a final wish, there are several other end-of-life options to choose from that aren’t as...

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7 Items and Products You’ll Need for a Burial

Your loved one has chosen burial as their final disposition method.

Now what?

From choosing a casket to finding a location, your to-do list may seem...

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How to Cope with the Loss of a Spouse or Partner

The relationship we have with a spouse or partner is unlike any other. That person is who we oftentimes raise a family with, who we spend our...

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What to Expect at a Graveside Burial

 

In your lifetime, you’ll likely experience a variety of end-of-life celebrations, each of them important for finding peace and closure.

Religious...

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10 Ways to Stay Positive in the New Year While Grieving

Grieving is hard enough to live through each day as it comes—but when a whole new year is put in front of us, it can become even more overwhelming....

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Humble Heroes of Northeast Ohio: Busch’s 2021 Caregiver Award Winners

Our Busch Caregiver Award program was created in 2016 to recognize and honor the service and sacrifice of caregivers in the Northeast Ohio community.

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18 Ways to Cope With Holiday Grief

Coping with the loss of a loved one is difficult, and it can be magnified tenfold during the holidays.

As the holiday season approaches, you might...

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9 Holiday Grief Support Resources

Grief is a 365-day a year experience. But it certainly intensifies during the holidays. The pain and sorrow of losing a loved one can deepen and the...

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Top 9 Retirement Tips for Seniors

Retirement is a significant milestone in a person’s life. It marks the end of decades of hard work and the start of a relaxing, leisurely future.

...

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Perspectives on Grief: Meghan Burmeister

 

This post is part of our Perspectives on Grief series, where we ask our caring staff members to share their personal experiences with grief. For...

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9 Thoughtful Thanksgiving Conversation Starters

How often do you connect with your family members?

While it can be challenging to keep up with everyone’s lives, Thanksgiving gives us the...

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Meet Our Fairview Park Funeral Home Manager

Compassion and innovation are embedded in the roots of Busch Funeral and Crematory Services—and it all starts with our caring Busch staff.  

In our...

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6 Steps for Arranging an Authorized Cremation in Ohio

Like many parts of the final arrangements planning process, arranging a loved one’s cremation requires several steps.

Before you can arrange a ...

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A Look Back: A Thoughtful Reflection About Presence, Permission and Participation

And so the time has come. After 18 passion-filled, thought-driven years, Busch’s very own Cathy Nichols is headed into retirement.

Cathy has served...

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When Two Worlds Collide: Organ Donation and Funeral Preplanning [Podcast]

 

There are 169 million people in the U.S. who are registered as organ donors.

In the event of your passing, registering as an organ donor helps...

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25+ Popular Funeral Songs to Play at an End-of-Life Celebration

Music is an important part of the human experience. It has the power to bring us joy or move us to tears. Music also has the power to add a unique,...

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Room-by-Room Home Safety Guide for Seniors Living Alone

According to Aging In Place, nine out of 10 people want to age at home. Family members and caregivers can make this desire a reality for their senior...

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What to Expect at a Catholic Funeral Service

With Catholicism being one of the most popular religions in Ohio, it’s likely you’ll end up attending a Catholic funeral service at some point in...

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Your Legacy, Your Way: How to Begin Thinking About Your Final Wishes

While it may not feel like a top priority, documenting your final wishes is ultimately an act of love for your surviving family members.

But where do...

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How to Discuss Preplanning Final Arrangements with Aging Parents

There’s no easy way to address preplanning final arrangements with your loved ones, but it’s an important step in ensuring their wishes are met. It...

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Meet Our North Royalton and Parma Funeral Home Manager

Compassion and innovation are embedded in the roots of Busch Funeral and Crematory Services—and it all starts with our caring Busch staff. In our...

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Perspectives on Grief: Jeff Hogan

This post is part of our Perspectives on Grief series, where we ask our caring staff members to share their personal experiences with grief. For more...

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Your Top Questions for a Funeral Director, Answered

When it comes to planning a funeral, it’s difficult to consider where to even begin, especially while experiencing a wide range of emotions. If...

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7 Considerations When Preparing a Sympathy Meal

While there are several ways to show sympathy and offer condolences after someone you know loses a loved one, one of the most popular ways is to send...

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Where Can I Scatter Cremated Remains in Ohio?

With cremation on the rise in the U.S., it’s important to understand the options you have for your loved one’s final resting place. Cremation gives...

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7 Questions About Embalming, Answered

Many families have questions about embalming–what it is, what it’s used for, if they need to do it when planning services—among others. Embalming is...

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5 Ways to Handle Family Conflict When Arranging Funeral Services

It’s not uncommon for family disagreements to stem from the death of a loved one.

Heightened emotions can lead to arguments, confusion and pain,...

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Does Preplanning Your Funeral Save Money?

How much would you estimate a funeral costs?

If you were in the ballpark between $7,000 - $10,000, you’re correct, according to research from the NFDA

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What’s the Difference Between a Wake, Funeral and Memorial Service?

When a loved one passes, there’s an overwhelming number of decisions that need to be made, especially if the departed didn’t document their final...

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Advice From Our Community: How to Stay in Contact With a Senior Loved One

As we age, human contact becomes more and more essential to our health and well-being. According to the National Institutes of Health, loneliness and...

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5 Factors to Keep in Mind When Selecting Funeral Flowers

Flowers are a common staple at funeral services and serve as a meaningful tribute to a loved one who has passed away.

Whether they’re selected by...

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Who Do I Work With When Planning a Funeral?

Whether you are planning a funeral after the loss of a loved one or choosing to preplan your own funeral, chances are you will work with someone from...

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8 Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Grieving Loved Ones

How can you help someone who is grieving? It’s incredibly difficult to watch our loved ones when they’re in pain, and this is a question we often...

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Meet Our Elyria and Cleveland Funeral Home Manager

Compassion and innovation are embedded in the roots of Busch Funeral and Crematory Services—and it all starts with our caring Busch staff.

In our...

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What to Expect at a Buddhist Funeral Service

Cleveland is home to many culturally diverse walks of life, and chances are you may find yourself attending a gathering of some sort for someone...

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6 Ways to Maintain a Sense of Purpose as You Age

Many seniors go through a period of time where they are in search of new meaning and purpose. While this may be a struggle for some, it is crucial...

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What to Do on the One-Year Anniversary of a Death

There’s no single way to commemorate the one-year anniversary of a loved one’s passing.

While the anniversary can represent a time of grieving, it...

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5 Funeral Technologies to Enrich a Celebration of Life

The thought of planning a funeral can feel daunting at times. You’re tasked with many steps, from sharing service information with loved ones, to...

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Why Is Placing an Obituary Important?

Placing an obituary has been a long-standing tradition when a loved one passes away. Obituaries tell the story of your loved one’s life—who they...

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10 Sympathy Quotes to Comfort the Bereaved

 When someone you care about is going through the intense and painful emotions of losing a loved one, it can be difficult knowing the right words to...

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What Documents Do I Need to Arrange a Funeral?

Losing a loved one is already a stressful time, and it’s up to the surviving family members to make final arrangements—on top of dealing with grief.  

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How to Plan Ahead When a Loved One Receives a Terminal Diagnosis

Finding out a loved one is entering the final stages of life is undoubtedly overwhelming. Close family members are often left making funeral...

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Perspectives on Grief: Cathy Nichols

This post is part of our Perspectives on Grief series, where we ask our caring staff members to share their personal experiences with grief. For more...

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5 Signs a Family Caregiver Needs Support

Serving as the family caregiver can put strains on even the strongest individuals. This can lead to caregiver burnout.

Caregiver burnout is a state...

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Meet Our Avon and Avon Lake Funeral Home Manager

Compassion and innovation are embedded in the roots of Busch Funeral and Crematory Services—and it all starts with our caring Busch staff.

In our...

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6 Caring Conversation Starters for a Funeral or Memorial Service

If you have ever experienced a loss, you understand that there are very few words anyone can say to make the pain feel any less.  

The intense...

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Your Questions About Funeral Preplanning, Answered [Podcast]

Planning final arrangements requires making up to 125 decisions. When we lose a loved one, our judgment is often clouded as we go through the motions...

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4 Tools to Communicate with a Senior Loved One

There is a growing problem of social isolation and loneliness in older generations. So it’s incredibly important for elderly adults to stay in touch...

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My Loved One Passed Away. Who Do I Call?

Losing someone you love is one of life’s biggest challenges. The pain of loss can feel overwhelming causing you to experience a wide array of...

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12+ Questions About Funeral Etiquette, Answered

Attending a funeral or memorial service is likely inevitable at some point in everyone’s life. While it is important to take the time to celebrate...

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What Is an Appointment of Representation Form?

When someone passes, the immediate family is left with balancing both their own grief and preparing funeral arrangements. From informing friends and...

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5 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Cremation Provider

Choosing cremation as a final disposition method is a big decision—and not one every family knows a lot about. Before committing to a cremation ...

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Perspectives on Grief: Jim Busch

There are few experiences more personal than grief.

We all grieve differently. We experience the highs and the lows personally. A healing mechanism...

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What to Expect at a Hindu or Sikh Funeral Service

One of the joys of our richly diverse Cleveland community is sharing in the cultural practices of others, especially when they’re different from your...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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Why Is Talking 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...

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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.

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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....

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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.

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5 Ways to Embrace Aging

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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...

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Internet Safety for Seniors: How to Spot a Cyber Scam

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

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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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,...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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