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What I Learned in the Death Care Industry

We’ve all had that one experience that changes us forever. Sometimes for better, sometimes worse. Maybe it made you question everything or maybe it made you a bit numb. Perhaps it led to self-discovery or perhaps it led to more confusion. Everybody has had that formative experience that makes them realize what they really, really want or what they really, really don’t want; what they truly care about and what they couldn’t give a damn about.
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The Importance of Your Legacy

When it comes to feeling like we’ve done enough in our life, all too often we feel like we’re burdened with regret. Still, as we’re living it – especially when we’re younger – we tend to put off too much with the intent on getting back to it, whether it’s a day, week, month, or even decades later. As Jack Kornfield, a Buddhist practitioner and author of Buddha’s Little Instruction Book, said in simpler terms: “The trouble is, you think you have time.”
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WHY LOSING A PARENT MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE A CHILD-even when you’re all grown up.

Losing a parent when we’re young enough to still need their hands-on care is like being adrift in the ocean without a lifejacket. For babies, toddlers, and children, it’s a matter of life and death. But even as teenagers, young adults and beyond, we continue to cast parents in the role of provider, protector, teacher, role model, advocate and source of unconditional love. They may not be our first call for help; if anything, we may be their last resort. After all, who wants their parents to know that they’ve lost their job, are struggling with a divorce, dealing with depression, or can’t pay the utility bill?  Leaning on them makes us feel small.
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5 Things You Can Do with Scattering Urns after Scattering Ashes

Once the ceremony of spreading ashes is complete, people often realize they’re left with a scattering urn without an idea of what to do with the urn. Whether you’re in the preplanning stages, or post-scattering stage, we’ve gathered information on scattering urns, along with a few ideas to consider on how they might be reused.
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The Wangkang Festival – Cremation of Spirits

Cremation is an ancient practice, described as early as the 8th century B.C.E. in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. In classical times, cremation was a military procedure associated with battlefield honors. Cremation of Roman emperors included the release of an eagle above the cremation pyre to symbolize an emperor's deification and the passing of the emperor-god’s spirit.
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Which Dynasty Invented Urns?

Cremation is certainly one of the most popular forms of final disposition today, but it has always been a controversial choice throughout history. Before the start of organized religions, cremation was widely practiced throughout Europe and the Near East. However, the invention of urns is still shrouded in mystery as to which dynasty can lay claim.
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Where Do Urns Go in a Cemetery?

Scattering the ashes of a loved one can often lack the finality or sense of permanence we receive from funeral sites and cemeteries. For many people, the decision to keep cremains at home is an easy one. In most instances, people aren’t aware of all the memorial options available to them. However, there are a variety of options to choose from. In this article, we examine the many places your loved one’s cremated ashes can go. Keep reading to learn more.
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What Is It Like to Keep Ashes at Home?

One of the many benefits of cremation is the sheer variety of ways we can display or honor our loved ones’ remains. The concept of displaying an urn invites thoughtful consideration as to how you might feel in the presence of a loved one who passed away. Now more than ever, people are choosing to keep the cremated ashes of children, spouses, parents, and pets at home, so they can feel comforted by and connected to their memories.
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Valuable Time: Helping a Bereaved Senior Plan a Funeral

Much of what needs to be done involves organizing details that are well known but need to be ordered to fulfill various purposes. You can do a great deal to help an elderly loved one by collecting all the information that’ll be needed for an obituary, headstone inscription, wishes for a memorial service, and what kind of music should be played. An overwhelmed senior may forget much of this information, even basic details about their partner’s life. This is where you can be especially helpful.
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What is Water Cremation?

Water cremation is an eco-friendly alternative to flame-based cremation and casket burial. It is basically an accelerated version of what takes place in natural decomposition.

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Cultural Rituals of Spring and Easter and Their Significance

Who doesn’t enjoy Spring? The turn of seasons is a radiant cycle, with the arrival of Spring being the most jubilant of all, resplendent with emerging delicate green buds, days of lengthening light, the return of migrating birds, animals venturing out from hibernation, blooming crocus, tulips, and daffodils, and fresh liveliness everywhere. Spring is the essence of rebirth and renewal.

From ancient times, celebrations of Spring’s new beginnings can be traced to secular rituals of dying and rising gods.

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Unlocking the Secrets of a Long Life

When interviewed by countless media outlets, centenarians seem to have more in common than genetic advantage and a lifestyle that often includes a moderate diet and daily exercise. Beaming in photographs, they glow with the inner light only genuine happiness can ignite. They exemplify a life well lived.

So how can we, perhaps decades younger, pursue similar joy? A long life, it turns out, is not solely dependent on environment—such as living in a mild climate—smart life choices, genetic makeup, or spiritual beliefs. The connective tissue is often the quality of our relationships.

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