by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. If someone you love has died during the novel coronavirus pandemic, you have come to grief in an exceptionally challenging moment in history. You may have been separated from your loved one as they were dying. You may have been unable to view or spend time with the body after [...]
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Condolences in the Time of COVID-19 Guidance for Conveying Your Love and Support by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. When someone dies—of COVID-19 or any cause—during this pandemic, their loved ones are being left to grieve in especially harrowing circumstances. They may not have been able to be by the dying person’s side in the hospital [...]
On Thursday September 26th the staff here at Cremation Society of Missouri was lucky enough to participate in a very important training on how to make our funeral home more Alzheimer’s friendly. Alzheimer’s is a growing epidemic in the United States as 1 in 9 Americans has Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia; and this [...]
When it comes to losing a loved one, families are often unaware of the steps that come after the funeral arrangements have been made. These steps include closing accounts, selling real estate, filling for life insurance benefits, etc. For most of these important tasks a certified death certificate will be required. For example, if a [...]
At the time of a loved one’s passing families are faced with what can be a tough decision; do they choose cremation or traditional burial for their loved one. This one decision affects how the rest of the funeral arrangements will be made and other in turn. When having to make such a big decision [...]
At Cremation Society of Missouri, we are often asked, “When is a good time to start pre-planning my funeral arrangements?” The simple answer is, it’s always a good time to start thinking about pre-planning your final arrangements. Culturally, talking about your own death and final wishes could be considered unsettling – but, we assure you [...]
When a loved one passes away, understanding who has the rights to make the funeral arrangements can be a confusing and difficult topic to understand. By law the legal next of kin is often responsible for marking funeral arrangements, unless a Power of Attorney (POA) has been legally designated. Typically, the legal next of kin [...]
As cremation continues to become a popular choice, families are often faced with the question “How do I choose the best cremation provider?”. This is an important question that leads to a very important decision. There are several cremation providers throughout the St. Louis and St. Charles area, which can make choosing a provider [...]