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Alternative memorial ceremonies

Perhaps your loved one was an avid hiker, patron of the arts, or leader and advocate within their community. It is possible to honor these aspects of their life in your final farewell, as there are countless ways to say goodbye to someone you love.

How to write a eulogy: The comprehensive guide

Writing a eulogy is not an easy task, coming as it usually does while you are still grieving your loved one’s passing—but it can be a healing one.

A monument in words: Writing an obituary

An obituary is a way of memorializing and celebrating the life of your loved one, as well as the way that the wider world will find ot the sad news of their passing. It can be a challenge to write, but it can be important, and even healing.

A funeral or memorial ceremony is an opportunity for you and your family and the community of those who knew your loved one to grieve, and to honor and celebrate their life. The type of service you choose and all of its details will depend upon several factors; we’re here to guide you through each one.

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Loss is hard. Its vocabulary shouldn’t be.

We speak the specialized language of estates and funerals, so you don’t have to.

Administrator

The person appointed by the court to handle the estate of someone who dies without a will.

The duties of an administrator are similar to those of an executor, but as there is no will to execute, he or she is named administrator and distributes assets according to a procedure dictated by state law.

Estate

The sum total of someone’s net worth, including all assets. From a legal standpoint, an estate is not simply everything the person owns, but the value of all of these assets minus any debts or other liabilities. Estates are calculated differently depending on their purpose.
For example, the taxable estate may include assets that are not in the probate estate.

Memorial

A service held to commemorate someone’s life. Memorials are generally considered distinct from funerals in that they are held without the body present and are not focused on the burial, although services where the urn with the loved one’s ashes is present are also called memorials. Traditionally, a funeral is a more formal service while memorials are often more unstructured.

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