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An Important Part of Healing
It is important for families making plans for a cremation to include a meaningful time of remembrance for their loved one. There are many product and service options to help families recognize and memorialize a life lived. Families must choose the type of gathering, be it public or private. They must choose what kind of permanent memorial is desired, and what products best meet that need.

Gatherings and Services
The benefits of a gathering or ceremony has been cited by grief counselors as an important part of overcoming grief. The gathering allows both family and friends an opportunity to honor a loved one.

Most families desire some form of permanent memorial to the deceased. Memorialization can take many forms: a decorative urn, keepsake items, a memorabilia chest, or even the planting of a tree. Memorialization provides the important emotional value and focal point for loved ones and future generations to remember the deceased. The ways in which we say farewell at the time of death are changing, but the need to say farewell in a meaningful and thoughtful way is timeless.

It is important for families to understand that choosing cremation does not limit their options for products and sevices, nor does it limit their opportunity to create a meaningful remembrance. Your local funeral director is ready to assist families in making meaningful choices.

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Books That Offer Healing and Support

How young widows and widowers can cope and heal

I am greiving as fast as I can
Dr. Joyce Brothers has done every woman a great service by sharing her innermost thoughts and feelings about the death of her husband

Learn about the stages of grief. Work through your feelings of loss. Develop new coping skills.

The healing journey through grief
How families heal from the death of a child

The worst Loss
"The most comprehensive, insightful, and helpful volume on loss and survival."

How to go on living when someone you love dies
This guide offers frank and compassionate help to those who need support and comfort in dealing with a parent's death.

How to survive the loss of a parent
"There is nothing that will ease the pain from the loss of a child but this book made me understand the necessity of grieving --in my own time and in my own way."

The bereaved parent
Thoughtful practical ideas for rebuilding your life: challengers, changes, decision-making and relationship....

Widow to Widow
Will life ever be the same? Learning to live the affects of a suicide

Life after suicide
Coping with Sorrows Anger and Injustice After a Tragic Death

No time for goodbyes
The authors address the special needs and emotions of the survivors of suicide; Includes a directory of worldwide support groups.

Healing after the suicide of a loved one
A Parent's Guide to Coping With the Loss of a Child

After the darkness the sun will shine again

Grief Support