Shiva Etiquette

Monday, November 18

Losing a loved one or someone you are close to is never easy. Making sure you are honoring them properly is important. In the Jewish religion many families sit Shiva. Shiva is defined as a period of seven days of formal mourning for the dead, beginning immediately after the funeral. Shiva normally takes place in… Read More

Ways to Honor Your Loved One

Friday, October 18

After losing a loved one many people have a hard time moving on. They feel as if they will forget about them. That is not true at all, we have found some ways to honor a loved one so you can move on, but their memory is never forgotten. Cooking Their Favorite Meal A nice… Read More

If You Think Your Family Is Dysfunctional, You Are Part of a Very Large Club

Monday, April 23

If You Think Your Family Is Dysfunctional, You Are Part of a Very Large Club. Sitting with families during a time of need or crisis can be a fascinating study. Invariably there is tension between siblings and it is reflected in the arrangement conference. Each individual has their own agenda, feelings of guilt and remorse,… Read More

How is Someone of the Jewish Faith Prepared for Burial

Thursday, February 22

The Jewish religion has certain customs and traditions regarding the preparation of a decedent for burial. Unlike many other faiths, the first rule of preparation for a decedent that is of the Jewish faith is that there be no embalming. Embalming is a process of preservation involving the invasive use of chemicals that is considered… Read More

What is the Reason to Consider a “Watcher”?

Thursday, February 15

Many families, while making funeral arrangements for a loved one, will ask for a “watcher” without really knowing the reason behind having one. Many years ago, a watcher was a person assigned to “watch” a body just in case the person was not actually dead as the tests for death were not as certain as… Read More

What To Do When a Death Occurs

Wednesday, February 7

When a loved one is failing and you have been advised to consider preparing for the inevitable, there is much to think about. Aside from the specific details that will need to be contemplated regarding the actual funeral service and burial, knowing precisely whom to call when a death occurs is a critical part of this process. The answer will change depending upon the circumstances… Read More