Six Methods for Scattering Cremains

Do you wish to have your remains scattered after a cremation? If so, make your wishes known now to friends and/or loved ones so no one is taken aback by your request once you’re gone. Once you’ve made your decision and informed loved ones, you still need to decide how you’ll want your cremains (remains after cremation) scattered.

How to Recognize a Suicidal Soldier

One hundred and twenty-eight (128) soldiers committed suicide in 2008, and another fifteen cases are pending. This is a record number of suicides over the past three decades since the Army has been keeping records. This year, 2009, the Army appears to be headed toward a new record for suicides within ranks.

10+ Trivial Cemetery Facts

Do you get squeamish at the thought of cemeteries? If you put cemeteries into a new light, such as one that shines from history or from downright silly trivia, you may not be so intimidating. While cemeteries hold remains of the dead, they also hold some interesting facts such as the ones listed below:

Grieving? Get Online Advice from a Hospice

What better place to find information on grief and grieving than through a hospice site? A hospice is geared to helping people transition from life to death and to helping families ease the pain of loss. The following list is comprised of ten great sites that contain information about how to handle the grieving process for yourself or for others.

“In Lieu of Flowers”

What does it mean when an obituary announcement includes the phrase “In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to…”? This statement means the family of the deceased would prefer donations from the friends and relatives to a charity rather than flowers at the funeral home or at the grave site. But, this statement often singles out the floral industry in a negative manner, and funeral directors may be asked to comply with newspaper obituary guidelines which prohibit discriminatory phrases.

Living Wills Could Save Money Nationwide

On April 19 this year, the nation celebrated its first National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). The National Healthcare decisions Day was designed to help Americans understand that making future healthcare decisions includes much more than deciding what care they would or would not want regarding their health. This initiative also advocates “expressing preferences, clarifying values, identifying care preferences and selecting an agent to express healthcare decisions if patients are unable to speak for themselves.”

American Soldiers Buried Overseas: WWI

U.S. military men and women who died overseas during battle or through disease or accidents that occurred during wartime often were buried overseas. Soldiers who died overseas during World War I often were buried several times – a quick burial and then a more formal burial in a local cemetery and then a final burial in an American military cemetery in Europe or a cemetery in the states.

American Soldiers Buried Overseas: WWII

Did you ever wonder whether all soldiers’ bodies were returned to the U.S.? In many cases, soldiers who died in battle, through disease or accident during wartime were buried at various cemeteries throughout Europe and the Philippines. The American Battle Monuments Commission offers vast information about these cemeteries. The list below offers all the overseas military cemeteries where World War II soldiers are interred:

The Most Important Document After Death

After a loved one dies, do you know which document you need to move forward with everything from wills to the burial? The death certificate, sometimes called the medical certificate of the cause of death (MCCD), is a document issued by a government official such as a registrar of vital statistics that declares the date, location and cause of a person’s death. While a death certificate can help officials and others understand how the person died, it also may be required in order to arrange a burial or cremation, to prove a person’s will or to claim on a person’s life insurance.

What is an American Gold Star Mother?

After many years working in newspaper archives in search of clues to migration patterns for a specific group, I came across an article that contained the name of a woman who was included in my research. This woman’s name was included in a list of Gold Star Mothers, or women who were entitled to make a pilgrimage to their loved ones’ graves overseas at the expense of the U.S. government. More than 17,000 mothers and widows were eligible for this program, which began in 1929. When the project ended in 1933, nearly 7,000 women had taken advantage of the offer to visit the graves in Europe.