25 Top Hospice, Death Care and Eldercare Blogs

Are you seeking expert advice on how to work with an elderly parent? Do you want to find information about your own aging? Many experts, including lawyers, hospice nurses and nursing home advocates, have taken to the Web to offer their advice and knowledge through the following up-to-date blogs. Their information may be what you need to answer your questions about aging, deathcare and eldercare.

Historic Funeral Traditions in the News

This week in the news, you can find several funeral traditions that have been upheld, from the Catholic wake to the Dakota culture. In addition, one story portrayed a tradition that was upheld in a somewhat non-traditional way. From these stories, you may get some ideas on how you’d like to be remembered as well!

Mourning Stationery’s Long History

Genealogists often drool over family Bibles, as they can find notices of births, deaths and marriages written on many pages within that book. But, the other piece of evidence that can hide within a family Bible’s pages is the mourning stationery, or a printed or written piece that talks about a deceased member or friend of the family. These family letters and notices can reveal much about the family’s history, but they also reveal much about American society and its perspective on social attitudes toward death.

One Solution for Eternal Preservation

Do you want to be preserved for eternity once you’ve died? One solution to this problem of eternal preservation was discovered by Dr. Bill Bass (creator of the Body Farm) in 2006, when J.P. Richardson, III asked Dr. Bass to examine the body of his father upon exhumation. Richardson’s father – Jiles Perry Richardson, Jr. – was known as the “Big Bopper,” or the musician/songwriter who died in the plane crash that also killed Buddy Holly and Richie Valens in 1959.

Mourning Jewelry Customs

Have you been to a funeral lately where the loved ones of the deceased handed out party favors? Probably not – but this custom was in force from the fifteenth century throughout most of the 1700s and beyond, but with much less fervor since the Civil War.* Popular gifts at the time were rings, brooches, […]

A Day to Honor Purple Heart Recipients

Did you realize that today is Purple Heart Day? Each year on August 7th, the Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A. Inc. (MPOH) asks Americans to pause to remember and honor the brave men and women who were wounded or who died on the battlefield. The Purple Heart concept was born on this date.

Historical Funeral Traditions: Determining Death

Before the 1800s, determining the death of a person basically was a guessing game. Before that time, a weak heatbeat, a coma, cold skin and weak respiration might render you a corpse in other people’s eyes. This is why the fear of being buried alive was alive and well during the centuries before the stethoscope was invented. Alcohol or drugs, heart attacks, serious infections, shock, dehydration and other everyday causes could mean that the person who was in a coma, passed out or otherwise seemingly not alive could be pronounced dead, when that person really was alive…albeit barely so.

How to Volunteer for National Cemetery Service

A news blurb on NBC Nightly News tonight prompted me to learn more about volunteer services at national cemeteries. The story was about a man who owned a landscaping service and who pulled together over 400 volunteers to help landscape and maintain Arlington Cemetery in a program called Renewal and Remembrance [video]. From veterans to youngsters, these folks had gathered together to plant trees, spread lime and plant flowers in honor of the servicemen who had defended this country.

Why a Glass Coffin?

My daughter and I roamed around three floors of an antique mall in Louisville, Kentucky, one day. This mall was incredible, as it contained many antiques that a viewer might find in a museum – and many items that you may never see in a museum, but that you may find in a funeral home. One of these items was a coffin that contained a glass window at the head of the coffin. While my daughter doubled over in nervous laughter when she saw that coffin, I was curious as to why the glass existed.

Historic Funeral Traditions: Native North American

Much is known today about various Native American burial customs, but the main fact that stands out is that each tribe’s customs remain different. These traditions, based upon beliefs and custom and affected by location, demands only a brief overview.