Short Eulogy Quotes, Poems, and Sympathy Card Quotes

Eulogy QuoteDuring times of grief and providing support to a loved one, can sometimes leave you speechless. What do you write in the sympathy card? What do you say in a eulogy? We hope the following list of short eulogy quotes and poems, can help you find the perfect words to express your feelings. And if you have a favorite, do share with us via a comment.

Eulogy Quotes, or Sympathy Card Poems

  • Grief is the price we pay for love.
-Unknown Author
  • Until we meet again, may God
 Hold you in the palm of his hand.
- Irish Prayer
  • Tears water our growth.
- William Shakespeare
  • When someone you love becomes a memory,
the memory becomes a treasure.
- Unknown Author
  • Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time… It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other. by Leo Buscaglia
  • If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.
-Unknown Author
  • May you find comfort in the arms of an angel.
- Unknown Author
  • ‘Say not in grief ‘he is no more’ but live in thankfulness that he was’
- Hebrew proverb
  • Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones
shine down to let us know they are happy.
- Unknown Author
  • As you danced in the light with joy, love lifted you. As you brushed against this world so gently, you lifted us. – – – T.C. Ring
  • The memory of a good person is a blessing.
- Proverb 10:7
  • When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced
Live your life in a manner that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice
- Native American Proverb
  • …In the midst of death we are in life.
- Author Unknown
  • The journey is the reward
- Tao Saying
  • The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart.
- Helen Keller
  • What we have once enjoyed
we can never lose;
All that we love deeply,
- Helen Keller
  • We shall find peace. We shall hear angels,
we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.”
- Chekov
  • Make yourself familiar with the angels,
and behold them
frequently in spirit; for without being seen,
they are present with you.
- Saint Francis de Sales
  • To love for the sake of being loved is human,
but to love for the sake of loving is angelic.”
- Alphonse de Lamartine
  • Those we love can never be
more than a thought apart,
far as long as there is memory,
they’ll live on in the heart.
- Unknown Author
  • The guardian angels of life sometimes fly so high as to be beyond
our sight, but they are always looking down upon us.”
- Jean Paul Richter
  • When hearts listen, angels sing.
- Unknown Author
  • Those we love remain with us
for love itself lives on,
- Unknown Author
  • Let us be silent that we may hear the whisper of God.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Then the child opened its eyes, and looked up into the angel’s beautiful face, which beamed with happiness, and at the same moment they were in heaven, where joy and bliss reigned. The child received wings like the other angel, and they flew about together, hand in hand.
- Hans Christian Andersen
  • Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names.
- Proverb
  • Death leaves a heartache
no one can heal;
Love leaves a memory no
one can steal
- Irish Tombstone
  • Life is not measured by the number of breaths we
take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
- Unknown Author
  • Those we love don’t go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.
- Unknown Author
  • Don’t be sad-
I am in a snowflake,
I am in the rays of sun,
I am in the sparkling of stars
- Unknown Author
  • Those we love don’t go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.
- Unknown Author
  • The next place that I go
will be as peaceful and familiar
as a sleepy summer Sunday
and a sweet, untroubled mind.
– Warren Hanson
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Additional Eulogy Quotes and Short Poems

Below are more short eulogy quotes and poems you can use at a service or sympathy card.

  • Love is like a butterfly; it goes where it pleases
and pleases wherever it goes.
- Unknown Author
  • Gone yet not forgotten,
although we are apart,
your spirit lives within me,
forever in my heart.
- Unknown Author
  • Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.
- Amelia Burr
  • People living deeply have no fear of death.
- Anais Nin
  • He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life.
- Albert Einstein
  • Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That signifies nothing. For us believing physicists the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
- Albert Einstein
  • The idea is to die young as late as possible.
- Ashley Montagu
  • God pours life into death and death into life without a drop being spilled.
- Unknown Author
  • Death? Why this fuss about death. Use your imagination, try to visualize a world without death! … Death is the essential condition of life, not an evil.
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • We cannot banish dangers, but we can banish fears. We must not demean life by standing in awe of death.
- David Sarnoff
  • From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.
- Edvard Munch
  • Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me.
The Carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality
- Emily Dickinson
  • The irony of man’s condition is that the deepest need is to be free of the anxiety of death and annihilation; but it is life itself which awakens it, and so we must shrink from being fully alive.
- Ernest Becker
  • Healthy children will not fear life if their elders have integrity enough not to fear death.
- Erik H. Erikson
  • Death is a debt we all must pay.
  • If you spend all your time worrying about dying, living isn’t going to be much fun.
- Unknown Author
  • Oh, may I join the choir invisible
Of those immortal dead who live again.
- George Eliot, The Choir Invisible
  • Death is a delightful hiding place for weary men.
- Herodotus
  • Life and death are balanced on the edge of a razor.
- Homer, Iliad
  • And they die an equal death – the idler and the man of mighty deeds.
- Homer, Iliad
  • Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live.
- Henry Van Dyke
  • Death is beautiful when seen to be a law, and not an accident – It is as common as life.
- Henry David Thoreau
  • If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.
- Isaac Asimov
  • Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem to be more afraid of life than death.
- James F. Bymes
  • God is growing bitter, He envies man his mortality.
- Jacques Rigaut, Pensées
  • Old persons are sometimes as unwilling to die as tired-out children are to say good night and go to bed.
- Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Death is a low chemical trick played on everybody except sequoia trees.
- J.J. Furnas
  • I’m not afraid of death. It’s the stake one puts up in order to play the game of life.
- Jean Giraudoux, Amphitryon
  • Death never takes the wise man by surprise; He is always ready to go.
- Jean de La Fontaine
  • Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life.
- John Muir
  • God himself took a day to rest in, and a good man’s grave is his Sabbath.
- John Donne
  • Boy, when you’re dead, they really fix you up. I hope to hell when I do die somebody has sense enough to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetery. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday, and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you’re dead? Nobody.
- J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
  • There are so many little dyings that it doesn’t matter which of them is death.
- Kenneth Patchen
  • For what is it to die,
But to stand in the sun and melt into the wind?
- ~Kahlil Gibran, from “The Prophet”
  • While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.
- Leonardo Da Vinci
  • As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well used brings happy death.
- Leonardo Da Vinci
  • ‘Tis very certain the desire of life prolongs it.
- Lord Byron
  • We understand death for the first time when he puts his hand upon one whom we love.
- Madame de Stael
  • All say, “How hard it is that we have to die” – a strange complaint to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
- Mark Twain
  • The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.
- Mark Twain
  • People do not die for us immediately, but remain bathed in a sort of aura of life which bears no relation to true immortality but through which they continue to occupy our thoughts in the same way as when they were alive. It is as though they were traveling abroad.
- Marcel Proust
  • We say that the hour of death cannot be forecast, but when we say this we imagine that hour as placed in an obscure and distant future. It never occurs to us that it has any connection with the day already begun or that death could arrive this same afternoon, this afternoon which is so certain and which has every hour filled in advance.
- Marcel Proust
  • All our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful death than animals that know nothing.
- Maurice Maeterlinck
  • Death is a release from the impressions of sense, and from impulses that make us their puppets, from the vagaries of the mind, and the hard service of the flesh.
- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
  • Death a friend that alone can bring the peace his treasures cannot purchase, and remove the pain his physicians cannot cure.
- Mortimer Collins
  • The death of someone we know always reminds us that we are still alive – perhaps for some purpose which we ought to re-examine.
- Mignon McLaughlin
  • Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.
- Norman Cousins
  • A man does not die of love or his liver or even of old age; he dies of being a man.
- Percival Arland Ussher
  • No one knows whether death is really the greatest blessing a man can have, but they fear it is the greatest curse, as if they knew well.
- Plato
  • Death is patiently making my mask as I sleep. Each morning I awake to discover in the corners of my eyes the small tears of his wax.
- Philip Dow
  • I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge — myth is more potent than history — dreams are more powerful than facts — hope always triumphs over experience — laughter is the cure for grief — love is stronger than death.
- Robert Fulghum
  • Gaily I lived as ease and nature taught,
And spent my little life without a thought,
And am amazed that Death, that tyrant grim,
Should think of me, who never thought of him.
- René Francois Regnier
  • I wouldn’t mind dying – it’s the business of having to stay dead that scares the shit out of me.
- R. Geis
  • You can be a king or a street sweeper,
but everybody dances with the Grim Reaper.
- Robert Alton Harris
  • Someday I’ll be a weather-beaten skull resting on a grass pillow,
Serenaded by a stray bird or two.
Kings and commoners end up the same,
No more enduring than last night’s dream.
- Ryokan
  • To himself everyone is immortal; he may know that he is going to die, but he can never know that he is dead.
- Samuel Butler
  • The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.
- Seneca
  • The goal of all life is death.
- Sigmund Freud
  • Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.
- Socrates
  • Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
- Susan Ertz, Anger in the Sky
  • God made death so we’d know when to stop.
- Steven Stiles
  • I intend to live forever. So far, so good.
- Steven Wright
  • A dying man needs to die, as a sleepy man needs to sleep, and there comes a time when it is wrong, as well as useless, to resist.
- Stewart Alsop
  • Time rushes towards us with its hospital tray of infinitely varied narcotics, even while it is preparing us for its inevitably fatal operation.
- Tennessee Williams, “The Rose Tattoo”
  • I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death.
- Thomas Browne
  • Birth, life, and death — each took place on the hidden side of a leaf.
- Toni Morrison
  • A man’s dying is more the survivors’ affair than his own.
- Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain
  • You will never find that life for which you are looking. When the gods created man they allotted to him death, but life they retained in their own keeping.
- The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.
- W. Somerset Maugham
  • I want a priest, a rabbi, and a Protestant clergyman. I want to hedge my bets.
- Wilson Mizner
  • I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived.
- Willa Cather
  • I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
- Winston Churchill
  • Name me no names for my disease,
With uninforming breath;
I tell you I am none of these,
But homesick unto death.
- Witter Bynner, “The Patient to the Doctors”
  • For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.
- William Penn
  • And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.
– Khalil Gibran
  • Those we love remain with us for love itself lives on, and cherished memories never fade because a loved one’s gone. Those we love can never be more than a thought apart, far as long as there is memory, they’ll live on in the heart. 
- Mary Alice Ramish
  • We are such stuff Dreams are made on; And our little life is rounded with a sleep.
–The Tempest, Shakespeare
  • Peace, peace, he is not dead, he doth not sleep. He hath awakened from the dream of life. 
- Percy Bysshe Shelly

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Burial at Sea

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Burial at Sea

According to the Cremation Association of North America, by 2018, the US cremation rate is projected to reach 50.6%. And as the green movement continues, more and more families and individuals are looking out to the sea as their final resting place.

Burial at sea is offered by a number of companies across the nation, as well as the military. Burial at sea may include burial in a casket, burial sewn in sailcloth, burial in an urn or scattering of cremated remains.

Depending on the deceased, the bereaved will have to choose a company that will perform the burial or memorial at sea. Also, there are certain military restrictions that will need to be taken into consideration if a veteran or active duty person is to be buried at sea. Currently, the Environmental Protection Agency’s ocean and coastal unit, oversees burials in American waters based on geographical regions. And, based on where you conduct the burial, different paperwork is required, so be sure to do the proper research and submit your paperwork.

Some Options Available To You and Your Loved Ones
As you explore this option, here’s a few services that you can expect to find:

Captain’s Service
If the family can’t join for the ash scattering ceremony, you can generally hire a captain with proper licenses to conduct the ash scattering ceremony for you. The remains can be transported to the burial at sea firm, and the firm handles all of the proper documentation as well. The cost starts from $150 depending on the region.

Memorial Services by Family
For families who wish to plan for their personal memorial voyage, these companies provide all necessary things (the vessel, the crew, the ship) to have a proper burial at sea. One has to select the desired time, arrangements, and place and can invite a specified number of guests to attend (depends on the captain, ship and pricing). These companies will also help one to plan for this special ceremony on every detailed aspect. Lunch, dinners and transportation can also be arranged for the invitees.

Has your loved one received a burial at sea? Leave us a comment and share your story.

Find a Final Resting Vessel That ‘Speaks’ To You


By Irina Jordan, Founder and Owner of Artisurn – online marketplace of handcrafted cremation urns, jewelry and keepsakes.

Final resting vessels have personalities, just like people. Cremation urns can be serious, playful, elegant, exuberant and much more. Your choices are not limited to urns. You can have the ashes fused with glass to create unique glass jewelry and keepsakes. You can pour a tiny amount of ashes into an urn pendant or brooch and keep it close. Pick memorial pieces that ‘speak’ to you and you and your family will treasure them forever as family heirlooms.

The urns can be made from a variety of materials: biodegradable paper and clay, bronze, copper, glass, clay (ceramic and Raku) and wood (including segmented urns).

Cremation urns are measured in cubic inches. The general rule of thumb is for every pound of the person’s total weight you will need one cubic inch of space. So if a person weighed 150 pounds, you will need an urn that is 150 cubic inches or larger.

Based on their capacity, urns can be divided into the following categories:

Companion Cremation Urns can accommodate the cremated remains of two people, such as a husband and wife. They range in size from 300 to 500 cubic inches.

Individual Size Cremation Urns hold the ashes of one person. The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) created an industry standard of 200 cubic inches, which equals about 6.8 pints. Individual urns vary from 110 to 300 cubic inches.

Sharing Cremation Urns are smaller, and are intended for sharing ashes among several different family members. Sharing urns come in a variety of sizes: small (up to 30 cubic inches), medium (up to 50 cubic inches), large (up to 70 cubic inches) and extra-large (up to 100 cubic inches). This urn can be used as a child’s urn.

Pet Urns comes in a variety of sizes: small (up to 30 cubic inches), medium (up to 50 cubic inches), large (up to 70 cubic inches), extra-large (up to 100 cubic inches) and special size (over 100 cubic inches).

Keepsake Cremation Urns hold only a small portion of cremation ashes. A keepsake urns’ capacity varies from 3 cubic inches to 50 cubic inches. When an individual sized urn is used to place the ashes in their final location, keepsake urns are often used to keep a portion of the ashes close to home or given out for scattering. This urn can be used as an infant size urn.

Cremation Jewelry Urns are the smallest size of urns. These urns are really just specially designed jewelry that have an inner chamber to hold a tiny portion of cremation ashes. They are a great alternative to traditional cremation urns. Ashes can also be incorporated into cremation jewelry by fusing it with glass.

The urn you pick will tell stories for generations to come about your loved one or beloved pet whose ashes are inside.

Funeral Planning: Terms You Should Know

Description: There are a number of glossary terms that are associated with funeral services which are important to have an understanding of, should the need for the services of the funeral services homes in the US arise. The following is a list of some of the most commonly used glossary terms when planning for funeral services.

An administrator is one appointed by the court to take care of the estate of the deceased who hadn’t written a will.

An arrangement room refers to the room in the funeral home where bereaved family meets with the staff to make plans for the funeral services.

The attorney in fact refers simply to the person who is given power of attorney (the ability to make financial decisions for the deceased or incapacitated).

A beneficiary is one who receives the proceeds from the deceased’s will and/or insurance policy.

A gift of property designated in a will is called a bequest.

Bereaved refers to the members of the deceased’s immediate family.

Burial permits are documents required by certain states before being allowed to bury or cremate the deceased’s remains.

A casket is a large container designed to carry the deceased’s body or remains.

The cemetery is the burial ground used to conduct final funeral rites or services.

Cremation means burning human remains using highly intense heat, while a crematory is the building which has a furnace set aside for cremation purposes.

Death certificate refers to a legally binding document issued and signed by either medical professional or coroner allowed by the law to perform such a task.

A display room is where you can view the products in the funeral home such as caskets and urns among others.

Disposition simply refers to any methods in which the body remains will be disposed of finally.

Embalming refers to the use of chemicals to preserve human remains on a temporary basis.

Eulogy refers to speaking publicly about the praiseworthy deeds of the deceased during the funeral.

A funeral director refers to one who professionally prepares the body of the deceased for burial, in addition to supervision of burials and maintaining funeral homes for future use.

Funeral insurance is a policy designed to cover all funeral expenses and costs.

Funeral home is also referred to as a mortuary and is where the deceased’s body is preserved while awaiting burial.

A funeral service can by any ceremony, religious or not, in which the bereaved say their goodbye’s to the deceased before they are put to rest.

Green Burial is a newer term, it refers to a burial processes without the use of chemical preservatives. The body is buried in a simple container that is better for the earth.

Morgues are places where the dead are kept as they wait to be properly identified by their next of kin.

A niche refers to the inner chamber where urns are placed.

In cemeteries you get charged opening and closing fees which refer to the costs incurred in having the grave dug and refilled.

Pallbearers are family or close friends of the deceased who carry the casket.

Probate refers to the process in a court where the will’s validity has to be proven.

Remains, of human, refer to the deceased’s body.

A trust, usually in the form of a fund, is managed by one person for the beneficiary of the trust (usually a younger family member)

Urns refer to special containers designed to hold the remains of humans who have been cremated.

Usually held at a funeral home, a visitation is when a body is put on display where friends and family can visit the body and pay their respects.

Wake is an exercise carried out by the family or friends of the deceased of watching over his/her body before burial.

A will is a legal document where the deceased has stated their wishes for the dispersal of their assets, what to do with the remains, and other matters.

Funeral Etiquette

When you are thinking of attending a funeral, it is often a good idea to keep the tips below in mind to ensure that you are as respectful as possible to the bereaved.

Keep time
Always make sure to arrive early, more than a few minutes before the service starts. Most of the delayed funeral services out there are normally attributed to the attendants coming late. By making sure that you are on time, you can ensure that the service starts in a timely fashion and it shows your respect.

Sign the registry in an appropriate manner
Always sign the document with your first and last name, and also include your relationship to the deceased.

Avoid seeking out the family before the service
When you find that the family members are greeting other people during the service, try and keep your interaction with them minimal, so that you can give them time to greet all the guests in attendance.

Be respectful
Avoid things such as eating during the service. Keep your phone on silent mode, and quietly exit the service if you think you are going to be overly emotional to avoid disrupting the service. If asked to say something, try keeping it brief and respectful. Also, avoid taking photos as much as possible; this can be misconstrued as a violation of privacy in a funeral situation.

Be respectful towards urns
If an urn is displayed at a service, do not touch the urn as it could be considered disrespectful to the deceased or the family.

Avoid going to the service with children if you think they are going to be a distraction, such as if they are fussy. If the children have to attend the service, they should be told what to expect so as to be able to behave appropriately. Families with small children should consider sitting near the back in case they need to leave the service without disrupting.

Show respect to the bereaved by wearing the appropriate clothes (subdued colors and non-provocative clothing). In some situations different attire may be appropriate for a funeral. If the deceased or the family have made special requests then different clothing (bright colors or specific clothing) is acceptable.

When part of a funeral procession, follow the instructions of the funeral director

When going to a graveside service, you should keep the following tips in mind:

  • Don’t park on the grass
  • Remove your hat during the service
  • Avoid walking directly on graves
  • Don’t engage in photography unless expressly permitted

Be discreet when offering any kind of help to the deceased’s family
When you arrive at a wake or funeral, it’s often recommended that you go to offer your sympathy to the family before joining others in attendance.

Flowers for Funerals: The Best Way to Show Sympathy

Death isn’t something that is new to all of us. In fact, we hear people dying every now and then. But very few of us know the best way to extend our sympathy to the family of the departed. We go to funeral and we don’t know how to react around family members and we’re clueless on what to say to somehow help ease their pain.

This is where flowers are extremely useful. When you wish to send your condolences or share your sympathy, sending flowers is one very popular option. It’s a very meaningful gesture and people from across the globe appreciate it. But did you know that different type of flowers express different messages?

Below are the common flowers given during funeral and the type of message they send.

Lillies- If there’s one flower that is deeply associated with funeral services, it would be lily. This flower represents the restored soul of the person who died and is a symbol of innocence. White lilies symbolize purity and majesty while white stargazer lilies express deep sympathy.

Carnations– Do you ever wonder why carnations are common fixtures to most funerals? This is because carnations, depending on their colors, represent innocence, pure love, remembrance, and admiration.

Chrysanthemums- This type of flower is very famous in Japan, Korea, and some European countries. They represent grief and lamentation. However, in United States, Chrysanthemums are often associated with truth.

Roses- Just like carnations, Roses are common fixtures on funeral because they’re one of the most recognizable flowers. Flower arrangements usually contain roses with different colors as they symbolize different meanings. A white rose symbolizes youthfulness, humility, reverence, and innocence. Red rose on the other hand, convey courage, love, and respect. Pink rose symbolizes gentility, grace, and love.

When going to a funeral, its important that you’re very sensitive to the people you’ll see, especially the family of the departed. Take time to research the type of flowers that you’re going to give them and make sure that it sends the right message.

Green Burials

The awareness towards the various ecological hazards caused by the burial and cremation process has concerned many people. Thus green burials came about, to create a burial that is environmentally conscious. Choosing a coffin made from easily biodegradable material like cardboard, or even choosing any park or forest to be buried instead of a burial are some of the decisions which eco-friendly persons take while pre-planning their funerals.

Green burial as the name suggests, makes sure that the burial site stays free of any element that harms the environment.

The process of green burial helps our bodies to reunite with mother earth. All living creature are born, survived, deceased and again returned to the earth. The microbial process of the earth’s soil breaks them down creating no waste and everything gets recycled.

The green burial site does not use any pesticides or herbicides allowing the natural process of degeneration to go by its own pace. It provides a natural space for every loved one, be it you, your family, your pets. It encourages growing of trees and plants and invites birds and other local wild animals.

Green burial is nowadays used instead of traditional burial methods of cremation. Comparing burial with cremation, green burial is always preferred as it is an eco-friendly selection.

By any law none of the non eco-friendly process like embalming or expensive caskets is required for green burial. Only the conventional cremation parks require them. The process of green burial is very simple, close to nature and is very cheap.

These days more and more countries are encouraging green burial and providing open spaces for burial. This process is slowly becoming a cremation option.

Pre-planning an own green burial reduces the difficult task of arranging a costly and tedious funeral ceremony by the family members.

Memorial & Prayer Cards Serve As Lasting Tributes

Prayer cards are the perfect keepsake a memorial tribute to a departed loved one. They can be distributed to the attendees during wakes, memorial services, church services, funeral services.  Cards can also be inserted into thank you/acknowledgement notes after the funeral and sent to those family and friends that were unable to attend the funeral service. Funeral or memorial prayer cards are a special keepsake because of its convenient sizing, everyone can keep them in a purse or wallet, or tucked away in your Bible.

These mementos are available in standard pre-printed designs to accommodate various religions in the traditional fashion of having a sacred/spiritual image on one side and on the reverse side, your loved one’s name, dates of birth and death and an appropriate prayer or poem.

There also non-sectarian and alternatively fully customizable memorial cards in celebration of a life well lived to include your own sentiment, a favorite poem or eulogy and have the option of a color photo of your loved one. The funeral or memorial service details, the obituary and final resting place may also be used to further render the card a memorial keepsake.

Sometimes the funeral home is able to provide these prayer cards. You may also discover that the church in which the funeral service is being held will provide the memorial card.  There are many excellent businesses that specialize in prayer card customization and printing.  They offer ease of selection in the design, the layout, the type of paper, lamination, and speedy printing and delivery service.

Features of Caskets

There are many important factors to consider when choosing the best casket for a loved one who has passed away. Caskets can be used either to bury the body, or the cremated remains, of the deceased’s body. In the U.S., caskets are designed under a wide range of styles. The prices set for caskets as well as the materials used to make them vary widely.

There are six main types of caskets available for use by the public. These types include laminate, solid wood, steel, cloth covered, veneered wood as well as solidified copper or bronze. Materials used in making these types of caskets are plywood, mahogany or oak, steel, pressed plywood and fiberboard as well as copper or bronze respectively.

Some of the main features of the casket includes the presence of either full or half couches. This simply means that the casket lid is designed either as two pieces or one piece. Caskets also typically have inner linings on their lids, some caskets are even made to be waterproof.

High end caskets may be fitted with commemorative panels in addition to specialized hardware. Some may have internal lifts that enable the tilting of the casket during viewings so guests can view the deceased’s body easier.

Many caskets include extra external features as well as interior elements, some help aid in the handling & moving of the casket as well as with ornamental purposes. For good preservation a rubber gasket is included in caskets for the purpose of allowing as little air as possible to penetrate in. This makes the casket last longer while also preserving the body from decomposing.

On average, caskets cost between $2,000-5,000 though it is still possible to acquire them for as little as $700 and as much as $20,000. If you choose to buy these caskets from others, such as a third party, you need to budget for an extra $300-600 for the cost of delivery. Of course, as with most things, prices continue to vary based on market pressures.

Close to 70% of all the caskets found in the U.S. are made by Aurora, Batesville and York. Caskets from China are also sold in the U.S. and currently make up roughly 5% of the market. There are also caskets imported from other countries and sold in the U.S. which at the moment make up around 2% of the total market of caskets in this nation.

When buying caskets from the aforementioned manufacturers, or others not listed here, you should always ask for a complete catalog of all their offers and products. The choice of a casket is a personal decision based on the preferences of the deceased or their family and their finances.

A Military Funeral – Honoring the US Miltary’s Men and Women

A military funeral for a enlisted or retired military person can be quite impressive and almost always heart wrenching at the same time filling the hearts of all in attendance with overwhelming pride. It is a beautiful, graceful and respectful acknowledgment of the deceased one’s service to America. Be it Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, every branch of the United States of America armed forces has a funeral protocol that can be included with the religious ceremony of choice. The protocols vary with each branch of the armed service but it is usually performed at the very end and may include but is not limited to pall bearers at the grave site, color guards, presenting a folded American Flag to the survivor. An honoring 21 gun salute (7 soldiers firing 3 times each), ringing of the bell, the playing of TAPS (bugler or bag pipes) and the lowering of the casket.

To help you with determining the elaborateness of each of the armed services procedures and protocols for military funerals, We have provided links for each specific branch:

US Army Drill and Ceremonies FM 3-21.5

Navy Military Funerals

US Marine Corps Drill and Ceremonies

United States Air Force Honor Guard

USCG Ceremonial Honor Guard

Arrangements to have a military ceremony included with a funeral must be made in advance. There are papers to fill out to request the service and an eligibility vetting. It is highly recommended to give as much advance notice as possible to the Honor Guard.

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