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Can You Bury Your Pet With You After You Die? It's Possible

Q. My elderly uncle, who is ailing, wants to be buried with his dog in his cemetery plot. Is this common with pet owners — and is it possible? I thought that animals had to go to pet cemeteries.Usually, animals are indeed consigned to pet cemeteries, where their owners have long been permitted to be buried with them in…See More
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Can You Bury Your Pet With You After You Die? It's Possible

Q. My elderly uncle, who is ailing, wants to be buried with his dog in his cemetery plot. Is this common with pet owners — and is it possible? I thought that animals had to go to pet cemeteries.Usually, animals are indeed consigned to pet cemeteries, where their owners have long been permitted to be buried with them in…See More
Nov 17
T.C. Goodwin commented on Florence Isaacs's blog post Options When the Deceased Didn't Want a Funeral
"I think its loving to respect their wish of not having a funeral. I have gone to memorial services remembering  the deceased. They were cremated.. They displayed pictures of the deceased and read about their life...Our bodies may be gone with…"
Oct 30
Florence Isaacs's blog post was featured

Options When the Deceased Didn't Want a Funeral

Q. My late friend and colleague wished to be cremated and did not want a funeral. He had no close family. I (and others in my professional organization who will miss him) feel very sad. He had a huge impact on our careers, especially when we were starting out. What can we do that honors his wishes, yet also allows us some closure? And why would someone refuse a funeral?Funerals,…See More
Sep 7
 

Sincere Condolences

By Florence Isaacs

My Deepest Sympathies...Florence Isaacs is a freelance journalist and author of many books, including My Deepest Sympathies...: Meaningful Sentiments for Condolence Notes and Conversations, Plus a Guide to Eulogies.

 

Florence gives tips on writing sincere and thoughtful sympathy notes and answers questions about condolence and eulogy writing, funeral etiquette and more in Sincere Condolences, her original monthly column for LegacyConnect. In her new blog Widow in the World, Florence – a widow herself – offers advice to bereaved spouses and partners.

 

If you have a question for Florence, please email her at fisaacs@florenceisaacs.com.

 

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Can You Bury Your Pet With You After You Die? It's Possible

Posted on November 17, 2016 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

Q. My elderly uncle, who is ailing, wants to be buried with his dog in his cemetery plot. Is this common with pet owners — and is it possible? I thought that animals had to go to pet cemeteries.

Usually, animals are indeed consigned to…

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Options When the Deceased Didn't Want a Funeral

Posted on September 7, 2016 at 11:00am 1 Comment

Q. My late friend and colleague wished to be cremated and did not want a funeral. He had no close family. I (and others in my professional organization who will miss him) feel very sad. He had a huge impact on our careers, especially when we were starting out. What can we do that honors his wishes, yet also allows us some closure? And…

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Music for Funerals and Memorial Services

Posted on August 3, 2016 at 12:00pm 2 Comments

Q. When my time comes, I would like to have music played at my funeral. Is music acceptable at services in all religions? Can you suggest some appropriate choices?

Music has played a role in funerals since ancient times when survivors chanted to appease the spirits. Ancient Roman funeral…

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After a Family Rift, Should You Go to the Funeral or Memorial Service?

Posted on April 18, 2016 at 11:00am 1 Comment

Q. My aunt just died, and I want to attend the funeral. However, I haven’t spoken to my cousin (her son) for several years after a series of arguments. What should I do? I’m afraid he’ll be annoyed to see me there or even challenge me.

Funerals and memorial services are meant to be healing rituals for survivors that bring us together to share the loss of a loved one. But that doesn’t happen if the bereaved are…

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