Saturday, September 24, 2022

When Families Say “We’ll Have a Service Later” — How You Can Be the...

You don’t need me to tell you that COVID-19 has forced hundreds of thousands of American families to postpone services for a loved one who died during the pandemic.

AFMAO Mortuary Specialists Honor America’s Fallen Heroes

America's fallen heroes are taken into the care of Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations, known as AFMAO, at Dover Air Force Base.

Modern Ideas for Aftercare

When my brother-in-law passed away two years ago, so many people wanted to help us, but we didn’t know where to start or what we needed. Our funeral director proved to be invaluable because he gave us ideas about what to ask for during the process.

Bracing for the End: How Death Doulas Make All the Difference

A relatively new option for the dying and their family members, death doulas provide non-medical emotional support and assist in navigating the end-of-life process. They advocate for the wishes and final preferences of a dying person while serving as a calming presence for loved ones.

Can a Video Game Help Those Who Are Grieving?

Certain games have even become a medium for players to engage with painful emotions, as some have plot points related to grief and loss that are incorporated throughout.

‘Tell Me How to Grieve’: Thoughts on Leaning on Ceremony After a Death During...

Without a funeral, what are the hundreds of thousands of families who have lost or will lose a loved one during the pandemic, regardless of cause of death, supposed to do?

Depictions of Death: What the Funeral Profession Can Learn from Death in Pop Culture

The deathcare profession can learn some helpful lessons by looking at depictions of death in pop culture, understanding how collective expressions of grief can be helpful to the bereaved that we serve, and how the general public is exposed to our profession.

Exploring the Natural Complications of the ‘WHYs’ of Funerals During the Coronavirus Pandemic

By Leader Contributor Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. I often say that when words are inadequate, have a ceremony. However,...

What Are Death Doulas?

With millennials becoming more involved in funeral planning and shaping the current trends for end-of-life care, there has been an influx of new services, along with a different approach to the idea of death.

Letter from the Editor: Reflections on Losing a Loved One to COVID-19

My family became members of a club that we never wanted to be part of — those mourning the loss of a loved one who died from COVID-19. She became one of the thousands of people who were taken from this earth too soon.