Looking Ahead: 7 Reasons to Consider Funeral Pre-Planning

In 2017, the National Funeral Directors Association found that while 62% of people expressed the importance of making their wishes known regarding their funeral, only 21% actually did so. If you fall somewhere in these numbers, you may want to consider the benefits of funeral pre-planning. While it may feel a little bit strange to make your own funeral arrangements, think of it the way you would any other event. How often do we plan large events in a matter of days and under a great deal of stress? Read on for seven reasons why you should treat the final celebration of your life with respect and …

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Writing an Obituary: What to Include and How to Make It Meaningful

Writing an obituary is a way of honoring a loved one that lives on in printed copies and online versions for years. You want it to capture the person’s essence and serve as a meaningful tribute. The first printed death notices started in the British colonies in the 1500s. Death notices and obituaries evolved over the centuries, starting as short notices when printing was time-consuming. In the early 20th century, obituaries were written as poems with rhyming lines. Modern obituaries often tell stories and celebrate the life of the deceased. Obituaries come in all types, lengths, and styles, so you can add a personal touch to what you write. …

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Local Funeral Homes: How to Find The Right One

There are just over 19,000 funeral homes in the United States as of 2019. With so many choices to choose from, it can be a daunting task for survivors to find a funeral home that will meet their needs. What do you need to know before you get started to make the process easier? Read on to learn what to look for in local funeral homes so you can get the service and care you need while you say farewell to a loved one.  Examine Your Needs When you are researching local funeral homes, one of the first things you should do is think carefully about …

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Funeral Arrangements Checklist: Your Guide to Planning a Funeral

The death of a loved one is one of the most difficult things you’ll ever go through. After your loved one is deceased, it’s normal to feel unsure and emotional. For many, a funeral helps them accept their loved one’s death and reflect on their life. However, many families aren’t prepared during funeral planning. Don’t worry, you don’t need to feel overwhelmed. Just follow this funeral arrangements checklist to stay organized. Choose the Type of Service There are many ways to honor the deceased. Here are a few of the most common funeral services and ceremonies. Viewing The viewing is when your loved one is displayed …

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Understanding the Different Types of Funeral Ceremonies (And How to Pick the Right One)

Nothing about life is simple or routine. Every individual creates change throughout their life and touches the lives of others. When life comes to pass, it’s comforting to know that there are many options for commemorating those lives. Picking a funeral ceremony that honors the memory of a departed friend, family member, or loved one can be a bit daunting. The numerous choices let you custom-craft something fitting, but it’s hard to work through all the options when emotions run high. Making a ceremony to fit a specific person doesn’t have to be overwhelming, though. Starting with a simple template based on broad types, you …

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9 Questions You Should Ask Your San Diego Funeral Home

An astonishing 6 out of 10 people feel they know very little when it comes to preparing for death. Although it’s a grim part of life, it’s inevitable. And when it happens, you’ll probably leave behind some loved ones. This can already be a very emotional and trying time. Don’t make your family handle the burden of your funeral on top of grieving. It’s good to have a funeral plan in place, so when the time comes, your loved ones can properly grieve without having to worry about other things. If you’re looking at San Diego funeral homes, here are nine key questions you need to ask them …

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Someone San Diego Should Know: Luisa McCarthy

She brought the tradition of Dia de los Muertos to National City cemetery LAURIE COSKEY: The San Diego Union Tribune She is a mother, a spouse, a friend and a businesswoman. She most enjoys bringing life to a cemetery. Luisa McCarthy says, “When people think of our cemetery, they smile and are filled with their memories, traditions, laughter, and kindness rather than feeling pain or fear or seeing it as the last place you would ever want to visit.” McCarthy believes it’s because 11 years ago she took a risk and introduced the tradition of Dia de los Muertos to the La Vista Memorial …

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Fascinating Funeral Customs from Around the World

There are many ways to lay your loved one to rest. Funeral traditions and death rituals around the world are incredibly fascinating. Some are no longer practiced and some even take place here in the United States. Here at the La Vista Park & Mortuary San Diego, we like to dive into those funeral traditions and learn everything we can. You wouldn’t believe what we’ve uncovered so far… La Vista Park & Mortuary San Diego Presents: Fascinating Funeral Customs Humans have been burying the dead since 60,000 BCE. Since then, superstitions have grown, beginning with the preparation of the body to leading the body to its final resting place. …

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Giving Yourself Permission to Grieve and Time to Heal

Losing someone is never an easy process. It often feels like the end of a chapter that you might not have been ready to close. Sometimes losing a loved one comes out of nowhere which gives you little or no time to seek necessary closure. While this is an extremely difficult experience to go through, we don’t always give ourselves the care and consideration to grieve properly. Oftentimes people would rather bottle up their emotions in an effort to skip over any feelings of grief or sorrow that they might have. However, avoiding the grieving process delays the healing that the grieving process offers. It’s …

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Honoring a Loved One: How to Create an Online Memorial

Honoring the memory of a loved one tests one’s endurance, as doing the best job possible requires channeling fortitude during a time of immense emotional fatigue. A funeral is the traditional and perhaps obvious choice, but it only lasts for one day. An online memorial, however, lasts for as long as you wish, and is an increasingly popular choice among those responsible for arrangements. Since they are a relatively new creation, learning how to create one isn’t common knowledge. If you want to build an online memorial but don’t know how to begin, you’re in luck. We’re going to help you build one that any …

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