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Here are some helpful articles on topics such as common misconceptions about funerals, historic customs and terminology, as well as tips for creating meaningful funerals and eulogies .

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Finding Obituaries

Today's obituaries are more than simple funeral announcements and a list of the names of family members. Modern obituaries include treasured memories, funny stories and important details that showcase the joys and moments of a life lived.

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Bereavement Counseling

Resthaven Memorial Gardens is pleased to offer a special addition to the services we provide for our property owners: personal or group counseling at no charge to you. A professional counselor, Jill B. Cody, M.A., N.C.C., is experienced in bereavement counseling, to meet the needs of families, widows and widowers coping with the grieving process... even if that loss occurred some time ago.

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Veterans Resources & Benefits

The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs Service and Benefits Program provides assistance to the men and women who served in the Uniformed Services of the United States, their dependents, and survivors in obtaining benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, State of Maryland and other programs for veterans and their families.

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Military Honors

The basic Military Funeral Honors (MFH) ceremony consists of the folding and presentation of the United States flag to the veterans' family and the playing of Taps. The ceremony is performed by a funeral honors detail consisting of at least two members of the Armed Forces.

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Social Security Administration

Some of the deceased's family members may be able to receive Social Security benefits if the deceased person worked long enough under Social Security to quality for benefits. You should get in touch with Social Security as soon as you can to make sure the family receives all of the benefits to which it may be entitled.

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Proper Funeral Attire... What to Wear?

When deciding what to wear to a funeral it is always best to go conservative. While it’s true that you don’t have to wear black, you should dress in a way that shows respect.

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Office of Cemetery Oversight

The Office of Cemetery Oversight was established in August 1997 to promote high standards of performance in the death care industry; enhance healthy economic competition; promote consumer confidence in burial goods, products, and services; and provides structure and oversight to pre-planning arrangements, as well as protect Maryland citizens from any unfair or unscrupulous practices.

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Visiting from Outside the Area

Plan your visit to the Frederick, Maryland with the official online visitor guide! Find unique things to do, restaurants, places to stay and events.

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Cultural/Traditions and Norms

Types Of Funeral Services and Ceremonies. Common Elements of the Roman Catholic Funeral Rite. The Roman Catholic Church is the largest Christian religion, with 55 million members in the United States.

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Helpful Hints to Writing a Meaningful Eulogy

Someone you love has died. You may be feeling numb, sad, angry and helpless. Despite these natural and necessary grief feelings, you are now planning a funeral that will be meaningful to your family.

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10 Freedoms For Creating Meaningful Funerals

Meaningful funerals do not just happen. They are thought-out rituals that, at least for a day or two, demand your focus and your time. But the planning may feel less burdensome if you keep in mind that the energy you expend now to create a personalized, inclusive ceremony will help you, your family and other mourners embark on healthy, healing grief journeys.

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Funeral Misconceptions

Many people today don’t understand why we have funerals. And what we don’t understand, we tend to be skeptical of, even fearful of.

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Funeral Directors Defined

Funeral practices and rites vary greatly among various cultures and religions. Among the many diverse groups in the United States, funeral practices usually share some common elements, arranged by funeral directors.

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