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Five Reasons Burial is Still Popular
There is no question that cremation is on the rise throughout the U.S. However, burial still remains the preferred choice for many individuals and families. Here are just a few reasons people choose burial as their final disposition option:
1. RELIGIOUS BELIEFS: According to some religious teachings, if the body is destroyed by fire, it cannot be resurrected later and reunited with the soul and spirit. In biblical times, it was considered a dishonor to not be buried properly; and those who were burned were typically being punished.
2. A PLACE TO VISIT: Some individuals think it’s extremely important to have a permanent final resting place. This way, relatives can visit the gravesite not only in the months and years following a loved one’s death, but for generations to come. Unless cremated remains are interred in a perpetual care cemetery, there is no permanent marker.
3. HONORING A VETERAN: Families of veterans often choose at traditional burial in a national cemetery to honor their loved one’s service.
4. FAMILY TRADITION: Some individuals want to be buried alongside other loved ones—whether that may be in a family mausoleum or a special cemetery plot.
5. PERSONAL FEARS: Many people say they would never choose cremation for one simple reason: They don’t like the idea of their body being burned.
While there are probably many other reasons why people opt for burial, one thing is certain: Like cremation, burial is an extremely personal choice. Before you settle on burial or cremation, it’s important to do your research, explore your options and discuss your decision with your loved ones.
Helping you make the service personal is one of the many ways we serve families!
At our funeral home, we’ve never performed two services that were exactly alike. Then again, we’ve never met two people who were exactly alike either. Though our role as funeral directors is to make sure every service is memorable, our commitment to you is to ensure that the one we perform for your family is unique and special. You may be wondering how we do this. Many of the families we serve choose to make advance arrangements, which means we already have specific requests on file. When there are no prearrangements, we take the time to get to know the person who has passed on by spending time with family members and friends. Once we understand who the person was, we can make recommendations and suggestions for adding a personal touch to the service. When you make arrangements with us, rest assured you need not worry about unusual requests. In fact, we welcome your input and are happy to help you work out all the details. In most cases, there is no additional charge for personalization, and if there happens to be, you’ll find the fees to be minimal. If you have questions regarding the funeral or ways to personalize the service, please call us and ask to speak with one of our directors. Place your trust in us and you’re guaranteed a service to remember.
Auld Lang Syne
At the stroke of midnight each New Year’s Eve, mirthful crowds across the nation burst into a familiar song:
“Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.
And surely you’ll buy your pint cup and surely I’ll buy mine!
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne.”
Yet even as we sing along with this popular tune, many of us have no idea what the lyrics mean. As it turns out, “Auld Lang Syne” was written by Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1788. The words “auld lang syne” mean “times gone by,” and the ditty is all about remembering friends from the past. Believe it or not, “Auld Lang Syne,” is not technically a New Year’s song. As the story goes, Guy Lombardo’s band played the tune as a transition between two radio programs during a 1929 New Year’s Eve performance at New York’s Roosevelt Hotel—just after the clock struck midnight. Although it was merely a coincidence, a tradition was born. Since that fateful night, “Auld Lang Syne” has signified the dawning of a new year.
New Year’s Resolution: Save Money!
It’s no surprise that so many people make financially-related New Year’s resolutions. After all, they’ve probably spent the last couple of months going on holiday shopping sprees and paying a pretty penny to travel cross-country to visit friends and family. Consequently, as the New Year approaches, many folks are discovering that their bank accounts are running on empty. If you find yourself in this position, take heart. There’s one surefire way to get back in the black after the holidays: create a budget!
Here are a few good reasons to create and stick to a budget in 2014:
#1: It helps you keep your eye on the prize. A budget allows you to figure out your long-term goals and work towards them instead of heedlessly spending money on whatever catches your eye. A budget forces you to map out your goals, save your money, keep track of your progress and make your long-term dreams a reality.
#2: It ensures you don’t spend money you don’t have. Thanks to credit cards, far too many consumers are spending beyond their means. As a matter of fact, the average U.S. household credit card debt stands at a whopping $15,112. However, if you create and stick to a budget, you’ll never find yourself drowning in debt. You’ll always know exactly how much money you earn, how much you can afford to spend and how much you need to save.
#3: It leads to a happy retirement. As important as it is to spend your money wisely today, it’s also critical to save for your future. A budget can help you do just that. If you set aside a portion of your earnings each month to donate to your IRA, 401(k) and other retirement funds, you’ll build up a nice, healthy nest egg.
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