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Children and Grief

Grief is a human reaction to loss.  Grief can be experienced as the result of the loss of a job, a home, a marriage, a pet, a lost opportunity, a relationship, and the list is endless.  I...
By William Spence
Thursday, December 1, 2022

How included should children be in funerals?

This is a great question that often gets asked.  For the record, I am not a licensed psychologist, counselor, or even a parent.  However, my study and observation have provide me with sev...
By William Spence
Friday, November 18, 2022

The thing about “Closure”

The longer I am a funeral director the greater disdain I have for the word “closure” as it is used in the context of one’s grief. Many well-meaning individuals, and even professionals, often offer ...
By William Spence
Thursday, November 3, 2022

Is embalming required by law?

Embalming is only required by Pennsylvania law under certain circumstances.  If it is the desire of the family to have a public viewing of the deceased, the law requires that the body be embal...
By William Spence
Thursday, September 29, 2022

The Queen's Funeral

Great Britain has demonstrated to the world in a royal manner the importance and power that ceremony and ritual provide to family and community when someone they love dies.  Across time and cu...
By William Spence
Wednesday, September 21, 2022

What happens if I die away from my hometown?

Although it is seldom that death occurs when traveling for business or pleasure, it occasionally happens.  The short answer to the question is, “Call the funeral director of your choice in you...
By William Spence
Thursday, September 8, 2022

Earth Day

The first Earth Day was organized in the United States in 1970 as a movement to recognize the environmentally harmful practices society was placing on the environment.  Since then, Earth Day i...
By William Spence
Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Previous Posts

Considering donating your body?

Anatomical Donation is a recognized and accepted form of human body disposition in the United States. As with all manners of disposition, donating one’s body is a very personal decision. Before mak...

Organ and Tissue Donation verses Anatomical Donation

Anatomical Donation and Gift of Life are each programs to consider when individuals and families are considering end-of-life decisions. Both programs are designed that others benefit from another’s...

Seven Ways to Save Money on Funerals

1.    Compare funeral costs: Start by requesting price lists from several funeral homes, or by checking their websites. The Federal Trade Commission requires that funeral homes ...

Are vaults required in Pennsylvania?

Vaults or other types of outer burial containers are not required by federal or Pennsylvania state law to be placed in the ground prior to a casket being buried. However, most cemeteries in Lancast...

Welcome to Our Blog Page

Thank you for visiting Simple Funeral’s blog page. We’re working on helpful content to assist your family and loved ones with all aspects of funeral planning. Please check back soon for the launch ...

FEMA Funeral Assistance Applications to Open

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that beginning, Monday, April 12, 2021 Funeral Assistance Applications may begin to be submitted via their call center.  Only one a...