Blog: Life Matters

What is Grief?

“Grief is reaching out for someone who’s always been there, only to find when you need them the most, one last time, they’re gone.” The death of a loved one is life’s most painful event. People’s reactions to death remain one of society’s least understood and most off-limits topics for discussion. Oftentimes, grievers are left…...

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Estate Administration

Estate administration is the set of tasks to wrap up a decedent’s affairs and transfer assets. Particulars vary with the size and complexity of the estate, as well as the quality of the decedent’s estate plans. The usual steps include collecting assets and clearing title, determining liabilities, paying debts, distributing assets, and accounting to beneficiaries.…...

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Helping a Friend Cope with Loss

When a friend loses a loved one, it is often difficult to know what to do. We compiled some helpful ideas. Showing concern for your friend and being there with a helping hand will mean the world to your friend. Before the Funeral 1. Offer to notify his/her family and…...

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Facebook Memorial and Account Deletion

When a loved one passes, trying to take care of his or her online accounts can be difficult. However, you have several options regarding your loved one’s Facebook page. If you are an immediate family member, you can request that the account be removed permanently or you can change it…...

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Cancel Services After Death of Loved One

After the funeral service, mourning families are still faced with some very practical responsibilities. There are a number of legal and financial matters that must be handled. Depending upon how much estate planning your loved one did, handling this can be a challenge. For example, it is necessary to inform…...

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Veterans Burial Benefits

We are often asked about Veteran Burial Benefits. At Distinctive Life, it is an honor and a privilege for us to serve America’s heroes by providing a full range of service options for veterans and active duty military, as well as first responders. Distinctive Life’s extensive expertise providing funeral services…...

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Scattering Ashes: 5 Unique Ideas

Scattering ashes of a loved one after cremation often brings comfort. Returning your loved one’s remains to a favorite tropical vacation spot or quiet mountain stream brings a special kind of closure to this difficult time in your life. Envisioning the return of a beloved family member to a place that once…...

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Avoid These Sympathy Card Mistakes

A sympathy card after the loss of a loved one can either help someone navigate the grieving process or it can hinder the grieving process. Take time and care to compose your card carefully, and avoid the following common sympathy card mistakes. Avoid These Sympathy Card Mistakes Writing Nothing: While…...

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Holidays After the Death of a Loved One

For many who have lost a loved one, getting through the grieving process is tremendous task. Coming to terms with loss isn’t something that happens right away for anyone. Even long after your loved one has passed, it can still be difficult dealing with holidays, birthdays, or anniversaries. These annual reminders…...

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