Open Casket vs Closed Casket: That is the Question

Funeral ceremony. Scene with a coffin in a church. generative AIMaking decisions about a loved one’s final arrangements can be an emotional and challenging process. One significant decision that families often face is whether to have an open casket or a closed casket during the funeral service. This decision is deeply personal, and there is no one-size-fits-all answer. In this blog post, we explore the considerations surrounding open casket vs. closed casket funerals and touch on alternative options like cremation. Continue reading Open Casket vs Closed Casket: That is the Question

Memorial Gift Ideas

In Loving Memorial GiftFew experiences tax emotions as deeply as the loss of a loved one. When someone you love dies, grief manifests itself in myriad ways, and often at inopportune times. No matter when a loved one passes, the first year of events is often the most difficult…especially during the holidays. To help take the sting out of the first Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza, or New Year’s someone you care about spends alone, consider investing in a memorial gift. There are limitless ways to honor someone’s life. In this week’s blog, we highlight just a few: Continue reading Memorial Gift Ideas

Veteran Memorials

Veteran's Day In the midst of civil unrest, a pandemic, and election discord now is the perfect time to take a breather and focus on something upon which we can all agree. Military members deserve to be honored in life as well as in death. As we celebrate Veteran’s Day 2020, we want to thank everyone who has served. Foothill Funeral & Cremation proudly offers special memorial services for any veteran whose service meets the following parameters: Continue reading Veteran Memorials

Death Masks & Funeral Customs

Death Masks in COVID-19The wearing of masks has become compulsory for everyone who wants to protect themselves from the Coronavirus pandemic (or otherwise go out in public). So, as you mull over which type of facial covering to don, consider this. People have worn death masks for centuries. They protect people from diseases, demons, wartime side effects, and to guard against dental injury while playing sports. What’s more, death masks have long played an important role in many cultures since ancient times. Depending on the culture, masks have served myriad purposes. But in most cases, the masks used were anthropomorphic. Continue reading Death Masks & Funeral Customs

Pandemic Pre-Planning

Pandemic Pre-Planning FuneralPart 2 of a 2-Part Series

This week, we conclude our two-part series about pandemic pre-planning. To read part one, click here. We started the series because we have recently fielded numerous calls from people who are concerned about repercussions of COVID-19 relative to their end-of-life planning. One way to make sure you take care of your family is with pre-planning. The process is simple. Just take time to think about – and record – your end-of-life desires. It’s a thoughtful gesture to those you love, and an easy way to let go of anxieties about the future. Once completed, the plan will help you relax, knowing that your plans rest in the hands of friends and family. Continue reading Pandemic Pre-Planning