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4 Easy Meal Train Recipes + Printable Condolence Cards

Meal delivery might be the first thing that might come to mind after hearing the news of a loved one’s sickness or loss. Whether it’s a food train, helping with the reception, or an individual effort to contribute, food is a deeply meaningful and integral part of the community’s effort to aid those in distress. “What we really want to …

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Has COVID Changed our Grief Rituals?

“In the end, your death doesn’t belong to you, it belongs to anyone who has ever cared for, loved or shared life with you.” – Karl Jennings Healthy grief and healthy funeral rituals go hand in hand. Remembering the person who died, accepting the reality of death, and receiving love and support from others are all part of a healthy …

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Storke Funeral Services During COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions

Update 6/15/20: Some of the information in this article has changed since the release of Virginia’s COVID social distancing guidelines continue to change. For the most up to date information on the Coronavirus guidelines, please visit Virginia.gov. Even during difficult times, you and your family have options to suit your needs. Whether it is postponing a large service, or making …

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How to Deal with the Very Raw Grief of Losing a Pet

There’s no denying the fact that many of us who are pet owners develop a very strong bond with our faithful pet friends. And when their lives come to an end, it can be a devastating experience. When speaking of the loss of a beloved pet, it’s easy to minimize the grief. Sometimes, people feel that their sadness isn’t justified. …

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5 Tips for Writing a Sympathy Message

When writing a sympathy message and expressing condolences, it can be difficult to figure out exactly what to say. After all, you want to make sure that the wording is just right and that your feelings are properly expressed.  If you are looking to write your own sympathy message but don’t know where to begin, here are five tips on …

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Creative Ways to Use Cremains to Honor Your Loved One

If you or a loved one has chosen cremation, you may be considering creative ways to honor them using the “cremains” or cremated remains. The possibilities are nearly endless, so take some time to consider your loved one’s unique personality, and how they might like to be celebrated after they are gone. If you are planning for yourself, be sure …

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6 Alternatives to Funeral Flowers

While funeral flowers may seem like the standard gift after the loss of a loved one, there are more unique and personal options available as well. Flowers are always a beautiful choice, but here are six alternatives for when you want to do something more. 1. Donate to your loved one’s favorite charity. Make a donation in your loved one’s …