Trees Not Tombstones: Remembering Loved Ones Outside
While fewer people are choosing traditional burial in cemeteries, for many, nature provides the perfect setting.
Tying Up ‘Loose Ends’ to Finish Projects Left Behind
In just a matter of months, Loose Ends has blossomed to include more than 8,200 finishers who volunteer to finish work left behind by death or illness.
Daughter Finishes Dad’s Bucket List, Finds Herself
When Laura Carney saw her father’s “bucket list,” she knew almost immediately that she had to complete it. Her journey to do so is now the subject of a forthcoming book.
How to Pay for Long-Term Care
Long-term care can be expensive, sometimes above $9,000 a month. The single largest funding source is Medicaid, which may require spending down assets and income.
Mental Health Advocate Works to Lift Suicide’s Stigma
Learning more about mental health and letting go of the stigma around suicide gave author and media personality Sheila Hamilton the freedom of forgiveness.
The Lessons of Jimmy Carter’s Hospice Decision
Solace Cremation checked in with several leaders in the end-of-life and hospice arena to gather their views on the lessons of Jimmy Carter’s choice.
Letter Programs Find Write Way to Address Loneliness
Oregon’s “Dear Stranger” program is one of a number of letter exchanges fighting loneliness and encouraging connection.
First Valentine’s Day After a Death: 10 Memorial Ideas
Whether it’s the first Valentine’s Day you’ve spent without your spouse or partner, or it’s been years, you can use these ideas to remember a special person who passed away.
Artist Finds Healing, Thread by Thread
Lauren Altman says her grief, like her art, was multi-layered and complex. But as she created bright, modern, colorful collages, she found healing and freedom.
What is a Medical Examiner?
In a small number of cases, a medical examiner or coroner will investigate the death of a loved one before they can be moved to, and cared for, by a funeral home.
Doodles Help Animator Find Joy
When his young wife died unexpectedly, Gary Andrews’ “doodle a day” gained a large following of those who could relate to his experience of grief.
What You Need to Succeed as Executor
For those who do have the time and the documentation, it is truly a gift for the person who requested you serve as an executor.
New 2023 Laws Impact End-of-Life Care
Lawmakers hope these new 2023 laws will improve the lives of those who need help at the end of life and the people who love them.
Solace’s 5 Most Popular 2022 Blogs
From practical advice to quirky hobbies, there was something in our After All blog for everyone in 2022.
Lessons and Legacies From Some We Lost in 2022
As one year ends and another begins, we look back at some of the notable people who we lost in 2022 and the gifts they left behind.
Holidays and Grief: A Survivor’s Guide
There are no right or wrong approaches to grieving during the holidays. Instead, make the choices that feel right for you.
Solace Family Shares Recipes of Love
For many people, the smells and flavors of a favorite family recipe can instantly transport them back to memories shared with loved ones who have passed away.
Have You Prepared for Your Digital Afterlife?
The average internet user has over 190 digital accounts and produces over 850GB of data per year, but is given little information on what to do at life’s end.
Studying the Connections in Carbs, Casseroles and Grief
Food is a story on a plate, says death studies scholar Candi Cann who investigates the many ways food and grief come together across cultures.
Food Writer Finds Recipe for Healing After Tragic Loss
Food writer Lisa Ruland realized she was not alone in her grief and launched “Food + Grief” to find “ways that heal, nurture, and provide strength in numbers.”
How to Write a Veteran’s Obituary
If your loved one’s military service was important to them, you may want to share the details of their experience in an obituary.
5 Myths About Kids and Grief
Our societal taboos about grief and death can make it difficult for kids to find their way through their personal grief journeys.
Solace Looks Forward to Bright Future with Sale
After double-digit growth annually, our start-up will now be an independently managed part of Foundation Partners Group (FPG). The Orlando-based company is acquiring Solace this month.
Sallie Tisdale Witnesses ‘State of Grace’ in Dementia
Sallie Tisdale says the “tragedy discourse” around dementia misses moments of joy and humanity she’s witnessed firsthand in her own work.
How to Help a Pet Who Has Lost ‘Their Person’
After a death, new caregivers can help a pet that’s transitioning into a different routine or household by offering them as much consistency as possible.
How to Clean Out a Loved One’s Possessions
“Cleaning the closets and drawers after someone dies is one of the hardest things to do,” Gabby Jimenez recently wrote about dealing with a loved one’s belongings after they’re gone.
3 Lessons From the Death of the Queen
In the end, the queen “demonstrated the phases of ordinary dying to us all” and showed that “dying is mainly living, after all.”
A Loving Journey Through Dementia
Dementia may have ended her life, but it didn’t define her. She was still my mother, who suffered from a serious disease at the very end of her long, fruitful life.
Millennial Caregiver Looks Back on 6 Years with Mom
When Jacqueline Revere moved back across the country to Los Angeles, she never expected the move to be permanent, but she cared for her mother Lynn Hindmon for six years.
What is Memory Care?
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, here’s no one-size-fits-all formula for choosing the right care for someone who needs additional support.
How to Write a Eulogy
Sometimes formal, sometimes funny, a eulogy serves to share your remembrances with others.
5 People Opening New Innovative Spaces for Grief
Meet five people who are opening new ways and places to grieve in innovative ways in community, in art and in nature.
The Gift of Grace to a Grieving Co-Worker
All these years later, alongside the pain of my son’s death, I remember the profound love I was surrounded by.
What These 7 Funeral Words and Phrases Mean
Knowing what these seven funeral words and phrases mean can help families navigate the process.
What is the Cost of Direct Cremation in Florida?
What do Florida residents pay on average for direct cremation? The regional median price is about the same as the national number of about $2,500.
Consumer Groups Find Few Funeral Homes Post Prices
A new report shows only a small percentage of funeral homes post prices online, making price comparison more difficult for families.
Archivist Finds Joy in Baking Headstone Recipes
Rosie Grant, posting on TikTok as @ghostlyarchive, has been discovering and baking recipes posted on headstones.
Five Final Presidential Resting Places
A visit to these five final presidential resting places is both educational for kids and a nice way to see the country as it reopens for adults.
Remembering Her Father, Urban Farmer Hosts ‘Lost Table’
Stacey Givens’ time with her dad helped inspire the welcoming environment of monthly grief dinners she created after his death.
A Best Friend’s Gift: Living Without Regret
My regrets kept eating at me. Unsurprisingly, the one thing that helped me with this was Jimmy. He didn’t focus on coulda/woulda/shoulda.
That Which Lies Beyond the Sun
I left for college in the Fall of 2017, never mentioning to my new friends that my mom had died. I thought that if I could keep it concealed, my life could continue on.
8 More Things You Can Do With Cremation ‘Ashes’
Here are eight more ideas for people seeking active, creative and nontraditional ways to scatter or display their loved one’s remains.
Writers Share Tips on Crafting a Memorable Obituary
“It’s important for all of us to be remembered not for how we died but for who we were when we were alive,” says author Nora McInerny.
Why Transparent Cremation Prices Are Also the Lowest
Consumer advocacy groups say giving consumers transparent pricing for funeral and cremation costs will save them money.
How Games Give Grieving Kids Space for Mourning
Kids going through grief can use games and other tech tools to connect, find and share information, but with the added bonus of anonymity when desired.
Musician Yoko Sen Reimagines the Sounds of the End
After her own stay in a hospital, Yoko Sen was inspired to start a music studio with a vision to transform the sound environment in hospitals.
Remembering Moms on Mother’s Day
For those who are missing someone, Mother’s Day can come with a complex combination of emotions.
Understanding the Paperwork of Death
When you die, there are a number of forms that will need to be filed. At Solace, we’ve made our authorization process digital, so you can sign from anywhere, anytime.
Health Care Decisions Now Can Help Your Family Later
When loved ones make health care decisions in advance, 90 percent of them receive what they outlined. The problem is, too many avoid the conversations and paperwork.
Have a Minute? We Can Help You Plan
Have you heard of the “minute rule”? Creator, Gretchen Rubin tells Solace, “With the one-minute rule, you don’t have to decide what to do — you just do it.”
‘Wild Grief’ Set Free
The nonprofit Wild Grief describes its work as “merging peer support with the healing power of nature” and offers a variety of programs for all ages.
Surfer’s Tribute Gives Lost Loved Ones a ‘Last Wave’
Dan Fischer created “One Last Wave” after an overwhelming response to his plan to write the names of lost loved ones on his surfboard.
Choosing a Greener Death as Your ‘Last, Best Act’
Climate, community and cost were the factors that author Environmental Studies professor Mallory McDuff weighed as the navigated green funeral options.
Using Carbon Offsets to Make Cremation ‘Greener’
We’ve teamed with Carbonfund.org Foundation to help us make each of our direct cremations carbon neutral at no extra cost to our families.
Embalming and 4 Other Funeral Extras to Skip
With direct cremation, no embalming is necessary. Knowing about your choices can help reduce your environmental footprint and your cost.
Palliative Expert Betty Ferrell on Pandemic’s Lessons
Palliative care expert, Dr. Betty Ferrell, talked to Solace about how the pandemic made death different for health care workers.
The Hidden Cost of Low ‘Starter’ Cremation Prices
Low-cost cremation advertising doesn’t always mention add-on fees. Solace’s inclusive price includes all of our cremation services from pickup to delivery.
7 Tips for Valentine’s Day After Loss
If you are on your own, whether by choice or not, here are seven suggestions to help you navigate Valentine’s Day.
The Future of the End: Palliative Docs on What’s Ahead
To help us understand what may be ahead, we turned to some of our favorite palliative care doctors to get their views about the future of end-of-life care.
What is Probate?
Because it can be complex, we turned to estate settlement experts, our friends at ClearEstate to learn more about what probate is, how it works and how to simplify it.
Could Artificial Intelligence Let You ‘Talk’ to the Dead?
Several tech companies are working with artificial intelligence (AI) to help simulate conversation with a loved one through chatbots and avatars.
How Grief Sparked SF Man’s Quest to Confront Mortality
Moved by the deaths of his mother and mother-in-law, Ned Buskirk began to bring people together to collectively grieve, connect and find more “aliveness.”
The 5 Most Read Solace Blogs of 2021
These five blogs have a common thread, conversations that have helped us to navigate the end-of-life experience.
‘At the End, We Found Joy’
The first days with hospice were busy with nurses, assessments, instructions, notes, questions. Then everyone was gone. It was just us. Ironically, that’s when we started living.
What is Direct Cremation?
Direct cremation means the body of your loved one is cremated in the days immediately following the death, without a funeral service beforehand.
Hospice Volunteers Bring Heart and Gratitude to Service
Sebastian Santos says his family and friends were surprised when he began volunteering in hospice, thinking that the experience would be morbid or depressing, but he’s found the opposite.
Football Fans Show Devotion with Stadium Scatterings
Though usually not allowed, stadium and field scatterings by family members of devoted college and professional football fans persist.
Designing with Families at the Center
Our founders knew there was a better way, one that was easier on families. We’re inspired by the families we serve and continue to remember that they are the reason we’re here.
What is a Death Certificate?
A death certificate is a legal document that creates a demographic snapshot of your loved one when they leave this world. Death certificates include statistics and medical information pertaining to your loved one, including whether they were cremated or buried.
Moving Moments that Honor Vets in a Military Funeral
Military rituals hold deep symbolism and history. We explore some of the common elements of a military funeral here.
Our Heartfelt Thanks to Hospice
Hospice care touches not just the patient, but their families and partners, giving them final moments with guidance from a calm, caring touch that they will always remember.
Hospice Helped Us Live ‘The Only Day that Mattered’
The safety net hospice created meant we were free to open our home to anyone and everyone Jimmy wanted to see during the final days of his life.
How Ofrendas Honor the Dead on Dia de los Muertos
Ofrendas are an essential part of the Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos. The altars are set up to honor and remember the memory of a relative who has died.
Working to Bring More Equity to the End
Nicole McCann-Davis is working to foster equity, diversity and inclusion for staff and patients at the large hospice company, Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care/AccentCare.
‘Skategeezer’ Explores Death and Dying in New Book
Author and publisher Michael Brooke’s love of skateboarding inspired him to write a book about death and dying, a field where he now works.
Is Direct Cremation Right for You?
At Solace, we want you to make the choice that fits your family, values and budget. If your choice includes direct cremation, we’re here to help you 24/7.
Is There Room on the Hospice Team for End-of-Life Doulas?
Gabby Jimenez recently made the case for adding end-of-life doulas to the hospice team, a role that in her view “could tie everything together.”
5 Sensory Breaks for Busy Hospice and Hospital Workers
Lynnea E. Lindsey is the Director of Behavioral Health Services for Legacy Health. She offers these tips for coping during these difficult times.
Barbara Karnes’ Self-Care Rituals for End-of-Life Workers
Barbara Karnes talks with Solace about the challenges facing health care and hospice workers today and offers strategies for coping.
The Empty Seat on the Bus: Mourning a Lost Future Life
When a child dies, you mourn the loss of their future life. It wasn’t until the first fall that I thought about the desk Jimmy wouldn’t be there to fill.
Bridging Isolation at the End of Life
Researchers say social isolation is more lethal than excessive drinking, smoking 15 cigarettes a day or obesity and can lead to death, dementia and heart disease.
Scattered Cinema: Films Where ‘Ashes’ Take Center Stage
Here are 10 movies where cremated remains are a key part of the story. We salute the filmmakers for bringing this increasingly common ritual to the screen.
‘Last Words’ Project Aims to Create Community Around Death
Crystal Meneses hopes to open conversations about death and build community to take the fear out of the conversation.
Devoted Volunteers Power San Diego Death Cafe
San Diego Death Cafe hosts Frank and “Mits” come from opposite coasts, but share a mutual love of classical music and of normalizing death and dying.
The 25 Documents You Need Before You Die
Even though end-of-life planning is the greatest gift you can give to your family, it can be overwhelming to know how and where to start.
Hospice Nurse Takes to TikTok to Talk Openly About Death
A Southern California hospice nurse is sharing facts about death and dying on social media — and tens of thousands of people are listening.
Ahead of the Curve: American Cremation Early Adopters
Cremation’s early adopters of what was then considered a “radical, tradition-bucking practice” in America were also involved in social justice issues of the time.
A Cemetery Road Trip to Pay Tribute to Modern American Heroes
These monuments and cemetery sites around the country honor a few of our favorite prominent activists and leaders.
Fireworks Elusive But Popular Idea for Cremation Ashes
Despite the interest in memorial fireworks, there are few places that actually can send cremated remains or “ashes” in a fireworks display.
Which National Parks Allow ‘Ash’ Scattering?
If you’re considering scattering “ashes” (cremated remains) at a national park, we’ve done some legwork for you, researching a few favorites.
Never Enough Time: Remembering a Dad and Son
Although I will forever be grateful that he lived long enough to know Jimmy and Molly, our 42 years together will never be enough time.
Doctor Explores the Dreams of Hospice Patients
“I didn’t choose this topic of dying, I feel it has chosen or followed me throughout my life,” says Christopher Kerr about the dreams of dying patients.
Study: What Motivates Millennials to Plan?
A recent study of 20,000 millennials who created an estate plan found the group was motivated by parenthood and the pandemic.
End-of-Life Planning Tips for the LGBQT+ Community
LGBQT+ concerns may make planning for end-of-life especially important to those with different choices than their legal next of kin might make for them.
Rituals of Gratitude Mark True Meaning of Memorial Day
Memorial Day honors military personnel who died in service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of their wounds.
Speaking Grief: Documentary Aims to Open Conversation
The “Speaking Grief” multi-platform project is aimed at elevating a national conversation around grief by creating the space for the journey to recovery.
Remembering the Father Who Inspired Our Business
The man the kids and grandkids called “Pops” was not someone who would have wanted us to go through “upselling” with a salesman.
How Hospice Friends Joined to Create a Game About Death
“The Death Deck” was created by two friends, combining Lori’s personal journey and Lisa’s experience working in hospice care and emergency medicine.
More Space Burial Companies Sending Ashes Far, Far Away
Have you always wanted to travel to space? Well, though not possible for most of us in life, it is becoming a more popular destination for a final frontier.
A Mother’s Gift of Truth to Her Dying Son
I did the hardest thing I’ve ever done and told my only son and oldest child he was dying. I will never regret being present for every minute of those final months and weeks.
View from Beyond a Cliff: A Trauma Expert’s Journey
“After that moment on the cliff that I shared in my TedTalk, I changed how I viewed myself and my work,” Laura van Dernoot Lipsky shared with Solace.
Solace Working to Make Death Greener
Solace Cremation is proud to invest in carbon offsets to mitigate our environmental impact. We work to reduce our carbon footprint at no cost to our families.
6 Questions to Ask Your Loved One About After-Life Planning
It’s not easy to talk to loved ones about making an after-life plan. Here are 6 questions to kick off your conversation.
Cremated Remains in the Closet? Time for Spring Scattering
Beyond giving you more closet space, there’s a deeper benefit to finding a better, more permanent place for cremated remains. Scattering “ashes” can bring closure and more.
FEMA to Help Pay Funeral Costs for COVID-Related Deaths
Families who lost a loved one due to COVID-19 after Jan. 20, 2020, may qualify for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Happy Second Anniversary, Solace Cremation
After spending our second year in business in the lockdown caused by a pandemic, it quickly became clear our services were more important than ever.
Solace Explores Stories of Loss in Advertising Campaign
Solace leaders have shared stories of their lost parents in a new advertising series of short, animated videos and audio stories.
How a Snowball Inspired a Life Devoted to Better Death
Palliative care thought leader BJ Miller shares this story of a “stolen moment” with a snowball, smuggled into a burn unit by his nurse after a life-changing accident.
A Soundtrack for Mourning: Music’s Power in Grief
If you are choosing music for a loved one’s memorial or funeral, whether online or a small, safe, outdoor gathering, you’ll want to consider these four tips.
How a Vigil Plan Can Help Shape Your Final Days
A Vigil Plan is a blueprint created by an individual that outlines what kind of emotional and physical support they’d like to receive in their final days.
How To Transfer or Portion Cremated Remains
Here’s how to transfer cremated remains (“ashes”) to a display urn or take a portion for scattering or use in another small keepsake item or jewelry.
Alica Forneret on Grief, Racism and the Dead Moms Club
Author and consultant Alica Forneret recently shared more of her personal story and experience with Solace.
A Phone in the Forest Helps Grieving Talk with Loved Ones
A disconnected phone in an Olympia forest is connecting loved ones, even those who are no longer with us.
Experts: How to Create a Meaningful Virtual Memorial
During the pandemic, “Zoom funerals” and other online memorials have become the norm. And many experts think they’ll be around to stay even after we “return to normal” to help those who can’t travel or attend in-person events. But because it can be tricky to create a...
There’s a Lot to Talk About, After All
“After All,” our newsletter and blog feature stories and ideas to inspire, educate and inform our readers about end-of-life and after-life issues.
How ‘The Pause’ Became a Resounding Call to Honor Life
Since 2009, the practice of “The Pause” has spread to hospitals across the United States and on at least six continents around the world.
Cultivating Resilience with Hope on the Horizon
Some professional caregivers mistakenly think self-care is “selfish.” Yet in reality, it is essential.
Mothers’ Stories of Love and Loss from End Well
End Well featured two especially powerful sessions with mothers, Maya Scott, a social worker in palliative care from Seattle Children’s Hospital, and Laura Sobiech.
What’s Worth Keeping from 2020 to Bring into 2021
There are moments and lessons we might want to bring into the new year, especially as we think ahead to end-of-life care for our loved ones and ourselves.
5 People Changing the Death Business in L.A.
Here are just a few folks who like Solace are working to try to change the funeral industry. Meet five innovators in death and end-of-life care.
Lessons Learned From Those We Lost in 2020
Here are six beloved public figures who left a particular mark on us, but who live on in our hearts and minds with their art, deeds, wisdom and words.
Where to Scatter ‘Ashes’ on the West Coast
Though there are no health hazards associated with cremation “ashes” (officially cremated remains), there are a few things you should know before you plan your scattering. There are many popular options for scattering, as our colleagues at Better Place Forests have...
Startup Life in the Death Business
From the first day I met David Odusanya and Keith Crawford in a bustling coffeeshop, I knew working for a cremation startup was different. These guys were not the stodgy stereotype you might imagine with cold clammy hands and ill-fitting suits. They were young,...
Creative Rituals for Mourning at Home
Whether you cut flowers and put them on the table, light candles or sing, rituals around mourning and grief give us time to pause in moments of reflection.
A Doctor’s Quest to Change the End-of-Life Experience
Shoshana Ungerleider, M.D., is a physician, founder, speaker, producer and writer. She founded the End Well foundation in 2017.
The Power of Gratitude in Life & Death
It may seem counterintuitive, but research shows that loss can actually make us more grateful as we come to appreciate the preciousness of life.
Debunking an Urban Legend: Walt Disney Isn’t Frozen
Despite urban legends to the contrary, Disney was not frozen. He was cremated and his ashes were interred at Forest Lawn in Glendale, California.
Vet’s Benefits Help Families Honor Their Service
Veterans and their families may not be aware of the benefits available to them to honor their service to our country after they pass away.
10 Final Wishes Fulfilled in Hospice
Hospice workers are often the planners, witnesses or facilitators of their clients’ last wishes.
Dia de los Muertos Goes Virtual
Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican holiday honoring the dead, has been growing in popularity in the United States, especially in the West over the past few decades.
Cremation Costs Lowest on the West Coast
The cost of cremation on the West Coast is significantly lower than other areas of the country, according to data from the National Funeral Directors Association.
9 Ways To Shop Smart for Direct Cremation
Not only is it your legal right to shop around for low-cost cremation options, but it is also a gift in service to your family.
Why Celebrity Deaths Affect Us
The celebrities you admired have left a legacy behind that’s meaningful and can help you frame what’s important to you.
Ask Malisa: An Honest Look at Cremated Remains
Most people know and use the term “ashes” when talking about cremated remains, but in fact the remains are bone fragments, processed into the consistency of ashes.
Study: Memorial Diamonds Can Help Grief Process
A study commissioned by Eterneva recently published by Baylor University concluded having a memorial “anchor” item like a memorial diamond can help with grief.
How Solace is Keeping Families Safe Through the COVID Crisis
At Solace, we are committed to the safety of our employees and communities and doing all we can to mitigate the risks of the COVID-19 virus.
California Leads in Transparency, But Loopholes Remain
California is the only state to require funeral homes to post prices online. It became the first and only state to do so in 2013. But loopholes remain.
Disruption by Design
You may wonder how designers got into the funeral business, but it is really quite simple. We were motivated to create Solace by Design Thinking.
Why Funding is Elusive for Black Founders
Of the estimated $136.5 billion in venture funding that went to tech startups in 2019, only 1 percent went to companies with Black founders, according to one study.
Help Us Reinvent the Funeral Business
As a startup, we’ve been nimble and looked to new ideas and out-of-the-box solutions. Our fundraising has been no different.
Lessons from ‘The Big Lebowski’
We can’t get enough of a beloved scene in the cult classic movie, “The Big Lebowski.” The film reveals one of the many lessons about the funeral business.
What You Need to Know About Death Certificates
A death certificate is an official legal record of a person’s death used by families to collect funds and close accounts with banks and other institutions.
Surfers ‘Paddle Out’ in Ritual of Mourning, Support
Surfers have been holding “Paddle Outs” to show unity with the Black Lives Matter movement and promote more diversity and inclusion.
Fireworks Offer Unique Send Off for Cremation Ashes
Cremation fireworks are hard to find in the U.S. but are popular in the U.K. The memorial fireworks use cremation ashes for a colorful goodbye.
Working Toward Equality in Life & Death
Racism doesn’t wait for a good time for an ugly intrusion. It is with us in life and follows us toward death.
Death Care Disruptors Share Common Goal
These tech-enabled death care companies share a desire to make things easier for families, revolutionizing an industry long overdue for a makeover.
Reviews Shed Light on Family Stories
Our positive reviews show us that our idea that there was a “better way” was right and each review tells the story of a family we have helped through a difficult time.
Landscape Shifting in Funeral Home Industry
It is a difficult time for many, but at the same time, a spark accelerating the changes that were long overdue in the funeral industry.
Remembering Mom in the ‘New Normal’
Those who have lost their moms may need room to grieve this Mother’s Day, while others will have to get creative.
Behind the Scenes at Solace HQ
Transparency is one of our core values at Solace, so it is important to us that families understand how our company works.
Navigating the ‘New Normal’
Solace was created to disrupt an industry ready for a revolution. We are gratified to be able to see our concept in action, helping hundreds of families.
Digital Companies Step Up in Crisis
Solace is proud to be among those businesses providing digital solutions, but today we’d like to highlight a few of our colleagues.
How COVID-19 is Reminding Us to Plan
Surveys show that though most of us agree it is important to discuss our end-of-life choices, only about a third of us really do it.
Every Solace Cremation is Carbon Neutral
Cremation does require the use of a significant amount of electric power, so Solace Cremation invests in carbon offsets to help mitigate that impact.
Happy Birthday, Solace
This year has been so rewarding for Solace. We’ve taken what was an idea and made it a reality, and that is the greatest gift we could ever receive.
Understanding ‘Direct Cremation’
Direct cremation is a great option for those families who need a timely and affordable option and choose to meet later to memorialize their loved one.
We’re Here, We’re Open & Caring For Families
At Solace Cremation, we feel fortunate to have created a business that can operate completely digitally, safely and remotely, and keep those we serve safe, too.
Creative Ways to Connect During the COVID Crisis
Amid the COVID crisis, there are positive stories of families and communities doing what they can to keep up morale.
Your COVID-19 Questions Answered
The COVID-19 crisis has brought about so many questions as we all try to stay well and keep others safe. Here are a few answers to common questions.
Death in the Time of COVID-19
Finding a way to honor your loved one, whether online, at a future date or outside from a distance, we hope you are able to find support from your friends and family.
How Design Thinking Motivated Us
As designers, we were inspired to reimagine the death care space after having mediocre experiences with the deaths of family members.
5 Facts About Hospice Care
There are still many misconceptions that linger about just what hospice is and who could benefit from it.
What is a ‘Death Doula’?
End-of-life doulas use education, coaching and role-modeling to bring a sense of empowerment to one’s final months, weeks and days.
Your ‘Loved & Lost’ Letters
As we shared in our last blog, the act of writing can be healing and sharing those letters can help others.
Letters to Loved & Lost
After losing a loved one, the act of writing can be a way to cope with mourning and grief. We hope the good memories will bring you comfort.
Study: More People Dying at Home
For the first time since the early 20th century, more people are dying at home than in hospitals. And about half of those who die at home receive hospice help.
How to Write an Obituary
Working on an obituary may give you a chance to share stories and memories with family members. You might even share a few laughs.
When is it Time for Hospice Care?
Hospice care is used when treatment can no longer cure or control a disease. Many don’t realize they can leave to pursue active treatment at any time.
What We Learned At End Well 19
Less than a year after we launched Solace, we headed south to one of the largest end-of-life symposiums in the country, End Well 19.
Resolve to Make an After-Life Plan in 2020
Creating an after-life plan will take the weight off family members in the future and give you peace of mind right now.
Words of Comfort for the Grieving
When someone is grieving, it can be difficult to know what to say. But experts have advice to keep you from either rambling on or saying nothing.
8 Things You Can Do With Cremation Ashes
From space travel to tattoos, there are dozens of choices for those who are seeking alternative options for their loved one’s cremated remains.
10 Rituals That Can Get You Through the Holidays
There are small rituals that can help you remember your loved one and give yourself a meaningful, active way to grieve alone or with family and friends.
Talk Death Over Turkey
As you gather friends and family around the table, why not make room for an often uninvited guest — death.
Why We Founded Solace
With nearly 40 years combined experience working with a powerful brand, our mission is to make things easier for consumers with Solace Cremation.
Benefits Help Families of Vets Celebrate Their Service
Veteran’s burial benefits can help defray the cost of arrangements as well as give special meaning to their service, even if they served in the military long ago.
Pacific Northwest Embracing Dia de los Muertos
Whether Dia de los Muertos is a part of your cultural traditions or something you’ve just discovered, its rituals are an opportunity to honor loved ones who have passed away.
Understanding the Difference Between Palliative and Hospice Care
Like palliative care, hospice offers comfort to the patient and support to the family. But in hospice, the patient is no longer receiving treatment aimed at a cure of a terminal illness.
Who is the Next of Kin?
The next of kin is a deceased person’s closest living relative over the age of 18. A surviving spouse or domestic partner is the first to be defined as next of kin, followed by the deceased’s children. The next of kin has the legal ability to authorize cremation or burial.
Is Cremation More Affordable than Burial?
The most affordable method of disposition is direct cremation, which takes place in the days following the death without a traditional funeral service beforehand.
How to Thank Your Hospice Care Provider
Hospice workers offer exemplary care to patients and their families by lessening the burden on families and putting the patient first. Here’s how to show them some appreciation for their hard work and the compassion that they provide.
What Does Solace’s Direct Cremation Service Include?
Solace’s direct cremation service and price is different from other funeral homes because it includes everything someone would want or need from a direct cremation service for one all-inclusive price.
How Different Religions View Cremation
While cremation is widely accepted, there are some religions that prohibit the practice and prefer burial or traditional funeral services. Others see cremation services as acceptable but have specific guidelines to be followed.
What Should I Know About Social Security Benefits?
We often receive questions about Social Security benefits – whether families are eligible to receive benefits or how to return benefits that were received. Solace always notifies social security when someone has passed away.
6 Things to Know About Hospice Care
Patients of all ages with terminal illnesses can all benefit from hospice care at the end of life. A referral can be made if a patient has six months or less in life expectancy.
How to Hold a Home Viewing Before Cremation or Burial
In Oregon, home funerals and home viewings before burial or cremation services are both legal and safe. The number of people embracing Do-It-Yourself funerals is growing. Home funerals can save money and also create bonding opportunities for people and their loved ones.
How to Help a Grieving Friend
When a friend is grieving, it’s hard to know the right things to say or do. Sometimes you may not want to talk about it at all with them to avoid saying the wrong thing. Even small acts in empathy, comfort and support go a long way in helping someone who is grieving.
What is a Celebration of Life?
Celebrations of life can incorporate religious or cultural customs or family traditions. Celebrations may involve music and performance, readings and the sharing of memories. They can take place anywhere – a special restaurant, a park or place or worship.
How to Talk to Your Parents About Death
Having a conversation when your parents are still in good health and in control of their decisions can be an empowering and therapeutic experience.
6 Things To Do When My Loved One Dies
It helps to be prepared and have a plan of action to take when the time comes. Here are some important things to do when a loved one dies.