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Why You May Not Want to Pre-Pay for Your Funeral

Why You May Not Want to Pre-Pay for Your Funeral

Insurance companies and funeral homes often tout the benefits of the pre-paid funeral plans they sell. The idea is that you will save your family money and anguish when the time comes. The nation’s largest funeral providers made $226 million in pre-need sales last...

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Remembering Mom in the ‘New Normal’

Remembering Mom in the ‘New Normal’

There is no getting around it, Mother’s Day is different this year. Brunches in crowded restaurants are out, online playlists are in. Hugs are out, Zoom or Google Hangout video calls are in. Public health experts say staying away is the greatest gift you can give your...

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Behind the Scenes at Solace HQ

Behind the Scenes at Solace HQ

We created Solace Cremation to be different. And like everything that’s new or different, sometimes folks have questions. In today’s blog, Jeremy Frank, COO of Solace, answers frequently asked questions about Solace’s price, plans and processes. Transparency is one of...

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Navigating the ‘New Normal’

Navigating the ‘New Normal’

We’ve all been adjusting to changes brought by COVID-19. If you don’t know what day it is and your pajamas are the latest in “business casual,” you are not alone. The “new normal” is changing the way we live and how we die. Our lives may never be the same, experts...

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Digital Companies Step Up in Crisis

Digital Companies Step Up in Crisis

As families cope with challenging restrictions during the COVID-19 crisis, a number of digital end-of-life and death care companies are stepping up and collaborating to serve them. Solace is proud to be among those businesses providing digital solutions, but today...

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How COVID-19 is Reminding Us to Plan

How COVID-19 is Reminding Us to Plan

Around the globe, Covid-19 is reminding us all of our own mortality. The virus has brought both this stark reminder and the gift of a lot of free time to check things off our collective “to-do” lists. Surveys show that though most of us agree it is important to...

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Every Solace Cremation is Carbon Neutral

Every Solace Cremation is Carbon Neutral

As we approach the 50th anniversary of Earth Day — the day that marked the beginning of the environmental movement, we thought it would be a good time to talk about Solace’s commitment to the environment. Last year, Solace Cremation partnered with 3 Degrees to offset...

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Happy Birthday, Solace

Happy Birthday, Solace

Admittedly, this is a strange time to have a birthday. People are getting creative with Zoom, leaving cakes on porches and holding drive-by birthday parties. As one nurse practitioner told the New York Times, “celebrations are really, truly just about love.” Love is...

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Understanding ‘Direct Cremation’

Understanding ‘Direct Cremation’

Direct cremation is an option that many families may consider because it is quick, affordable and there is no funeral needed — so gatherings can be held at a later time when family members can come together, or loved ones can grieve together online. So just what is a...

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Your COVID-19 Questions Answered

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. Like many businesses, the death care industry is adjusting to the changes COVID-19 has brought. We know you have questions and asked our Funeral Director, Malisa...

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Death in the Time of COVID-19

Death in the Time of COVID-19

Guidance about gatherings in the wake of COVID-19 have been changing rapidly, but guidelines recommending that Americans avoid groups of over 10 people have touched every aspect of life, from schools to restaurants and bars, weddings and even funerals. Religious...

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How Design Thinking Motivated Us

How Design Thinking Motivated Us

As designers, we were inspired to reimagine the deathcare space after having mediocre experiences with the deaths of our father and mother, respectively. We knew there was a better way. We used Design Thinking to blaze a path. So what is design thinking? Here’s a...

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5 Facts About Hospice Care

5 Facts About Hospice Care

Just what is hospice care? Though the number of people receiving care in hospice has been on the rise (1.49 Medicare million patients received hospice care in 2017), there are still many misconceptions that linger about just what it is and who could benefit from it....

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Why Price Transparency Matters

Why Price Transparency Matters

As a report by two nonprofit, consumer advocacy groups makes clear, giving consumers transparent pricing for funeral and cremation costs will save them money. Funeral Consumers Alliance and the Consumer Federation of America looked into prices in California where...

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What is a ‘Death Doula’?

What is a ‘Death Doula’?

You may have heard the term “death doula” in recent years and intuitively understood that it was a growing profession of dedicated people who wanted to help the dying and their families with their end-of-life care. When women began to use birth doulas and midwives,...

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Your ‘Loved & Lost’ Letters

Your ‘Loved & Lost’ Letters

This month, we’ve been inviting you to share letters to people in your life who have passed away.  As we shared in our last blog, the act of writing can be healing and sharing those letters can help others. If you’d like to share your letters with us, you can email us...

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Letters to Loved & Lost

Letters to Loved & Lost

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it is the time of year to think about the people we love, even — or perhaps especially — the people who have passed away. If you’d like to join us in celebrating that love, there is more information on how to participate at the...

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Study: More People Dying at Home

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 from home health aides, hospice and palliative care workers and nurses. Death doulas are also increasingly...

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How to Write an Obituary

How to Write an Obituary

Writing your own obituary is a great way to help shape your personal life story after you die. There is no right or wrong way to do it, and there are many alternatives to publishing it when the time comes. A recent article in the Seattle Times explained how the act of...

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When is it Time for Hospice Care?

When is it Time for Hospice Care?

There comes a point when families and patients must decide whether it is time to enter hospice care. There are a number of factors to consider, including whether treatment is no longer effective. It is a difficult decision, but experts agree that choosing to enter...

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What We Learned At End Well 19

What We Learned At End Well 19

Just about eight short months after we launched our start-up, we headed south to San Francisco to one of the largest end-of-life symposiums in the country, End Well 19. We knew we would learn a lot about this rapidly-changing field, but we were blown away by the...

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Words of Comfort for the Grieving

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, both of which could leave you feeling both awkward and guilty. The New York Time’s Crowdwise column has excellent advice...

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8 Things You Can Do With Cremation Ashes

8 Things You Can Do With Cremation Ashes

As more people choose cremation for their loved ones (nearly 90 percent of Northwest residents are expected to opt for cremation by 2030), new markets are popping up with creative options for their “ashes.” A side note: cremated remains, sometimes called “cremains,”...

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10 Rituals That Can Get You Through the Holidays

10 Rituals That Can Get You Through the Holidays

After losing a loved one during the year, facing the holidays can be tough. But there are small rituals that can help you remember them and give yourself a meaningful, active way to grieve alone or with family and friends. These 10 ideas are just a small fraction of...

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Talk Death Over Turkey

Talk Death Over Turkey

As you pull your turkey out of the oven and gather friends and family around the table, why not make room for an often uninvited guest — death. According to “Death over Dinner” founder, Michael Hebb, dinner is the perfect opportunity to discuss a topic that’s been...

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Why We Founded Solace

Why We Founded Solace

By now, you’ve probably heard our story. Two “Nike guys” leave the sneaker giant in 2017 and launch our own creative agency, CO-Lab. Then about a year ago, we start exploring a new business idea. We discover that people want an alternative to the traditional funeral...

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Who is the Next of Kin?

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.

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How to Thank Your Hospice Care Provider

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.

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How Different Religions View Cremation

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.

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6 Things to Know About Hospice Care

6 Things to Know About Hospice Care

If your loved one has a late-stage illness, including Alzheimers and Dementia, they may be asked about beginning hospice care. Hospice care provides a holistic level of care that includes medical, emotional, spiritual and grief support for both a patient and their families.

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How to Help a Grieving Friend

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.

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What is a Celebration of Life?

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.

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How to Talk to Your Parents About Death

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. When we talk to our parents about after-life plans, we can honor their wishes after they pass.

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What is Direct Cremation?

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. Read to learn more about the cremation process.

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What is a Death Certificate?

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.

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