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FLORAL MEANINGS

Published: January 18, 2021

For many people, flowers are just beautiful plants, but for those in the know, they can have very specific meanings tied to them. Therefore, it might be helpful to be aware of which flowers are suitable for funerals before sending them. White lilies represent hope and the beauty of the soul. White carnations signify purity while pink ones are symbols of remembrance. You may not think of roses as funeral flowers, but their variety of color and meaning are more widely known than most flowers.  They are probably best reserved for the funerals of close loved ones. It isn’t necessary to limit tributes to flowers. Many potted plants, including hydrangeas and peace lilies, can provide lasting comfort to the bereaved.

In most cases, funeral flowers are selected by family members or close family friends. Those who were especially close to the deceased are often responsible for selecting these types of flowers because they understand the deceased’s taste and what types of flowers they would want to have included. At JAMES H. DELANEY & SON FUNERAL HOME, we have been helping families plan their final arrangements for a long time. To learn more about our funeral services, please call 668-1960. Our funeral home has been faithfully serving our community for more than 50 years.

Quote: “Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out values all the utilities in the world.”

MEMORIALIZING CREMAINS

Published: January 11, 2021

Cremation is becoming a popular choice for many people, but for those holding back on the idea, one oft-mentioned issue is the lack of a physical memorial, like a headstone, once the remains have been scattered. Fortunately, there are a multitude of options for memorials that can be visited and acknowledged by all who knew and loved the deceased. Park benches with memorial plaques are an excellent choice, especially if the ashes can be scattered nearby. Many cemeteries are now offering “scattering gardens” so that visitors will always have a place to sit and remember. In some cases,  a biodegradable urn can be purchased to be buried at the roots of a tree or with a sapling. 

There are many advantages to taking some time to remember the life lived, share stories and laugh about all of the memories. Our team can help you plan a fitting memorial service with or without the cremation urn present, at our facility or in a place of your choosing. Please call JAMES H. DELANEY & SON FUNERAL HOME at 668-1960 or tour our facility at 48 Common Street, where we have been serving our community for more than 50 years.

Quote: “The living owe it to those who no longer can speak to tell their story for them.”

 Czesław Miłosz

DECLUTTER THE END OF YOUR LIFE

Published: January 4, 2021

The Swedish call it “dostadning.” Roughly translated it means “death cleaning,” and it may be advantageous to consider. People tend to accumulate a lot of stuff over the course of their lives and when they pass, family members might spend hours, days, or longer sorting through it and distributing it. Gifting items you can easily live without can make your final years neater and more enjoyable. Seeing the pleasure others feel when you pass along something meaningful or even just practical can be life-affirming. And donating items to charity can even offer excellent tax deductions to accompany that feeling. Finally, clearing up some space is a good idea if you are expecting to eventually do in-home hospice care. 

People should start thinking about death cleaning as soon as they’re old enough to start thinking about their own mortality. The death cleaning method is similar to that of the tidying-up expert Marie Kondo: Keep what you love and get rid of what you don’t. Whether you want to plan ahead or have had a recent death in your family, the professionals at JAMES H. DELANEY & SON FUNERAL HOME can help. Please call 668-1960 or tour our facility at 48 Common Street, where we have been serving our community for more than 50 years.

Quote: “If you can remember me, I will be with you always.”

Isabel Allende, Eva Luna

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