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Episode #117 – How to Express Condolences when Someone Dies

February 18th, 2017

When someone dies, do you find yourself at a loss for words? Are you unsure how to express condolences without sounding awkward or feeling inadequate? Knowing basic decorum for sending condolences before the need arises can help prevent emotional discomfort.

Episode #116 – Blended Families and Funerals – Coming Together to Honor Wishes

February 8th, 2017

Are you aware of the challenges facing blended families? Can you imagine how a death in the family might intensify these challenges? Even the most amicable families, blended or not, can be prone to strife when grieving the loss of a loved one. This episode is dedicated to blended families and funerals, where we explore some of the issues and offer suggestions from years of experience.

Episode #115 – The Fentanyl Crisis in Vancouver, B.C.

February 1st, 2017

Have you heard about the fentanyl crisis in Vancouver, B.C.? Are you aware of how this drug affects the community? In December, 2016, within a 24-hour period, nine residents of Vancouver died from fentanyl overdose. Although the government continues pouring funds into public health emergency responses, people continue to die from overdose. Are you aware of how this may affect the funeral home and its staff?

Episode #114 – Having a Dignified Funeral with Limited Finances: There Are Low Cost Funeral Options

January 27th, 2017

Have you ever looked at the cost of having a funeral service? Are you at a loss for how to memorialize someone with dignity on your limited budget or thinking you need to explore low cost funeral options? Not having enough funds to cover the cost of a funeral for a loved one lost is a real concern in today’s economy.

Episode #113 – Ideas For Making a Funeral Service Unique

January 18th, 2017

Don’t loved ones lost deserve to be memorialized in a unique way? Would you know where to begin when planning a special funeral or memorial service with ideas for making a funeral service unique? Today’s funeral service might contain unique or traditional elements, or a mixture of both styles.

Episode #112 – Funeral Home Careers: Questions about Working in the Funeral Profession

December 15th, 2016

Do you wonder what it’s like to work in a funeral chapel? Do you know what education is necessary to work as a funeral director? The funeral procession offers jobs that require skills, education, and experience just like working in any other industry.

Episode #111 – The Duties of the Executor of an Estate

November 30th, 2016

If you want to know more about what happens to assets after a person dies, then listen to this episode of Forever in their Hearts, where host Erik Reynolds talks with Valerie Martell, Director of Operations for Martin Brothers Funeral Services about the duties of an executor of an estate.

Episode #110 – Talking with Aging Parents about Death

November 18th, 2016

If you want to know more about talking with aging parents about death, then listen to this episode of Forever in their Hearts, where host Erik Reynolds talks with Valerie Martell, Director of Operations for Martin Brothers Funeral Services about her experiences with the topic.

Episode #109 – How to Comfort a Grieving Teenager

November 13th, 2016

Have you ever noticed that teenagers are complex creatures? Can you imagine how grief may intensify their already turbulent emotions? Because death often comes as a shock to the loved ones left behind, helping a teenager through this tumultuous time can be a daunting challenge. This episode focused on how to comfort a grieving teenager.

Episode #108 – Questions to Ask When Arranging a Funeral

October 28th, 2016

Have you ever had to plan a funeral? Would you know where to turn to find authentic answers? You may have many questions to ask when arranging a funeral but not know who to ask. The funeral director is often the person to best answer these questions.

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