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Dying is NOT cheap.


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Dying is not an easy matter. It’s not a cheap situation either. But how much does it cost to die?

There are a lot of factors that affects the price of a burial or funeral.

It may be because there are no other funeral homes around the area. This affects the price in the way that bereaved customers have no other choice. Funeral service rates then go higher.

The family of the deceased also needs to take care of the casket, wake location, embalming, funeral procession, tombstone and many more.

Each of these costs differently. Cremation and a traditional funeral also differs in price. Other than that, the family of the deceased needs to prepare a cemetery plot or a place to bury their beloved.

In America, Washington is one of the cheapest cities when it comes to both cremation memorial and traditional funeral services.

So how much is it exactly? It will be $5,500 – $7,600 to have traditional funeral depending on the state. Around $1,500 – $5,000 for a direct cremation.

Expensive right? I recommend you start looking and investing on funeral plans.That will be a wise choice for the future.

For more information, visit Naugle Funeral Home and Cremation Services


My best friend and angel, Mandy

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I met Amanda when I was 4.

Mandy and I were playmates. Who’s Mandy? That’s the nickname I gave Amanda. She calls me Cassie, short for Cassidy.

She lives next door so we see each other every day. We went to the same prep school and no one could separate us. Our mothers went to the same university and they were close. Our families attended gatherings and events together.

We were inseparable.

Then college happened.

We went to the same university but we took different courses. We got busy and we started hanging out with other people. Even so, that did not ruin our friendship. She was there when I needed her and I did the same. She was the sister I never had.

She battled cancer at the age of 20. It was hard to see her suffering every day. She became depressed and she started drifting away from everybody. Until she realized that time was running out. She made every second count.

Her last days were her happiest. She learned that her life was long enough to experience all the great things in life. She was grateful.

I am thankful to God that He gave you as my best friend. I guess He needs you in heaven now Mandy. See you again someday.

Naugle Funeral Home offers funeral and cremation services.

The things we say to a grieving person

We will all come to an end.

At least that’s what they say. People need time to grieve after the death of a family member.

In times like this, a lot of people say “I’m sorry for your loss.”, “My condolences.”, “Your family is in my prayers.” and many more. People try to say the right things to help the person who is grieving.

In return, the grievers will feel thankful for the care and concern.

It is indeed helpful to receive comfort in these hard times. But have you ever thought of a response to all of these words of sympathy? How do you respond to these phrases? Do you need to say “Thank you” or just smile and stay silent?

No one is expecting for you to say anything but as someone who received kind words from another person, we feel obliged to answer back. Saying “Thank you” is always appropriate. But if you feel like thank you is not enough, you can always be specific.

You can thank them for a lot of things. You can say thank you for their concern, for coming to the wake, for their kind words or for simply being there with you.

The most important thing in a time like this is not what they say or how you respond.

Showing that you appreciate their presence and time is enough for them. Any response you make will be acceptable.

These words of sympathy doesn’t necessarily mean “Let me help you move on.” or “Let me help you get over this moment.”. They are simply trying to tell you that you are not alone even if someone you love is no longer here.

These words of sympathy were created to show the grievers that one has left but a lot of good things remain.

For more on funeral etiquette, visit Naugle Funeral Home and Cremation Services

Beauty and the Dead

Beauty is a major factor in our daily lives.

We use different products to keep our skin from aging too fast. We eat healthy foods to maintain a good physical body.

We use tons of make-up to enhance one’s beauty. If you think this only applies to the living, think twice. The same thing goes for the dead.


Before a funeral, a deceased body is embalmed and prepared to make the corpse look a little less lifeless.

The aim is to make the deceased look presentable for the viewing during an open-casket funeral.

Makeup is not really a part of the embalming process but funeral homes will offer the service to the families of the deceased.

Karen Stewart used to be a professional make-up artist before she became a mortuary makeup artist.

Her family owns a small funeral business and there was a time when their resident mortician wasn’t available.

She filled in for a couple of days and ended up taking an offer from her father to work full time.

Embalmers usually take care of preparing the bodies for the open-casket funeral. But there are some embalmers who doesn’t know a thing about make-up.

These are mostly men who have been in the industry for a long time. They hire a make-up artist to do this.

For Karen’s case, it wasn’t a big deal since her family owns the funeral homes. The remaining family usually provides a picture of the deceased when they were still alive.

The mortuary make-up artist then attempts to make the corpse look as alive as they were before.

But their goal is not to have those eyebrows on fleek or get that jaw line contoured, they aim to make the dead look presentable for the people in the viewing.

For some people, this is very important. Specially if they know that the deceased used to keep his/her public image spotless.

If you think it’s as easy as applying colored powder to someone alive and well, you are absolutely wrong.

The skin’s color and texture of a dead body changes after the embalming process.

This factor makes it hard for morticians to apply make-up. But with experience and time, morticians are practiced and they find their own technique. Who says make-up is only for the living?

The dead needs to be beautiful too.

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