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Social Distancing and Virtual Funerals

Virtual funerals at funeral homes in Warrensville Heights, OH is a product of the current COVID-19 pandemic that has most of America under stay at home orders, unable to attend gatherings with more than 10 people present, and practicing social distancing by keeping at least six feet of distance between us.

COVID-19 has disrupted the funeral traditions and rituals that are designed to help provide us with a safe and comforting space to mourn, surrounded by people who love us, care for us, and encourage us. One of those funeral traditions is the viewing/visitation followed by a funeral service.

Funeral homes are regulated by the same guidelines as the rest of the United States. However, if they allow gatherings of more than 10 people in the funeral home or do not practice and/or enforce proper social distancing rules outside, they can face hefty fines and the potential of losing their license to operate.

However, the current limitations of social distancing can be hard on both the grieving family and the funeral home because the viewing/visitation and funeral service are at the core of the funeral process for funeral homes and are a centerpiece of the beginning of closure for the family who has lost a loved one.

One innovative way that funeral homes are adapting the family visitation ritual is to have a drive-through visitation. The bereaved family will line up outside the funeral home entrance and, one car at a time, mourners can drive up, roll down their windows, and offer their sympathy and condolences at a safe distance from the family.

Some funeral homes have offered video recordings of funeral services or live streamed funeral services for several years. But not all funeral homes have the technology to do these kinds of funeral services.

Families and friends, though, are stepping in to help fill in the gap. With computer applications that allow free live video meetings where anywhere from 50 to 100 people can attend simultaneously or even free live streaming, virtual funerals (and graveside services) are now being held all over the country.

While having a virtual funeral service or graveside service feels different – because it is different – than having a live service with people in attendance, it is better than the alternative of having no service for your deceased loved one.

Many people are opting for virtual funeral or graveside services for their deceased loved ones now, with the plan for a full, attended service in the future when the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. This might be a great plan for you and your family if you’re saying goodbye to a loved one now.

To hold a virtual funeral or graveside service, all you need is a smartphone, tablet, or laptop and one of these applications to stream the service.

FaceTime is a great application, but it is available only to iPhone users (Android smartphones can’t connect).

For the most connectivity, you have several choices. One of the easiest is Facebook Messenger’s video chat. Up to 50 people can join at a time and you get a private way to virtually share your loved one’s funeral or graveside service.

Although Zoom has reported privacy issues, they are only with recorded videostreaming (and the company is rushing to fix this), not livestreaming. The free version of Zoom allows up to 100 people to attend your virtual funeral or graveside service. The only limitation that may present a problem is that the free version of Zoom has a maximum time limit of 40 minutes.

If you’d like to learn more about virtual funerals at funeral homes in Warrensville Heights, OH, our compassionate and experienced team at E. F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home is here to help.

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Talking with Your Family About Cremation Services

Talking with your family about cremation services in Cleveland, OH will, undoubtedly, be a very difficult conversation. People, in general, are reluctant to talk about death. Talking about death brings not only your mortality into focus but also their own mortality into focus.

In American society, we do everything in our power to avoid facing the inevitable end – death – that we will each come to. Many people, in an effort to cheat death or prolong life, will pursue any and every means of staying alive, no matter what they sacrifice in terms of quality of life.

However, no matter what we do to try to get a few more breaths, eventually, the end – our deaths – will happen. It’s important to plan for this and to make sure that our families know our plans and know that we’ve taken care of the details so that they can grieve and mourn us without extra stress and worry about our final dispositions.

Before you discuss cremation services with your family, you need to have a clear picture of what you want. Cremation services provided by the funeral home include cremations, urns, funeral services or memorial services, among other things.

You’ve decided you want to be cremated. After you decide who your funeral home representative will be, you’ve got a lot of questions to answer.

Do you want a viewing or visitation before you’re cremated? Do you want a funeral service before you’re cremated? If you want a funeral service, what do you want to be included? Who should officiate? What music, readings, and spiritual comfort do you want to be included?

Do you want a memorial service after you’re cremated? What should the memorial service consist of? Where should it be? Who should officiate it? Who should attend (will it be public or private?)?

Do you want your cremation remains stored in an urn? What kind of urn do you want? Do you want some of your cremation remains scattered? Where should they be scattered?

If you choose to have your cremation remains stored in an urn, do you want the urn buried in a cemetery or do you want to be inurned in a columbarium niche?

Are you entitled to funeral military honors? Do you know where your military discharge papers (DD-214) are? Do you want military honors at your funeral or memorial service?

Once you have these details worked out, type it up and store a copy of these instructions with your important papers and print out copies for your family discussion.

The next step is having a conversation with your family. One thing that may surprise you about this conversation is how emotionally charged it may be. Some family members may be adamantly opposed to you being cremated. Some family members may disagree with what you want to be done with your cremation remains. Some family members may be upset that they were not chosen to be your funeral home representative. Some family members may just be so uncomfortable talking about death that they are weepy or angry.

It’s important for you to reassure everybody that you’re having this discussion – and you’ve done this planning – for their benefit when you die. Acknowledge the emotions, but address the concerns behind them. The more you can rationally explain your cremation services planning, the easier it will be to defuse the emotional intensity of the conversation.

For more information about talking with your family about cremation services in Cleveland, OH, our compassionate and experienced team at E. F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home is here to help.

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Paying for Funerals

There are many ways to offset the cost of funerals at funeral homes in Cleveland, OH. Funerals, like everything else in the American economy, cost more now than they used to. However, there are many ways to offset or get help with paying for funerals that you may not be aware of.

The easiest and smartest way to help pay for a funeral is by preplanning. That is something that you can do today to prepare for tomorrow. Preplanning for a funeral – and keeping it affordable – can be done using one of the following methods:

  • Burial or Funeral Insurance – Burial or funeral insurance policies are designed specifically to pay for funeral expenses. Burial insurance policies are generally small-dollar-amount ($5,000 to $25,000) policies with affordable monthly rates that can be used to pay all your funeral expenses.

These do not require a medical exam, but most of these policies have a period of one to three years of having the burial insurance before payouts will be made.

  • Life Insurance – Life insurance policies often have a higher dollar value because they’re intended to provide support for survivors after the policyholder dies. A portion of a life insurance policy can be used to pay for funeral expenses.

Life insurance policies always require a medical exam. The premiums for life insurance policies are higher for people who are older and/or who have underlying medical conditions, such as cardiac problems, diabetes, or high blood pressure.

Premiums for whole-life life insurance policies are much higher than for term life insurance policies, but whole-life life insurance policies are in effect until you die, while term life insurance policies must be renewed – with premium increases – every set number of years (usually every 10 years).

  • Payable-on-Death Bank Account – Payable-on-death bank accounts are an excellent way to set aside funds for your funeral. They are easy to set up and you can designate the funeral home as the beneficiary or one of your surviving family members with the instructions that the funds there are to be used to pay for your funeral expenses. Payable-on-death bank accounts are excluded from probate, so the funds are immediately available to your beneficiary when you die.

If you are in the position of having to pay for the funeral of a loved one who didn’t have a burial insurance policy, a life insurance policy, or a payable-on-death bank account, there are other ways that you can offset their funeral expenses.

One popular method is fundraising. There are many ways that people look for to help a bereaved family and fundraising gives them a tangible way to help out. You can raise funds using several methods:

  • Car washes, bake sales or auctions – Many members of the community, as well as friends and family, will gladly participate in these fundraising activities, both to help with the fundraising event and to participate by buying what the fundraiser is offering.
  • Memorial funds – You can set up an account at your bank or at the deceased’s workplace where people can send checks or use a payment system like PayPal to donate funds toward funeral expenses.
  • Crowdfunding – Crowdfunding sites like are specifically designed for things like raising money to pay for funeral expenses. You can easily set up a GoFundMe page for your deceased loved one where people can donate online. Be aware that crowdfunding sites often keep a small percentage of the money that’s raised.
  • Social media – Social media is a great way to let a large number of people know that you’re raising money for your loved one’s funeral expenses. Be sure, however, to have a payment account like PayPal or a crowdfunding page already set up so that you can give that information in your social media post. Do not include any personal or financial information on social media.

If you’d like to learn more about preplanning funerals at funeral homes in Cleveland, OH, our compassionate and experienced team at E. F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home is here to help. You can visit us at our funeral home at 2165 E 89th St., Cleveland, OH 44106, or you can call us today at (216) 791-0770.

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Cremation Memory Items

Providing cremation memory items is one cremation services offered in Shaker Heights, OH, One of the differences between cremations and burials is that, with burials, you have a physical gravesite with a gravestone to visit, while with cremations, unless you choose to have your loved one inurned in a columbarium niche, you have only their cremation remains to remember them by.

There is something in us that desires something tangible – to touch and to see – of our loved ones after they have died. Cremation memory items provide that when you opt to have your loved one cremated.

There are many different kinds of cremation memory items available from the funeral home. It may surprise you to find out how varied and how personal these items can be in helping to keep the memory of your loved one close to your heart – literally.

One memory item that is becoming popular is a thumbie. A thumbie refers to an impression of a fingerprint, handprint, or footprint taken from your loved one before they are cremated. Handprint and footprint impressions are most often done in memory of small children who have died.

They can be imprinted on pendants or on other types of materials with custom engraving. The pendants can be worn on a necklace, while the custom materials can be displayed in a special place in your home.

Fingerprint impressions are most often done for adult loved ones who’ve died. These are usually imprinted on pendants that you can wear around your neck. The funeral home has options for just your deceased loved one’s fingerprint or multiple fingerprints (popular among spouses, infinity and heart symbols can have both the deceased and the surviving spouse’s fingerprints imprinted as a testimony of their love).

Cremation jewelry is another popular cremation memory item. A small amount of your loved one’s cremation remains are used to make wearable jewelry such as rings, necklaces, and bracelets. There are many different styles and options to choose from, so you will have no problem finding just the right piece of cremation jewelry to honor the memory of your deceased loved one.

The funeral home has a huge selection of urns to keep the cremated remains of your loved one in. If you can imagine it, there’s likely an urn that will satisfy hitting just the right note for the final resting place of your loved one. Urns come in all shapes and sizes, with standard and custom designs that let you create the unique look that is fitting for your deceased loved one.

If you want to divide the cremation remains among family members, keepsake urns are an excellent choice. With this option, the majority of your loved one’s cremation remains are stored in a full-sized urn, while small portions are stored in smaller keepsake urns. It’s an excellent way to share your loved one with those they loved most in life.

The funeral home will take care of storing and sealing the cremation remains, whether you choose a single urn or a full-sized urn with additional keepsake urns. These will be delivered to you by the funeral home. If you have a memorial service shortly after the cremation, the urns will be displayed there, and the funeral home will deliver them to you after the service.

For more information about cremation services in Shaker Heights, OH, our compassionate and experienced team at E. F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home is here to help. You can visit our funeral home at 25900 Emery Road, Warrensville Heights, OH 44123, or you can call us today at (216) 831-7906.

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Online Grief Resources

Funeral homes in Shaker Heights, OH offer many grief resources to family members who have lost a loved within. With deep roots in the community, the funeral home has relationships with grief support groups, grief counselors, and other community-based grief resources.

Grief over the death of a loved one is a normal process that each of us must inevitably experience during our lives. Grieving can be different for everyone. Some people grieve longer than others. Some people grieve harder than others. Some people struggle to know what to do with their grief and how to get past it.

It’s important not to let anyone else tell you that there is a right and wrong way to grieve. There isn’t. It’s also important, though, that if grief feels too heavy to bear on your own or it seems like it will never go away, that you consider getting some additional grief support.

What you may need in grief support is as unique as your grieving process. Some people find talking about their feelings and emotions in a group of grieving people very helpful and therapeutic. Other people struggle to find a vocabulary for their grief and feel uncomfortable talking about personal feelings and experiences in a roomful of people with whom they have no previous connection.

Even with one-on-one grief counseling, some people may find it very easy and helpful, while other people may find it difficult and frustrating. So, be patient with yourself and explore all the resources for grief that are available until you find something that works for you.

Some people prefer online group resources because they can find advice and support without necessarily having to interact with other people. When and if they do interact, they often feel more comfortable in the anonymity of being online instead of being face to face, which can often allow them to be more open and honest in participating.

One of the greatest benefits of online grief resources is that you can, with the click of a mouse to close a browser, “walk away” when you’ve had enough or are overwhelmed without anyone else knowing. And you can go back the same way when you’re feeling emotionally and mentally ready.

Here is a list of online grief resources that you might find helpful in your journey through grief.

  • Resources for Survivors of Suicide – As the suicide rate continues to climb in the United States, especially among elderly people and middle-aged people, more and more family members are having to deal with the grieving aftermath. Sadly, suicide still carries such a stigma that it can be hard to find in-person grieving resources that provide a safe and comfortable environment for support. This website offers many different types of online resources that you can take advantage of as you work through the grief associated with the suicide of a loved one.
  • What’s Your Grief? – This website is dedicated to helping people handle all aspects of the grieving process. It has an email subscription feature that delivers weekly articles about grief and it has many online articles and blogs about what grief is, how grief works, and how to navigate the process of grief, especially at highly sensitive times such as death anniversaries, Mother’s and Father’s days, and wedding anniversaries.
  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network – Children who’ve experienced death through traumatic events, such as friends who’ve been bullied and committed suicide or school shootings, need special care and attention in the wake of these horrific incidents. This website is full of resources that can help.

If you’d like to learn more about grief resources at funeral homes in Shaker Heights, OH, our compassionate and experienced team at E. F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home is here to help.

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Famous Last Words

Cremations are one of the cremation services offered in Warrensville Heights, OH. But before cremations, some people who die speak their last words before they draw their last breath.

A person’s last words before they die can be very interesting. They may be humorous or deep. They may be wise or grief-filled. However, most of these last words never get heard by anyone but the family members who were there to hear them.

Famous people, on the other hand, have plenty of people around to make sure their last words get saved for posterity. Like our private last words that we might say, some of these are funny, some are clever, some are sorrowful, and some are astute.

Just before actor Humphrey Bogart, who won an Oscar for his role in 1951’s “The African Queen,” but is best known for his role in “Casablanca,” died from esophageal cancer in 1957, he uttered these words: “I should never have switched from Scotch to martinis.”

Baseball legend Joe DiMaggio had a brief and tumultuous marriage to actress Marilyn Monroe. However, DiMaggio never stopped loving her, even though they were long divorced when she died in 1962 at the age of 36 from a drug overdose. When DiMaggio died from lung cancer in 1999, his last words were: “Now I get to see Marilyn.”

Actress Joan Crawford played villains onscreen, but she was, by many accounts, quite a villain in real life. When Crawford suffered a heart attack in 1977 that would lead to her death, her housekeeper began to pray for her. Crawford’s last words? “Don’t you dare ask God to help me.”

Actor Jimmy Stewart, best known for his role in the Christmas classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” was married to his wife Gloria for 44 years. She preceded him in death. As Stewart was dying in 1997, the last words he spoke to his family were: “I’m going to be with Gloria now.”

The acclaimed poet Dylan Thomas, who is best known for his poem, “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night,” was a very heavy drinker. His last words, in 1953 before he died of pneumonia at age 39, were reported to be spoken to the desk clerk at the Hotel Chelsea in New York, where he was staying: “I’ve had 18 straight whiskeys…I think that’s the record.”

Author Ernest Hemingway died by his own hand in 1961. Hemingway had always wrestled with bouts of depression, but his physical strength and intellectual prowess managed to get him through the worst of the episodes. However, in 1961, Hemingway was ill and weak and there was nothing to bring him out of his deepening depression. Hemingway’s last words were spoken to his wife Mary before he took his life: “Goodnight, my kitten.”

Poet Emily Dickinson, whose poetry is filled with images of death, kept her last words poetic when she died at age 46 from complications related to hypertension: “I must go in, for the fog is rising.”

Famous whiskey maker Jack Daniel, who died at the age of 65 in 1911 from a bacterial infection in his bloodstream, stayed true to his profession with his last words: “One last drink, please.”

Conrad Hilton, the well-known founder of the Hilton hotel chain, was asked for the last words of wisdom before he died at the age of 30 in 1917. His response? “Leave the shower curtain on the inside of the tub.”

For information about cremation services in Warrensville Heights, OH, our compassionate and experienced team at E. F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home is here to help. You can visit our funeral home at 25900 Emery Road, Warrensville Heights, OH 44123, or you can call us today at (216) 831-7906.

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Why We Grieve the Loss of Celebrities

There may not be many celebrity funerals at funeral homes in Warrensville Heights, OH, but the common phenomenon of how we collectively grieve the loss of celebrities is one that we all participate in at one time or another.

While on the surface, it may not make sense that we grieve the death of someone we have never met and don’t personally know, it turns out that the loss we feel when someone who is famous dies is both real and rational.

When NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were killed in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020, Americans collectively mourned both their losses. Many Americans may have only known that Kobe Bryant was a good basketball player, having never actually seen him play the game. Other Americans whose interests were not sports-related may have only recognized Kobe Bryant’s name.

Yet the outpouring of grief for the deaths of the 41-year-old professional basketball player and his 13-year-old daughter who showed the promise of becoming a great basketball player in her own right was nationwide.


It has been suggested that well-known people, who are on display all the time, reveal parts of their inner selves to us – apart from their fame and their talent – and in those revelations, we see parts of ourselves reflected back.

Celebrities are often put on pedestals by the thing they excel at and by us. They seem larger than life. It seems as though they don’t have the everyday things, issues, and problems that we face to contend with.

However, there are always places in their lives where they reveal their similarities to us – their ordinariness and their life challenges – and, it is in those moments that we see their humanness and their likenesses to us. That forms a bond and a connection between them and us.

We feel like we know celebrities by these glimpses into their inner workings, even though we’ve never met them.

So, when celebrities die, we lose a part of our own identities to one degree or another, depending on their impact on our lives.

For example, while America mourned the loss of actor Kirk Douglas on February 5, 2020, some people who were big fans of his movies felt his death more keenly and felt a stronger sense of losing a part of their own identities than people who simply knew he was an actor, but never saw his movies.

Another thing that happens when we lose a celebrity who we felt strongly connected to is that their death represents a loss of a period of our lives when their impact was strongest on us. For example, Baby Boomers might have a bigger sense of loss when one of the music legends of the 1960s or 1970s dies, while Gen Xer’s may have a more profound reaction when a musician from the 1980s or 1990s dies.

So, when we grieve for the deaths of well-known people who made a big impression on our lives, we are also grieving for the loss of the small piece of ourselves that they occupied. And when we grieve the collective loss of celebrities that we knew about, but perhaps did not have much of a connection to, we are participating in communal grief that recognizes the loss of something special.

If you’d like to learn more about grief resources at funeral homes in Warrensville Heights, OH, our compassionate and experienced team at E. F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home is here to help. You can visit us at our funeral home at 25900 Emery Rd., Warrensville Heights, OH 44123, or you can call us today at (216) 831-7906.

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Working Long Hours Can Kill You

Cremations are among the cremation services available in Cleveland, OH. But some of the premature deaths that lead to those cremations are the cumulative, and avoidable, result of working very long hours.

In the United States, more than any other Western country, working long hours has become expected, instead of the exception to the rule. More time spent working is seen by employees as the way to get promotions, while more time spent working is seen by employers as initiative and dedication to the job.

The American workplace has become very competitive. That competitiveness intensified with the Great Recession of 2008 when the United States economy tanked and the highest number of people in the country were laid off or had their work hours reduced since the Great Depression in the early 20th century.

As people scrambled to find any job – often more than one – to stay financially afloat, they routinely worked very long days as they tried to cobble enough work together to pay the bills. While working long days has been a mainstay of corporate life for many decades, it then became an expectation in other types of employment, such as retail and distribution, as well.

If you were unable or unwilling to work very long hours, then you either were not hired or you were replaced with someone who was.

As a result, long workdays have become an expectation of almost any time of employment in America. And research shows that all that work comes with a heavy cost – your life.

The statistics are sobering:

  • Sitting for long periods of time increases your chances of getting cancer and diabetes, as well as dying prematurely.
  • Working long hours increases your chances of dying today by nearly 20%.
  • Foregoing vacations and other paid time off elevates your risk of having a heart attack by 30 to 50 percent.
  • Working longer hours increases your risks of having a stroke (your stroke risk increases by 10% if you work more than 40 hours a week).
  • Opting out of taking vacations just for one year increases your risk of developing depression, which can lead to premature death.

So, when your company demands that you work more than a 40-hour week, they are not just destroying any kind of work/life balance for you. They are also increasing the chances that you will die before your time.

However, it’s not just employers whose demands for longer working hours put your life at risk. If you are self-employed or you are working several jobs and the result is longer working hours, then you are putting your life in jeopardy.

Self-employed people often don’t believe they have the ability to take time off from work since they are solely responsible for how much income they have coming in.

This is even more true in the prevailing gig economy where work is freelance or contract, with no benefits like paid time off, and if you don’t constantly take more work, you won’t get paid or the employer will hire a freelance or contract person who will take on lots of work and very long hours.

The problem, however, with you doing this to yourself is that you are decreasing your lifespan and you end up being, in the long run, less and less productive.

For information about cremation services in Cleveland, OH, our compassionate and experienced team at E. F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home is here to help. You can visit our funeral home at 2165 E. 89th Street, Cleveland, OH 44106, or you can call us today at (216) 791-0770.

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Climate Change and Farmworker Deaths

There are funerals at funeral homes in Cleveland, OH for people who have experience working on farms. America, until the middle of the 20th century, still had a large number of family farms.

Many older people, who may have moved to urban areas for education and better-paying jobs in the industry, may have left farming communities where they knew what it was like to get up 365 days a year before the sun rose to tend to animals before going to school or heading out, during the late spring, summer, and early fall months to harvest crops as they ripen.

It was hot work in the summer months, but relief could be found under the canopy of a barn or an abundance of shade trees and in ice-cold water or soda during the day, and in homemade ice cream, churned the old-fashioned way, on the front porch at night.

While farm work during planting and harvesting seasons was long, dusty, and hot, the days were not as hot as many of those same days are now. The earth has been steadily getting warmer over the past several decades and it’s not unusual now for temperatures during the summer months to stay well above normal (with heat indexes driving the real-feel temperatures even higher) for long stretches of time.

If we work in offices, we may complain about the heat when we venture out during the day, but for the most part, we are in fairly comfortable temperatures most of the time, with thermostats set at 70 degrees or so. Then we get in our cars and adjust the air conditioning to a comfortable temperature. Finally, we walk into our homes where we turn on an air conditioning unit or a central HVAC system to keep our living spaces comfortable.

However, farmworkers spend their entire workdays outdoors in the sweltering heat. Often those workdays are from sunup to sundown, which can be as long as 15 or 16 hours in the western United States. Therefore, farmworkers’ lives are increasingly being jeopardized by prolonged exposure, with little or no relief, to excessive heat.

Heatstroke is one of the potentially fatal dangers that farmworkers face. Heatstroke occurs when the body overheats after extended exposure to high temperatures or after physical exertion in high temperatures.

This is the most dangerous type of heat injury that people can suffer, and it has a high fatality rate. If someone’s body temperature rises to 104 degrees or higher, then heatstroke can occur.

If the body can’t cool down or is unable to cool down fast enough, then death occurs.

Farmworkers are constantly faced with the threat of suffering heatstroke as they perform grueling labor under hotter and hotter summer skies. In addition to heatstroke, farmworkers also face other life-threatening risks from the heat.

One of these is chronic kidney disease, which can lead to kidney failure. This happens because farmworkers are performing strenuous labor, losing a lot of water through sweat, and not replacing it by drinking enough fluids.

Some larger farms have modified their work schedules so that farmworkers work at night instead of during the day. However, with climate change, nights have become much warmer than they used to be, so while the risk of heat-related illnesses and death is reduced some, it is not completely eliminated.

If you’d like to know how funeral homes in Cleveland, OH are helping our communities with cooling resources, our compassionate and experienced team at E. F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home is here to help. You can visit us at our funeral home at 2165 E 89th St., Cleveland, OH 44106, or you can call us today at (216) 791-0770.

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Ways to Thank a Hospice Provider

Before cremations as part of Shaker Heights, OH cremation services, many people care for their dying loved ones at home with the help of hospice agencies. Hospice agencies are invaluable when a loved one has an illness from which they will die in a short time frame. Although you may think that hospice agencies can’t be used until the death of a loved one is days away, they can actually start providing care services once an illness has been diagnosed as terminal and you and your loved one no longer want life-prolonging treatment for it.

Hospice agencies can be part of the care help for your loved one for an extended period of time (one to two years, with recertification every six months), but most of time hospice care enters the picture when the prognosis for your loved one is three to six months left to live.

Hospice care includes nurses, chaplains, social workers, and CNAs who work as a team to make sure your loved one, your family, and you have the support and services you all need as you walk together on the journey toward the death of your loved one.

Additionally, hospice agencies have people who volunteer to provide special services at no charge. These are people who may provide short periods of respite care (usually two to three hours) for your loved one so that you and your family can get out of the house and run errands like shopping or doctor’s appointment or so that you can simply go have lunch or a coffee with a friend.

If for some reason you get a hospice care agency that is not providing these services or that is not responsive to your needs, then talk with your loved one’s doctor to get another hospice agency involved as soon as possible.

Ask for recommendations if you’re unsure which hospice agency to change to, or call them to see how the initial phone call goes. If the first person you talk to is rude, disinterested, or makes offensive comments, that can tell you about the general attitude of that hospice agency.

But how do you thank the hospice care providers in ways that let them know they’re appreciated and that you’re grateful for the kind and compassionate help they’re providing?

One way is to make them feel welcome when they come to your home. If a hospice care provider is there for a while, offer them something to drink or, if you have snacks like cookies or cake, then offer them refreshments. They probably will decline, but it will let them know you appreciate what they’re doing.

Another way to show your appreciation is to write a thank-you note to the hospice agency. Be sure to name each provider who has helped out and let the agency know what a difference it has made for your loved one and you and your family.

Another way to thank the hospice agency is to volunteer your time after your loved one has died and you’ve had time to get their affairs in order and to go through the early phases of the grieving process. This can be very emotionally rewarding and it can also help in the healing process as you move forward with your life.

For information about Shaker Heights, OH cremation services, our compassionate and experienced team at E. F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home is here to help. You can visit our funeral home at 2165 E. 89th Street, Cleveland, OH 44106, or you can call us today at (216) 791-0770.