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Shaker Heights, OH cremation services

Living Beyond the Groove

After cremations as part of Shaker Heights, OH cremation services, the cremated remains of loved ones are returned to their families in a cremation container (an urn they’ve purchased or a temporary container where they’ll be stored until the family has planned what they want to do with them).

If your loved one was a musician or simply loved music, one of the ways that you can preserve some of their cremated remains is by having them pressed into a vinyl record made up of favorite songs that remind you of them.

Vinyl records have a sound that can’t be duplicated. From that distinct scratching sound of the record player’s arm being released and its needle hitting the first groove to the undertones of subtle scratches as the record plays, the whole sound is nostalgic for anyone who has ever heard a vinyl record played.

However, from the early 1980s until about ten years ago, vinyl records were considered to be dinosaurs. Record players disappeared, and trying to find replacement parts for their arms and needles became a difficult scavenger hunt on auction sites like eBay.

The technology for music changed dramatically. Cassette tapes, CDs, and downloadable .mp3 files follow each other in relatively close succession. Then subscription digital music sites like Pandora, Spotify, and Amazon Prime Music became the standard for listening to music that most of us are familiar with now.

But vinyl records had a renaissance around 2010 and record players once more became available as did the accessories that go with them. People began to pull out their old dusty stereo record players and all those 78’s, 33’s, and 45’s that they had stowed away in attics and basements to give them a new listen and a new life.

So, it makes sense that having a vinyl record of your loved one’s favorite songs or songs that remind you of them, made with some of your loved one’s cremated remains impressed in the actual vinyl became another option for using cremated remains.

When you make a vinyl record using some of your loved one’s cremated remains, you get to design the album cover, create the label for the record, and choose the songs you want included on the record.

You can choose between a 7” vinyl record or a 12” vinyl record. The vinyl can be clear, which will let you be able to see the cremated remains of your loved one. If you don’t want clear vinyl, there are several colors you can choose from for your vinyl record.

Most companies that produce these vinyl records with cremated remains offer basic artwork services for the label, the record sleeve, and the album cover. However, you can use your own skills or enlist the help of the artists in your family to customize each one of the parts of the album.

You can include photos, endearments, or memories on the record sleeve and on the album cover. If you are using songs for your vinyl record, you may want to list each song’s title, the artist who is performing it, the year of its release, and why it was special to your loved one or why it’s a special song for you and your family.

The finished record album may take time to produce, but much of this depends on how fast you are ready to move to provide what you want included to the record production company.

For more 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.

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Important Things to Remember about Grief

After cremations as part of cremations services offered in Warrensville Heights, OH, you will feel the weight of the intensity of grief descend upon you like a heavy blanket that it seems impossible to remove. Grief is a normal reaction when you lose someone you love. How you experience grief will be unique because you are unique.

There is no specific way to grief. At times, you will find, in your grieving journey, that other people try to put their expectations of what grief is on you, and you may find yourself at odds with their expectations. This experience can be painful and hurtful, but to truly move in a healthy way through the grieving process, you will need to put others’ expectations aside, because those people are not you and their expectations do not define how you will make your way through grief.

It’s important, therefore, to remember that grief never goes away. Instead, it changes over time. That oppressively heavy blanket that is weighing upon you now will not always be the way grief feels. As you walk through grief, the constant feeling of carrying a very cumbersome burden will give way to moments of intensity that occasionally punctuate a general feeling of peace and comfort.

Therefore, it’s important to give yourself time to feel what you’re feeling and not try to rush the process or shut down the intense emotions and feelings that follow after someone you love dies. We live in a society of busyness that expects things to normalize quickly, no matter how devastating those things may be. That is simply not healthy, or even possible, with grief.

If you try to rush the process by avoiding dealing with the intensity of grief, you can be assured that while you may be able to postpone it, you will have to deal with it at some point down the road of life. It’s better to do it now and start the path of healing as soon as possible.

Another way to healthily handle grief is to be sure to stay connected to people who love you unconditionally and who you trust to be empathetic with what you are going through. It is often tempting to cut off contact with people because you are sad or you don’t want to bring everyone else down. However, isolating yourself can be detrimental to the healing process.

It’s important while you are grieving to make sure you take care of yourself. It can be tempting to eat unhealthy food and to not exercise on a daily basis. By getting good nutrition, you can keep your body healthy while you process intense emotions that can often wreak havoc on the body, making you more susceptible to getting sick or developing health problems.

A moderate amount of daily exercise (30 minutes of walking, for example) is good for generating endorphins, which are the brain’s mood lifters. If you’re able to get outdoors, then you get the beauty (even in snow) of the wonders we often take for granted in the natural world around us.

Another healthy step in the grieving process is to seek help if you need it. If you find that you’re stuck in a grief rut that you can’t seem to move past, then you might want to join a grief support group or have some private counseling sessions with a grief therapist to work through the impasse.

For information about cremations 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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Cremations 101

With cremations as part of Cleveland, OH cremation services becoming a more common and popular choice among Americans, it’s important to understand what’s involved in the cremation process and what options are available with cremations.

Many people believe that when their loved one is cremated, the only service they can have to commemorate their loved one is a memorial service after the cremation. However, more often, people are choosing to have a visitation or viewing and funeral service before their loved one is cremated.

As is common with traditional burials, the deceased may be present during the visitation and the funeral service. The visitation is held a couple of hours before the funeral service, and offers an opportunity for mourners to pay their respects to the deceased and offer their sympathy to the family of the deceased.

The visitation is followed by a funeral service, which traditionally consists of favorite readings of the deceased, eulogies, spiritual comfort, and music. After the funeral service, the deceased is transported to the crematory and the cremation take places.

Cremation as a funeral disposition method has been around for thousands of years. In ancient Greece and Rome, it was very common for armies that were fighting in distant lands to cremated their fallen soldiers, and take their cremated remains back home after wars were over to be buried in their native lands.

Cremation fell out of favor during the reign of Emperor Constantine of Rome, and burial in the ground became common for people who had died. Only during outbreaks of worldwide, highly-contagious plagues was cremation, which ensured that the deadly diseases didn’t spread, more commonly used as a method of final disposition.

In the late 1800’s, during the reign of Queen Victoria in England, the practice of cremation was more generally revived by the queen’s personal physician, who promoted cremation as a sanitary measure – as graveyards became overcrowded and there were no general standards for how people were buried – and as a way to conserve land.

The practice of cremation, however, didn’t really gain traction among the general population until about the end of the 20th century. Much of this popularity is attributable to three factors: increased environmental awareness; decreased cemetery space in urban areas; and, more population mobility.

The process of cremation is one that has become standardized in the United States. To begin the process, the family of the deceased must sign a cremation authorization form and the funeral home must obtain a cremation permit. Cremations in the United States generally have a 24-48 hour waiting period before they take place.

When the deceased is at the crematory, they are first identified by a family member or a current picture. The deceased is tagged with a non-combustible identifying tag that will follow them through the entire cremation process.

After the deceased gets their identifying tag, they are placed in a fully-combustible container and put into the crematory. The actual cremation takes only two or three hours on average. When the cremation is finished, all that is left is bone fragments.

There may be small pieces of metal, such as metal fillings or joint screws and pins, mixed among the bone fragments. After the cremation remains have cooled, the metal is removed, and the bone fragments are ground down to the consistency of fine sand.

These remains are put into a sealed plastic bag that is placed into a cremation container, which is returned to the family to do with as they and the deceased desired.

For more information about cremation and Cleveland, 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.

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Understanding Autopsy Reports

Before cremations as part of cremations services offered in Warrensville Heights, OH, there may be an autopsy performed on the body of the person who died. Autopsies are not performed on everyone one who dies. If a person is elderly or is suffering from a terminal illness, no autopsy will be performed unless something about the death seems out of the ordinary.

However, when people die unexpectedly or their deaths seem to indicate something other than natural causes, an autopsy will be performed to find out the exact cause of death.

Autopsies are usually performed by a pathologist who has extensive training in examining deceased people and inferring conclusions about what led to their deaths. However, there is more than one type of autopsy that might be performed.

Complete autopsies examine every part of the body for an indication of what led to the person’s death. This will include the external surface of the body and all the major organs, including the lungs, the brain, the heart, the kidneys, and the liver.

Partial autopsies are performed on a specific internal part of the body. While the entire external surface of the body will be examined, only a single internal organ or a single internal region of the body, such as the head, neck, and shoulders will be looked at for causes of death.

Observation autopsies are autopsies that are performed by a pathologist or teacher in an instruction setting, usually as part of medical school curriculum.

Exhumation autopsies are autopsies that are performed after a buried body has been excavated from its grave. These kinds of autopsies are conducted if there are unanswered questions about the cause of death after the body has been buried or if new evidence comes to light to warrant an autopsy.

If a first autopsy has inconclusive results or the findings are not reliable, a second autopsy may be ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

In most cases, autopsies are ordered by a coroner or a medical examiner. Autopsies can be performed without the permission of the family of the deceased. Many autopsies are ordered because of information given by someone who is concerned about how the person died. This can include medical staff or law enforcement. This kind of autopsy is deemed a “reportable” death.

The family of the deceased can ask for an autopsy. However, that doesn’t mean that an autopsy will be performed. Only if the coroner or medical examiner believes the family’s concerns about how their loved one died are worth investigating will an autopsy be ordered and performed.

If the family wants an autopsy and the coroner or medical examiner doesn’t believe the circumstances of death warrant an autopsy, then the family will be responsible for paying for the autopsy. This cost is not covered by Medicaid, Medicare, or other insurance plans, so it’s an out-of-pocket cost for the family of the deceased.

Ordered autopsies are usually done for very specific reasons.

One of these is, of course, uncertainty about what caused the person to die. If the person’s death was unexpected and sudden, and they were not ill or elderly, then it’s likely that an autopsy will be performed.

Autopsies will also be done for people who’ve died as a result of a work-related illness or injury, in order to see if the family should be compensated for the death.

An autopsy may be ordered for conditions that can only be confirmed after death. An example of this would be Lewy Body dementia. While the symptoms of this type of dementia are evident while the person is alive, the actual presence of the Lewy Body protein in the brain can’t be confirmed without an autopsy.

For more information about cremations 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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Understanding Bereavement Leave

Before cremations as part of Cleveland, OH cremation services, immediate family members of the person who died will have to ask their employers, if they’re still working, for time off of work to attend make funeral plans for their loved ones. Some employers have bereavement leave plans in place, while other employers do not.

Bereavement leave is leave granted from work for employees who’ve lost an immediate family member (spouse, child, sibling, parent, grandparent, grandchild, in-law, stepchild, or stepparent). While it would be logical to assume that all employers would have a bereavement leave policy, many employers do not.

There are no federal laws that require employers to grant bereavement leave to their employees.

At the state level, only Oregon has enacted a bereavement leave law for companies with 25 or more employees. These companies must give two weeks of bereavement leave – it doesn’t have to be paid – to all employees who’ve lost an immediate family member.

The state of Illinois has a bereavement law that requires companies with 50 or more employees to grant 10 days of unpaid leave to employees who’ve lost a child.

Therefore, most employers can decide whether or not to grant bereavement leave. If they do grant bereavement leave, they can decide how long the bereavement leave lasts and they can decide whether to grant it as paid or unpaid time off of work.

For those companies that do grant bereavement leave, the usually amount of time is three days after the death of an immediate family member. Often this puts family members who must travel long distances to the location of the funeral in a situation where there isn’t enough time to get there, take part in the funeral, and return home.

So, there are many instances where immediate family members miss the opportunity to say goodbye to their loved ones and miss the opportunity to grieve in person with other family members.

The bereavement leave policies in the United States are, for the most part, left up to the goodwill of employers. The federal government’s only real effort toward enabling family members to be with their dying loved ones and to be able to plan their funerals and share other family members’ grief is the Family Medical Leave Act.

However, the Family Medical Leave Act also has stipulations as to whether it can be used as part of bereavement leave. Only private employers with 50 or more employees during each of 20 or more weeks in the previous year are eligible to offer Family Medical Leave to their employees.

And, while the Family Medical Leave Act offers up to 12 weeks of family and medical leave, the time off is unpaid. Additionally, many employees who use the Family Medical Leave Act find that their jobs are not protected, and if they use the maximum time available (three months), often come back to find that they no longer have a job with their employer.

Other nations do a much better job taking care of their citizens and employees when a death in the family occurs. In Canada, for instance, all citizens who have been continuously employed for three months are guaranteed three days of bereavement leave following the death of a loved one in their immediate family. In Sweden, every employee is entitled to up to 10 days of paid bereavement leave each year.

For more information about bereavement leaved and Cleveland, 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.

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The Paperwork You Need after a Loved One Dies

With cremations as part of cremation services offered in Cleveland, OH, important paperwork will be needed through the funeral process and after the funeral is over. All of this paperwork should be kept in one place and the person handling everything should know where it is and have complete access to it.

When a family is grieving over the loss of someone they love, they will not have enough clarity to think of everything they will need to take care of funeral arrangements and take care of their loved one’s affairs afterward. If you take care of making sure all of these are together now, then it will make it a lot easier for your family when you die.

If you are the executor of your loved one’s estate, you will need to get two different documents to fulfill your responsibilities.

One document is a certified death certificate. You should ask for at least 20 in your meeting with the funeral home director (you can also get more later if you need them) if the estate is small. Larger estates may need more.

The second document you will likely need to execute the estate is an Employer Identification Number (EIN). This document makes the estate of your loved one a legal entity that can pay outstanding bills, pay funeral expenses, and distribute assets to the estate’s heirs.

You will also need identification papers and personal papers. For identification, you will need a birth certificate, citizenship papers, social security card, driver’s license, and passport (if applicable). The personal papers you will need include a marriage certificate, divorce/annulment papers, prenuptial agreements, military discharge papers, and birth and death certificates (if applicable) for the rest of the immediate family.

You may not need all the personal papers, but it’s good to have them in case you do. Make sure to keep your loved one’s purse or wallet (if they died some place other than home) so you have their driver’s license. In hospitals, hospice houses, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes, these should be among the effects of your loved one that are given to you after they die.

To make funeral arrangements according to your deceased loved one’s wishes, you will need any documentation they left that gave instructions for their funeral. You will also need biographical information for the obituary, and you will need contact information for anyone who needs to know that your loved one has died (don’t forget employers, if your loved one was not retired and still working).

There are some other papers that you’ll need at various times before and after your loved one dies. Before death, you will need your loved one’s durable power of attorney, living will, durable healthcare power of attorney, and organ donation papers. Without these, you will not be able to handle your loved one’s affairs if they are unable to do so themselves.

After your loved one has died, you will need either their will or revocable trust to execute the estate according to their wishes.

You will also need your loved one’s financial information. This can include bank accounts, investments, insurance policies, retirement accounts, pensions, payable on death accounts, and income tax returns.

For more 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 25900 Emery Road, Warrensville Heights, OH 44123, or you can call us today at (216) 831-7906.

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Your Digital Life after Your Death

After cremations as part of the cremation services offered in Shaker Heights, OH, whoever you’ve designated to take care of your final affairs should have access to your will or revocable trust (this will automatically transfer to them upon your death), any life and burial insurance policies you have, and access to your bank accounts and other financial accounts.

However, there is one other area of your life that you need to make sure your executor has, and that is all the login information (usernames and passwords) for everything you do digitally. Most of us have a gazillion of these. They include logins for digital devices, wireless routers, logins for online banking and other financial services, logins for streaming services, logins for credit card companies, logins for taxing filing sites, logins for airlines, and logins for online shopping sites.

You may also have social media logins for services like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. If you blog online, then you have a login for that as well.

We need a quick note about using face recognition or fingerprints to log in to your digital devices instead of a password. While this may be a very good way to secure your digital devices, it’s important to remember that faces and fingerprints are unique for each person, so no one else will be able to access devices where you have this as your login method after you die.

Almost every online password is now required to be at least eight characters, using capital letters, numbers, and special characters. Because different sites use different ways to login – for example, some require a username, while others require an email address – there is no way to standardize all our online logins to be the same.

Even if that was possible, though, it would be a huge security risk, because if someone was able to hack into one account, they could potentially hack every single online account you have.

We all have different strategies for keeping up with all these logins. Many people use free password managers on their digital devices to store all this login information (however, there’s a login for the password manager too). Other people store this information in a Word document or an Excel spreadsheet.

One of the potential problems with password managers on your computer is that no one will be able to access it because they don’t have the administrator password to access the program. Additionally, if the computer crashes, then all your login information is completely inaccessible.

The Word document or Excel spreadsheet is the best way to keep up with your logins and to update them when they change, because you can keep a current copy – printed or on flash drive – with your important papers (replace it when the document changes), so that all your digital information is available to the person you’ve chosen to take care of your final affairs.

Keep your current login document stored on flash drive, not the digital device you primarily use. Label the flash drive and keep it where your executor can easily access it in case you forget to print or provide a current copy to include in your important papers.

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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Understanding What Next of Kin Means

Guidance on who qualifies as next of kin is part of the cremations services in Warrensville Heights, OH that are offered. While we tend to think of next of kin as a colloquial phrase, it is actually a legal phrase in the United States. It determines who can make decisions for someone at the end of life if they don’t have a living will or other advance directives in place and who is in line for legal duties and inheritances if the person doesn’t have a will or living trust in place.

Generally, next of kin refers to someone’s closest blood relatives, which can include both immediate family and extended family, depending on who is alive that is the closest relative. Next of kin has significant legal meaning for end of live medical decision and for the rights of inheritance.

If you create a will, then you designate who executes it and who the beneficiaries of your estate – property, financial assets, and personal belongings – will be and how much of the estate each beneficiary receives.

However, if some dies intestate – without a will – then the legal statutes of Ohio will determine who your next of kin are when deciding on the beneficiaries of your estate. This may mean that things you promised to certain people won’t be done, because there’s no legal document with those instructions.

When determining the line of inheritance for next of kin, a surviving spouse and children are first. The surviving spouse will get most of the estate and the rest will be split among the children.

However, if you do not have a surviving spouse or children (biological or adopted), there is an order in which next of kin is decided.

If your parents are still living, they will be first in the order. Next will be any siblings that survive you. Grandchildren are next in line, followed by your grandparents, if they are still alive. Next are nieces and nephews, then aunts and uncles. Finally, great-grandchildren and great-grandparents, they’re still living, are in the line of inheritance.

Once the next of kin have been identified, then the state will appoint an administrator to distribute the estate. Most of the time, the administrator is a blood relative. If a spouse or children survive you, one of them will most likely be appointed as the administrator of your estate.

Next of kin comes into play when you are unable to make medical decisions for yourself, such as in the case of a coma or dementia. If you don’t have a health care directive that appoints someone as your medical proxy, then the closest blood relative will be designated as your medical representative.

The order for making medical decisions for you is your spouse, your adult children (for minor children, parents or guardians are first), your parents, if they are living, and a line of succession similar to that if you die without a will.

To ensure that your wishes for medical care, end of life decisions, and your estate are handled and carried out the way you want, you should get a health care directive (living will, DNR, etc.) appointing the person you want to make medical decisions for you if you are unable and what you want and done want done to prolong life if you are dying. You should also have a will or a revocable trust drawn up with the distribution of your estate spelled out. Both of these documents are legal with just your signature and a date, but you should try to get your will or revocable trust witnessed and notarized.

For more guidance on qualifications for next of kin after cremations 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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Speak from the Heart

After cremations as part of Cleveland, OH cremation services, the grieving process begins for the family members who have lost a loved one. When these family members are friends or extended family, we immediately are moved to comfort and support them, but we don’t often know if we should say anything, or if we do, what would be the right thing to say.

In reality, sometimes more silence than words is okay if we don’t know what to say and we’re afraid that we might say the wrong thing. But we can acknowledge the loss of a loved one and we can express our sympathy to our grieving friends and extended family members.

When someone is grieving, they may simply want to talk about their loss and their grief (some people don’t want to and we should respect that as well). They are not looking for advice or wisdom or counsel. They just need to be able to express to another person how they are feeling. We can show our hearts in this case by just listening with an empathetic ear.

Many of the feelings of loss and grief are complicated. They can range from anger to sorrow to fear and to regret. It can be hard to hear grief out loud, and we might be tempted to try to counter what our grieving friend or extended family member is saying by, in essence, disagreeing with how they feel and what they are saying. This can make things so much worse.

What we need to do instead is step back and put ourselves in their shoes. What would we want someone to say to us if we were in the throes of grief and emotional turmoil? Something kind and understanding that comes from an empathetic and gentle heart would sooth our wounds of loss instead of aggravating them.

Another way to show and speak from our hearts is not to disappear after a few weeks of supporting and consoling our grieving friends or extended relatives. One way to disappear is not making the time to check in with them regularly to see how they’re doing. They may not be up to in-person visits, but we can text or call them to let them know we care about them.

Another way to disappear is more subtle, but also much more hurtful. This disappearance consists of being impatient with our friends’ or extended relatives’ grief by essentially telling them that it’s time to move on and get over it. If you want to damage, or possibly destroy, a relationship, this is a sure way to begin the process.

Grieving takes time, and no two people grieve openly – grief, in some shape or form, lasts the rest of ife – the exact same way or for the same amount of time. It takes a lot of patience sometimes to listen to some of our friends and extended family members say the same things and express the same feelings over and over for an extended period of time.

But this is a part of healing and we need to affirm the validity that they are feeling these things and give them a safe and supportive environment to work out their grieving, no matter how long it takes. That’s friendship and that’s love.

For more information about grief resources as part of Cleveland, 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.

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The Effect of Grief on the Elderly

Grief resources are among cremation services provided in Shaker Heights, OH. Elderly people are affected by grief in very profound ways. When elderly people lose loved ones, which is more frequent and often includes spouses, existing health problems can get much worse, living arrangements may have to be changed, and stress gets much more intense.

Because the elderly experience grief more frequently, as friends, family members, and peers die, they may sense that their time to die is closing in on them, which can lead to greater feelings of anxiety and loneliness.

The emotional and physical ways that grief may affect elderly people are different than for younger people. Grief always has an impact on physical health. However, elderly people are much more susceptible to severe health problems after a loved one dies because their stress levels are significantly elevated for a longer period of time.

A decrease in appetite is one physical symptom of the effective grief on the elderly. Many older people have a normal decrease in their desire to eat. They will eat fewer meals and their meal portions will be smaller. However, grief can decrease their appetites even more, which can lead to malnutrition and dehydration.

Feeling confused during the grieving process is common at any age. However, among the elderly this confusion can be much worse and lead to periods of forgetfulness, disorganization, and disorientation. Since these are many of the same symptoms associated with cognitive impairment and dementia, testing should be done to eliminate these conditions as the source of confusion.

Elderly people are more likely to experience significant life changes following the death of a loved one, especially a spouse, then younger people. For elderly spouses who were married for many years, the loss of the other spouse creates a void in caring and support. The surviving spouse may find themselves having to leave a home that they’ve lived in for many years and either move into small apartment, in with their families, or into an assisted living facility. These kind of life changes magnify the stress of grief.

Another loss that elderly people may experience following the death of a spouse are financial difficulties. Unless there is life insurance or financial investment that ensures financial security, many elderly people who lose their spouse also lose the fixed income that the spouse received. So instead of living on to fixed incomes, the surviving spouse has to make it on one fixed income. This is also an extra stress added to the grieving process.

Another source of stress associated with grief among the elderly are the feelings of being isolated, alone, and lonely. Losing a spouse, a close friend, or close relative can mean losing someone to confide in, to talk to, or to spend time with. Younger family members are usually wrapped up in their own lives with and raising families, so they don’t have a lot of extra time to spend with older family members (and they don’t realize what older family members are feeling and experiencing). This can lead to elderly to believe that they are truly all alone in the world, which can exacerbate the stress associated with grief.

Grief support and grief counseling are good resources for elderly people who are dealing with extra stress and different grief than their younger counterparts. Many of these resources are free.

If you’d like to learn about grief resources and 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 us at our funeral home at 25900 Emery Road, Warrensville Heights, OH, or you can call us today at (216) 831-7906.