• Memorial Day
    Posted: 05/27/2023

    Each year when Memorial Day approaches, American citizens get some mixed messages about what the holiday is really about. For many people, Memorial Day is a day off from school or work where they can engage in a BBQ or spend their first day at the beach of the year. But that’s not really what Memorial Day was created for. So, why do we celebrate Memorial Day? And how can we celebrate it with the origin in mind?

  • Lunch and Learn Event- Rooney’s
    Posted: 05/25/2023

    Preplanning is a gift to those closest to you, as they can have confidence that the details are exactly what you had in mind. Preplanning can also save money. With Woolley-Boglioli and Holmdel Funeral Homes, you also have the option to pre-pay, allowing you to control the costs of the funeral and ensure that you don’t …
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  • Make Family the Foundation for Funeral Planning
    Posted: 05/13/2023

    There are two ways to take care of funeral planning: 1) you can plan your own funeral in advance or 2) your survivors can plan your funeral for you after your death. Regardless of when it is planned, or who plans the funeral, the planning needs to start with your family. Your family should be the foundation for funeral planning.

  • Too Little Too Late – A Memorial Gone Wrong
    Posted: 04/29/2023

    Yesterday, Jane was on duty as a tour guide at a lovely little pre-revolutionary war church in rural Virginia. It was late in the afternoon when a youngish woman wearing shorts and a Cubs ball hat stepped into the visitor’s center looking lost. Thinking that she might need directions, Jane quietly approached to offer her assistance. The seemingly lost young lady said she just wanted to go in the church.

  • Preplanning Your Funeral in Your 60’s
    Posted: 04/15/2023

    According to a National Funeral Directors Association survey, more than half (62.5%) of us expect to participate in making our own funeral arrangements. And yet, less than a quarter of us have actually acted on that impulse. Not really so surprising since making funeral arrangements can literally be the very last thing we do. We can put it off right up to the end!   

  • Grief is Individual
    Posted: 03/30/2023

    Let’s talk about the stages of grief. There is denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. I studied them in nursing school, reviewed them when I got divorced and generally found them to be a pretty accurate and helpful bit of knowledge. And then, a family member died. Stages?   

  • How Should I Prepare for my Funeral Preplanning Meeting?
    Posted: 03/16/2023

    First, relax. Talking about your funeral plans might make you a little uncomfortable at first but making a plan doesn’t mean you will be using it anytime soon. Your funeral director or advance planner will guide you through the process. Most people get very comfortable in just a few minutes.   

  • Writing the Thank You Notes
    Posted: 03/02/2023

    Writing thank you notes is usually one of the very first “after the funeral” tasks you will undertake. You may be surprised to find that your brain/hand coordination is not working so well. You sit there with pen in hand and well-formed thoughts in your head, but somehow it all gets lost between the head and the paper. Don’t despair. This is normal and it’s all part of the grief journey. You are not thinking straight now, but you will again soon. 

  • Mother Died…How Long Do We Keep Her Things?
    Posted: 02/16/2023

    Separating from a loved one’s belongings is one of the more difficult jobs you will have to do after a death. It is amazing how much is collected over a lifetime. You probably won’t get it done in a day and you will probably shed a few tears.   

  • Food and Funerals
    Posted: 02/02/2023

    Why is food such a fundamental part of any funeral?

    Food provides comfort and strength. A gift of food shows that we care. It’s natural to connect food with the healing process of a funeral.