My good friend's mother passed away and they are having a memorial service at a temple and a shiva. I know the Christian protocols, but am wondering how to proceed. Is sending flowers appropriate? I understand bringing food to the shiva is customary (I know they do not keep kosher), do I bring it with me or take it ahead? Any other guidance here would be appreciated. My friend is quite distressed and I do not want to bother her with these questions at this time.
Auckland mefites: is there such a thing as a sponsored park bench there? [more inside]
My mom is in pallative care and may pass away shortly. I'm an only child and we have no blood relatives here. The service would be attended by my husband and two teen kids plus a couple of elderly neighbors and me. What funeral service ideas are there for such a small attendance? [more inside]
As part of my job, I'm coordinating an informal memorial service for a young graduate of my school who died this summer in an accident. I'm looking for music to play/have playing at the beginning , as people arrive, and at the end as people leave. Can you help? [more inside]
I want to purchase a small memorial at Pike Place Market for two relatives who have died recently but I'm severely limited in character space. Please help me choose a message. [more inside]
A family member lost her sense of smell in an accident and we would like to hold a little "memorial ceremony" to help her process it. Can you think of any songs, poems, quotations, readings, symbolic activities we could use? Serious and humorous suggestions are fine.
We're compiling my late grandfather-in-law's stories in the hopes of presenting about 35 copies to family members at an upcoming memorial service. [more inside]
I'm reading a poem for my grandmother's memorial service. I want to find something I like that will also get my mother's OK. [more inside]
Do any of you know of a documentary about a Holocaust survivor who makes trips to Germany to tell children and public officials, "Please, no more memorials"? [more inside]
A very close and dear friend of mine passed away a few days ago at a very young age and left behind a wife and 2 very young children ages 3 and 1. I would like to set up an investment fund for his children in his memory which people can donate to and will accrue interest until they are ready for college. To increase the chances people will donate I want it to be possible to use paypal or google wallet. I know nothing about finance or laws or any of the things that I imagine come with setting this up. Can anyone advise? Thanks in advance
A very very dear friend died unexpectedly recently and I have been asked by the family to be among the non-family members who will speak at his memorial service. I've only ever spoken at my mother's memorial service, and I cheated by reading her favorite psalm. I know some things to do and some not to do, but I think I need more thoughts from the hivemind. [more inside]
Should I go to my ex-coworker's memorial tonight? He committed suicide a few weeks ago. I kind of don't want to go because I'm more pissed off than I am sad. [more inside]
My friend died last week. We had been living in different countries for the past few months; we were still in contact up until a few weeks ago. His death was sudden and unexpected. He was far too young to die. I can't go to any of the memorials (he was one of those people who knew like, thousands of people, so people seemingly everywhere on earth are doing stuff) and I won't be going to the funeral. I didn't know his family and even though we were roommates, we had very few friends in common. [more inside]
Suggest a beautiful funeral home, and a separate location for a later memorial service, in Toronto? [more inside]
Wrongful death in the family. In lieu of flowers / Memorial donations? Help me, hive mind. [more inside]
Tombstone symbology and purchase: I'm tasked with designing, purchasing, and securing the installation of headstones for two men (a murderer and his victim) who died in the late 19th-century. What online resources exist that speak to the design and purchasing process and/or could help clarify period-appropriate symbology and appearance? [more inside]
A man died near our condo 7 years ago, and anonymous neighbors maintain a memorial at the relevant telephone pole by attaching stuffed animals, artificial flowers, and other stuff to it, which weather eventually turns into trash. The city has occasionally (rarely) removed it, but the mourners pile more on right away. How can we best negotiate an end to this long-running custom? [more inside]
Park benches, Disneyland bricks, memorial reefs... what are some other ways to memorialize someone outside of a cemetery? [more inside]
My (beloved) mother-in-law died after a year with lung cancer and we will be having a big memorial for her this weekend. What can we do to capture stories and memories from her family and friends? [more inside]
Is there a way to politely tell my friend that his monetary requests for a memorial donation are self-defeating? [more inside]
How long has BC's Highway 16 been known as the Highway of Tears? I'm trying to establish the origins of the name.
I need to create memorial page in an elementary yearbook for a student who passed away. What are some ideas to make it as meaningful and tactful as possible? [more inside]
Does anyone know the origin of or the artist who created this Star Wars/Darth Vader memorial wall picture?
I run a Worpress site, hosted by Dreamhost. We are about to make a memorial announcement. This will drive a lot of traffic to the site, including hundreds of comments and potentially thousands of hits. I am the only one who runs the site and I need to be prepared. What do I need to do? [more inside]
Could use some suggestions for making sure I have all bases covered for the "celebration of life" thing we're doing for my dad this weekend. [more inside]
This December it will be ten years since my father committed suicide. My mother, brother and I have started talking about ways to observe the anniversary, but we're not sure how. [more inside]
(posting for a buddy of mine) Is it ever ok to take pictures at the memorial of a recently deceased friend? [more inside]
How should I go about finding someone to build a custom guitar display case? [more inside]
What do churches need? My late mother-in-law's birthday is coming up next month, and I want to get something for the church that she served as an organist for 30 years to commemorate her life (she passed in September 2009) [more inside]
commemorating the 10-year anniversary of a parent's death? [more inside]
Beautiful, uplifting, Christian hymn or music for a memorial service? [more inside]
Looking to donate a large amount of CDs. Prefer to keep them together. Difficulty: would like to part with them in one week. Boston area but am willing to look further afield. [more inside]
Please help me find a literary and beautiful memorial service poem or passage for an actor, raconteur, well-read Renaissance man. A small group of friends is gathering to remember our actor friend. He was the perfect Falstaff and Dr. Faustus, but the poem/passage does not have to come from those works. It could be about acting, leaving the stage, turning off the lights, etc. but not clichéd or maudlin. Thank you.
I'd like the take the out-of-state girlfriend on a weekend trip for Memorial Day weekend, any suggestions for destinations/activities? [Central KY] [more inside]
What happens at an 'azkara' (Jewish memorial service)? [more inside]
Copyright issues with memorial DVDs? [more inside]
What procedure would one conceivably follow in order to propose a hiking trail be named for a person in the state of Oregon? [more inside]
Did I dream this? I am trying to find an article I thought I saw on MetaFilter, but perhaps I read it elsewhere. [more inside]
Is there a way to watch the Michael Jackson memorial AFTER it's over, online? [more inside]
best intersection near staples center in los angeles to find potential ticket scalpers for michael jackson memorial? [more inside]
Music Filter - I need some good songs by Modest Mouse and The Bravery for a memorial DVD I'm creating for a funeral service (18 year old male died in a car accident). Hey, Modest Mouse fans, what songs should I use? [more inside]
I need the best recording of "I'll Be Seeing You" that you can recommend. [more inside]
Where can I find details about a fatal accident that occurred in my (fairly small) town in 1999 and, more importantly, would it be inappropriate to put new flowers on an old, unkempt memorial marker? [more inside]
I need moving, christian-esque, uplifting music for a photo montage DVD that will be played for my father-in-laws memorial service. Suggestions?
The son of a dear friend passed away unexpectedly yesterday, from complications following minor surgery. This young man was serving in the US Navy on a sub, and now we are looking for a Navy-related charity we could make a donation to in memory of this young man. Suggestions?
What software should I use for a collaborative memorial blog? [more inside]
In-medium tributes: Can you think of instances where fans/players have died and been memorialized in some way in a show or game (if you can think of other forms where this has happened go right ahead)? Examples would be Leyla Harrison (X-Files) or Dak "Caylee" Krause (World of Warcraft).
My parents are both well into their eighties now with health failing just a little bit more each year. How do I prepare myself for their eventual death? [more inside]
What are some good non-religious readings I can use at a memorial service? [more inside]
It's customary for each graduating class to present a class stone which is ceremonially imbedded in this path-way at my high school; somehow I got roped into getting the one for '08, and since I have less than a month to figure this out, I could really use some ideas! [more inside]
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