End of Life Resources

Coroner

What is a Coroner and What Do They Do?

People often confuse coroners with Medical Examiners. Although they are associated with the same line of work, there are key differences. A Medical Examiner is a licensed forensic pathologist (Medical Doctor) specializing in the investigation of violent, unexpected, suspicious or unattended deaths. A coroner on the other hand, is an elected or appointed public official whose primary duty is to determine and certify cause of death. READ MORE

What is a Death Certificate and why do you need one?

A death certificate is an official document issued by the government, which declares cause of death, location of death, time of death and some other personal information about the deceased.

There are several reasons why you may need to obtain a death certificate. Most often it’s to serve as proof for legal purposes. These reasons may include accessing pension benefits, claiming life insurance, settling estates, getting married (if a widow or widower needs to prove that their previous partner has passed), or arranging for a funeral. Government officials may need the death certificate to review the cause of death during investigations to determine if foul-play occurred. Public health officials use death certificates to compile data on various statistics, including leading causes of death. Public health policies depend heavily on the mortality data from death certificates because they are the only source of information about the causes of death and illnesses preceding death. READ MORE

Hope for the Holidays: 5 Tips for Turning Holiday Grief into Optimism

The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy, but not everyone embraces the season with eagerness and a happy heart. Those who suffer grief over the death of a loved one often dread the holidays, when feelings of loss can be most powerful. Fortunately, there is hope–and help–for holiday grievers. Not only can grief be managed and eased during the holidays, it’s possible to endure the season with a healthy dose of optimism.READ MORE

What is a Eulogy?

Eulogies have been around for a long time. The first known documentation of the word appears in the 15th century and came from the Medieval Latin term “eulogium”, although it’s very likely that people have been offering up different forms of eulogies long before that.READ MORE

What Does a Funeral Director Do?

The primary role of the Funeral Director is two-fold. First, to facilitate the entire funeral planning process and to make sure that everything gets completed according to the wishes of the family. And second, to serve as a counselor to families going through a particularly difficult time. READ MORE

Shifting Trend Towards Cremation in the Funeral Home Industry

According to a recent article in time.com, almost 1 in 2 Americans were cremated in 2015, surpassing burial rates for the first time. Time Magazine states that according to the Cremation Association of North America, the cremation rate for 2015 was almost 49% nationwide, compared with an estimated burial rate of 45%. This is quite amazing when you consider that just 35 years ago, the cremation rate stood at around 10%. READ MORE

Planning for Death

We liked this article that was recently published on www.montereyherald.com written by Liza Horvath, a professional trustee and estate planner with more than 30 years’ experience. In the article, Liza discusses some of the most important items that need to be considered when planning for death or at the time of passing, such as knowing ahead of time if you intend to donate your body to science or have your organs donated. Both are time sensitive.READ MORE