Family Legacy Projects
A Life Untold
We believe it should be easy, fun and affordable for anyone to record their life story.
Family Heritage Publishers
Saving the stories of your life in a custom book by Family Heritage Publishers may be among the most important things you ever do! It can impact lives for generations to come.
Preserve meaningful moments and memories in a beautiful keepsake book. Then, share the experience with loved ones and discover stories you never knew.
U Build A Book
UBuildABook is a great way to preserve your memories. Old photos tend to yellow and get more and more brittle as time goes on and memories seem to fade, so why not preserve your family memories in a book which can be passed down?
Crisis Counselor VIA TEXTING
Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor
International Hotlines/ Resources
Suicide hotlines by country
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Resources
Resources for behavioral and substance abuse disorders – treatment referral center open 24/7 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States. Call 988 from any US phone for help.
The Alzheimer’s Association leads the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.
The Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900) is available around the clock, 365 days a year. Through this free service, specialists and master’s-level clinicians offer confidential support and information to people living with dementia, caregivers, families and the public. 24/7 Helpline: 800-272-3900
Dementia.org is part of the Healthcare Brands’ network of websites. Healthcare Brands provides consumers with easy-to-find and easy-to-understand health information. We work closely with the top-most echelon of experts in their respective fields to acquire and curate articles from around the world that are current and evidence-based.
Dementia Care – U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Care for Veterans with Alzheimer’s or dementia is provided throughout the full range of VA health care services. Depending on the Veteran’s needs, services may include Home Based Primary Care, Homemaker and Home Health Aide, Respite Care, Adult Day Health Care, outpatient clinic, inpatient hospital, Nursing Home, Palliative Care, or Hospice Care. Caregiver support is also an essential part of these services.
Dementia Society of America
Our programs bring much-needed education, local resources, and life-enrichment to individuals and families impacted by Dementia.
Lewy Body Dementia Resource Center
LBDRC’s mission is to raise much-needed awareness of LBD through the dissemination of information to health care professionals and the general public, while offering loving support and services to people with LBD and their care partners. By promoting these efforts, as well as early detection and diagnosis, we aim to help those living with LBD and their families find the quality support they desperately need while advocating for increased funding and research.
Anatomy Gifts Registry provides an alternative to traditional final arrangement options, including nearly free cremation services. By donating your body to science, individuals have a real and lasting way to support medical research advancements that impact the lives of future generations for decades to come. Through the benefits of whole-body donation, medical communities are able to continue to discover cures and therapies for many diseases and conditions currently afflicting patients across the world.
Covid 19 CDC Funeral Guidance
Latest information on funeral gatherings, bodies and what is safe.
Funeral Program Printing & Products
24 hr turn around for programs, memorial cards & more. 1 (888) 432-8363
Green Burial Council
Green burial is a way of caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact that aids in the conservation of natural resources, reduction of carbon emissions, protection of worker health,and the restoration and/or preservation of habitat.
Recompose works directly with you and the people in your life to ensure respectful, empathetic service from the time of death through the body’s transformation into soil. We’re here to support you. Contact us at (206) 800-8733
Center for Loss & Life Transition
The Center for Loss and Life Transition is dedicated to “companioning” grieving people as they mourn significant transitions and losses that transform their lives. They also have an extraordinary collection of writing by Dr. Alan Wolfelt the founder, that covers all ages, stages and unique circumstances surrounding loss and grief. 1 (970) 226-6050
Connect with other people coping with grief after losing a spouse. Join an online support group led by a mental health professional. First meeting free.
The mission of The Compassionate Friends: When a child dies, at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel hopeless and isolated. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.
GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. Loss and grief resources.
The National Widower’s Organization
The National Widower’s Organization is the best place to learn about how men grieve. On this site, you’ll find books, blogs, articles by experts, and much more to help you cope with your loss.
Alternative Cremation & Burial Options
Information about Burials at Sea
A burial at sea can be a lower-cost alternative to a traditional funeral, but doesn’t make it any less respectful, expressive, or meaningful.
Article – What to do with Cremation Ashes
With cremation, there’s a world of possibilities regarding what to do with a loved one’s ashes. While many people choose to keep their loved ones close in an urn, the sky is truly the limit. From scattering ashes somewhere special to creating a unique work of art, it’s possible to turn your loved one’s cremated remains into a legacy in itself.
Ashes at Sea
Based in California – but can make arrangements elsewhere. The journey will lead you to a timeless adventure, a moment of truth when the mind, body and heart come together in the decision to…let go. When you hold the flower-covered ash basket, then pass it to the next person. This is an act of love; best when it’s given away. Phone: (310) 372-7211 | Email: Capt. Saber at firstname.lastname@example.org and he’ll get back to you right away.
Better Place Forests (includes Pets too!)
Return your ashes to the earth beneath a memorial tree your family and friends can visit for years to come. Gorgeous landscapes become forests we will protect. We map sections, pathways and a visitor’s center to create a final resting place set in nature’s beauty. Phone: 877-830-8311 | Email: email@example.com
Burial In Space – Beyond Burials
Space Burials are the new unique, affordable, and memorable way to celebrate the life of those we love. We send the remains of yourself or a loved one into space with a burial of your choosing so they can live forever in space.
The Living Urn – bio urn for trees & keepsakes (for Pets too!)
The patented Living Urn® is America’s first and leading bio urn & planting system designed to grow a beautiful, enduring memory tree, plant, or flowers with cremated remains. Please call us at (800) 495-7022 ext. 0
Navy Veterans – Burial at Sea
Questions concerning Burial-at-Sea? Please call Monday – Friday, 0730-1600 Central Time, Toll Free – 1-866-787-0081
New England Burial at Sea
Ash Scatterings and Burials at Sea from Maine to Miami and San Diego to Seattle. Captain Brad White Toll Free Reservations: (877) 897.7700 | Boat Phone: (617) 966.1986 | E-Mail: OceanBurial@aol.com
Rest Ashured – Mountains or Sea in the Blue Ridge Mountains
Rest Ashured Ash Scattering Services offer reverent ash scattering options at sea or in beautiful mountaintop settings in the Blue Ridge Mountains. 434-534-4007 | firstname.lastname@example.org | Main Office: Forest, VA | Open M-F, 9AM-5PM
Sea Burials – Florida
Celebrate your loved ones with a beautiful remembrance at Sea. Our process is healing and elegant as we honor them with a beautiful ceremony for that final goodbye. Call or Text: 954-884-8072
American Music Therapy
Research supports Music Therapy effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people’s motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings. email@example.com
During serious illness, CaringInfo is here to help you make informed decisions about care and services before a crisis. Understanding and discussing topics like advance directives, , caregiving and hospice care may feel overwhelming on top of dealing with a serious or life-limiting illness. Our guides and resources are here to help you through the journey you are on and to aid you in understanding the choices you have.
Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project
High levels of compassion fatigue can be managed with a number of authentic, sustainable strategies. This site has numerous resources we have found for caregivers working in many professions. The Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project also offers original training materials, workbooks, and texts.
Hadley – Low Vision Resources
Hadley offers practical help, connection and support free of charge to anyone with a visual impairment, their families and professionals supporting them. With Hadley, you can discover new ways to do things that have become more difficult due to vision loss and connect with a network of peers who “get it.” And you don’t need to come to Hadley. Hadley’s help comes to you; online, on the phone or through the mail.
A digital life story that can be read by busy frontline caregivers in one minute, it combines the power of storytelling with innovative data insights to help care providers provide more empathetic and personalized care to their patients.
National Alliance for Caregiving
Established in 1996, NAC is dedicated to improving the quality of life for friend and family caregivers and those in their care, by advancing research, advocacy, and innovation. firstname.lastname@example.org
Adaptive clothing is specially designed clothing to help make it easier for people who have difficulty dressing. Having clothing that has been adapted can make such a positive difference in a person’s life by giving them the independence to continue to dress themselves or enable carers to dress them with ease and comfort.
Household Help – Online Tools
CaringBridge is your free online tool for sharing health updates. It is an easy and ad-free way to communicate health news to family and friends—all in one place. 1 (651) 789-2300 | email@example.com
CareCircle helps you share health updates with friends and family. We know how frustrating it is to answer countless emails and phone calls, so we’re here to help you communicate and build relationships while you focus on your health.
Meal Train simplifies the organization of meal giving around significant life events. We strive to simplify and promote interpersonal relationships between friends, families, and neighbors through meals.
AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age.
The Alzheimer’s Association leads the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Together, We Can End Alzheimer’s Disease.
American Diabetes Association
At the American Diabetes Association, we’re fighting back with research, education, and advocacy. And we’re not stopping until there’s a cure.
Massive online resources for: general information, low income seniors, grocery shopping for seniors, video chat resources, online games, online Zoo, National Park and Art Museum virtual tours, online fitness classes, streaming radio, online TV music & theater performances, online food delivery & meal prep kits and pet care and supplies.
Resources, connecting, statistic, & more. Sign up to save lives. Take a minute to help those in need. Sign up as an organ, eye, and tissue donor. Every registration counts.
7 Important Benefits Veterans’ Survivors Should Know
From health care to education, help is available to military families. AARP Article
The American Legion Military and Veteran Burial Benefits and Funeral Honors
One of the eventualities in life that spouses and families of veterans face is the death of their loved one who served America in uniform. To help ease the burden on loved ones, veterans can make preparations in advance.
The Casualty Assistance Program Gold Star & Surviving Family Members – Resources
The Department of Defense’s Casualty Assistance Program makes sure that military families have support in their time of need, including understanding all benefits and other forms of assistance.
Death, Burial & Survivor Benefits for Veterans Burial Benefits, Death Benefits, and Memorial Items for Veterans
If you’re a veteran and your discharge was not dishonorable, you are probably eligible for burial in a national veterans cemetery. If you’re buried in a private cemetery, your family may be entitled to a veteran’s burial allowance. You are paying for the veteran’s burial and funeral costs. No other organization will reimburse you. You can receive military funeral honors and memorial items whether you’re interred in a veterans cemetery or a private one.
DAV – Disabled American Veterans Organization
When a death in the family happens, all too often, survivors find themselves ill-prepared to cope with the recent loss. Decisions have to be made, and if eligible, paperwork must be submitted to ensure VA benefits are received on the veteran’s behalf. If you think you might qualify for veterans’ death benefits, a DAV national service officer (NSO) can help you and your family at no charge or obligation. They are experienced with helping to ease the burden when a death in the family occurs. Find your local DAV office
Navy Veterans – Burial at Sea
Questions concerning Burial-at-Sea? Please call Monday – Friday, 0730-1600 Central Time Toll Free – 1-866-787-0081
The Neptune Society
Article and resources – Veteran Cremation Costs: What Military Members and their Families Need to Know.
The Patriot Guard
100% Volunteer organization whose main mission is to attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family. Each mission we undertake has two basic objectives:
- Show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities.
- Shield the mourning family and their friends from interruptions created by any protester or a group of protesters.
Additionally, we have an active Help On The Homefront (HOTH) program, which provides assistance to our veterans and their families.
Things to Know and Do Before a Veteran Dies
Sadly, our time with our loved one will come to end one day. We hope that time is in the distant future, but we know that one day we will face this loss. To help prepare you and your family, the Columbus VA Palliative Care Team has developed this resource guide.
Note: Hats off to the Franklin County Ohio Veterans Service Commission for creating this very helpful and informative Website!
Our Service Is 100% Free to Veterans and Their Families. Learn About How Much You Are Eligible for and How to Apply and et Availability, Costs and Reviews for Eligible Care Communities Near You.
We Honor Veterans
The “No Veteran Dies Alone” (NVDA) program is inspired by the program called “No One Dies Alone,” and is designed to honor Veterans and to meet the needs of those Veterans who, for whatever reason, find themselves alone. This training manual and videos created in partnership with the PsychArmor Institute and Department of Veterans Affairs assists educators in engaging the community, especially Veteran volunteers, in improving end-of-life (EOL) care for Veterans. After completing their training, these volunteers will have expertise in military culture and the dying process and be able to provide the comfort of presence at the bedside when family and friends are unable to be near their loved ones. The two videos based on the NVDA volunteer training units “Introduction to Hospice and Palliative Care” and “Concepts of Death, Dying, and Grief” provide an overview so they may contribute to the comfort as part of the care plan to honor Veterans’ preferences.
What to Do When a Veteran Has Passed Away
The passing of a loved one can be an extremely difficult, emotional time. Unfortunately, there are usually many What to Do When a Veteran Has Passed Away; decisions to be made and actions to be taken by the surviving spouse and/or children, especially if the loved one was a veteran of U.S. military service. While there are numerous benefits, honors, and services to claim in your veteran’s name, it’s helpful to be prepared and organized to ensure his or her service is properly honored.