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Category Archives: Grieving

July 10, 2020



Every day is full of moments. Moments charged with opportunity.

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July 13, 2016

Roses are Red…

funeral flowers

Are flowers really necessary at a funeral? Is it a withering tradition? I mean, they just get thrown away after it’s over, right? People often state that flowers are pointless because they end up in the trash, but flowers add dignity and beauty to a service. Thankfully, the days of flowers’ main purpose of perfuming …

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June 22, 2016

So Many Choices…

Whether you are planning ahead for yourself or facing the sudden loss of a loved one, the task of choosing a funeral home to best meet your needs can be a bit daunting. What considerations should be made? You keep reading, I’ll keep writing, and we’ll meet up at the end. The main idea behind …

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May 27, 2016

Should we take the kids?

kids at a funeral

When a close relative or friend dies, many parents of teens and young children often ask themselves the same questions, “Should we take the kids?”, “What do we say?”, “What should we do?” As we struggle with the death of a loved one, we need to realize that children struggle, too, and it’s often because …

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April 13, 2016

Keeping the Flame Alive


Sometimes people who lose a loved one tend to worry that the day will come when they will forget the one they lost; every memory, their voice, their face, their laugh, their personality. To be quite honest, I think that is a valid concern.

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April 5, 2016

Keeping Them Close to Your Heart

Keepsakes Lancaster PA

How would you like to be able to keep a little something of a loved one who has passed? Not just a favorite picture or tea set, but a special something that can be your personal connection to them throughout your lifetime.

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February 23, 2016

Rock On

burial lancaster pa

The first time I took my daughter to a cemetery, we had a brief conversation about their purpose while we were driving there. As soon as we arrived at the entrance, she looked around and declared, “Mommy, look at all of those rocks!

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February 16, 2016

Peace & Hope Following a Miscarriage

May 19 and August 31 will be very painful anniversaries for the remainder of my lifetime; I expect that January 19 and April 25 of 2016 to carry the same weight of loss and emptiness.

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February 2, 2016

Writing an Obituary…is there an app for that?

how to write an obituary

We’ve all read them, some make us laugh and others are very brief and to the point. Sometimes they even come as a heartbreaking surprise. But when suddenly faced with the necessary task of writing an obituary, people often develop writer’s block. Is there a right or wrong way to write an obituary?

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December 22, 2014

Combating Grief Around the Holidays

People who lose a loved one will experience many “firsts” in the year following the death of their loved one, with the first set of holidays being especially difficult for many. It’s a strange feeling to have one less person at the holiday table, one fewer gift to purchase, one holiday card not needing to be addressed. Learning to cope with grief can help make the holidays a time of celebration rather than one of sadness.

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Our five funeral homes in Lancaster County makes it easy and convenient to make arrangements and host services close to home.

  • Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home Downtown Lancaster
  • 414 East King St.
  • 717-393-9661
  • Charles F. (Chip) Snyder, Jr. Funeral Director / Supervisor
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  • Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home Lititz Pike
  • 3110 Lititz Pike
  • 717-560-5100
  • Charles F. (Chad) Snyder, III Funeral Director / Supervisor
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  • Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home Millersville
  • 441 North George St.
  • 717-872-5041
  • Mark D. Burkholder Funeral Director / Supervisor
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  • Spacht-Snyder Family Funeral Home Lititz, PA
  • 127 South Broad St.
  • 717-626-2317
  • Jacqueline Adamson Funeral Director / Supervisor
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  • Bachman-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory Strasburg, PA
  • 7 South Decatur Street
  • 717-687-7644
  • Norman T. MableFuneral Director / Supervisor
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