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Welcome to our blog. In addition to the informational pages we provide on the site, we felt the need to address some of the topics and questions we come across frequently in a more candid and long form setting. If you have topics of interest that you're more interested in hearing about, feel free to contact us and we'll be happy to hear from you.
By Colonial Funeral Home 12 Dec, 2017
Nowadays, it is almost impossible to go to a funeral service without seeing flowers displayed. Flowers have long been a part of funeral services. In fact, according to some, funeral flowers date back over 62,000 years. Even if you are unable to attend the service, many people choose
to send flowers to express their condolences and be a part of the day nonetheless.

To help you understand funeral flowers and everything you need to know about them, we’ve have created this helpful guide to assist you.
By Colonial Funeral Home 14 Nov, 2017
As a member of the military, a veteran makes many sacrifices in order to defend our nation and protect the freedoms we enjoy. Because of the bravery and dedication these men and women display, we honor their passing with a military funeral. A military funeral is often a more formal affair than a traditional funeral and rightly so. If you or a loved one will be planning or attending a military funeral, this post will provide you with all of the details you need to know.
By Colonial Funeral Home 12 Oct, 2017

When the conversation comes up of how you want to be remembered, people often fall into one of two groups.

The first is the group that wants nothing. They say they don’t want you to fuss over their death, they’re not going to be there to attend the event, so why would you go all out for them. The second group is the people who go to the other end of the spectrum. They want everyone to go all out, include everything that they loved and make a big deal about their death.

By Colonial Funeral Home 19 Sep, 2017
At Colonial Funeral Home, giving back to those in our community is something we take great pride in. As a community business leader, we believe in leading by example and hope to inspire other local businesses to get involved and help local charities and organizations in our area thrive. One such local charity we are proud to be a partner with is the Grace Foundation.

The Grace Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. This neurological disorder is something that can greatly impact the lives of children and adults in our community with 1 in 68 children being diagnosed annually.

This is a cause that is close to all of our hearts here at Colonial Funeral home with our owner, Michael Lanza serving on the organizations' board.
By Colonial Funeral Home 15 Sep, 2017
Over the years, our Staten Island funeral home has helped hundreds of families plan a funeral to say goodbye to a loved one. While no two funerals are ever the same, the funeral planning checklist most people go through is almost always identical. With every funeral, there are certain steps that every family goes through like selecting a casket, choosing a burial plot, and purchasing flowers for the service. While many of these steps are common and seem like a no brainer, there are also many things that people often forget when it comes time to plan a funeral.
By Colonial Funeral Home 10 Aug, 2017

Whether you are arranging a funeral for a loved one who has just passed away or pre-planning your own service, navigating the waters of a funeral arrangement can be difficult. One such area that many families struggle with is the selection of funeral products.

Whether it is a casket or an urn, this will serve as the final resting place for loved one’s remains. It is important to select a product that you feel reflects their tastes and does not sacrifice on quality or beauty. Nowadays, this decision can be harder than ever with manufacturers producing a range of products in various styles and designs.

To help you better understand the options of products available to you, we have compiled this helpful guide to understanding funeral products.

By Colonial Funeral Home 05 Jun, 2017
When you lose a loved one, you will likely spend some time wondering what do you write on a headstone . A short message referred to as an epitaph is usually added to a headstone along with a person’s name, birth date, and death date. Typically, the goal of the epitaph is to leave some words of wisdom, share the most important values of the deceased, or summarize the person’s life. It represents a bond between the living and the dead.
By Colonial Funeral Home 04 May, 2017

“Times they are changing”, when Bob Dylan released his iconic song in 1963, he was referencing the civil rights movement that was happening in the US. Today, that quote means something very different than it did 54 years ago. Technology has drastically changed how we can communicate with each other. Advancements to technology have allowed families and friends to connect with each other from across the world.

In the funeral home world, technology advancements have made it easier to pay tribute to a loved one. What once could only be said in person or through a letter, can now be said through online tributes and video condolences.  

When you lose a loved one, obviously you want to go to their service to pay tribute to them and celebrate their life. For some though, you may be in a situation where attending the service just isn’t possible. In today’s digital world, that doesn’t mean you can’t pay tribute. In the past, you could only read someone’s obituary in a newspaper. Today, not only can read the obituary online, but you can leave your own online tributes and condolences. You can even share the obituary and your condolence with hundreds of others in your network to see.

Video condolences have taken paying tribute one step further. Now instead of simply writing a condolence, you can record a video and leave it for the family to see. Video condolences allow you to add a more personal touch. What makes them even better, is that you can leave a video condolence from anywhere. You can simply record it on your phone, tablet, or computer and you can upload it immediately.

By Colonial Funeral Home 21 Mar, 2017

In 2005, cremation was the second most popular death care choice made by American families with over 60% choosing either to be buried or to bury their loved ones. In just a little over a decade since, that figure has been completely flipped upside down. In 2016, over 70% of American families chose to seek out cremation services at their local funeral home. This unprecedented trend has brought us to question, why is cremation becoming more popular? The truth is, there are many factors contributing to the popularity of cremation. In this blog post we will review these factors and help readers understand what this means for the future of death care.

First and foremost, cremation is a more affordable option than the traditional burial. Plain and simple. The average urn price is much lower than the average price of a casket, and burial plots are becoming increasingly scarce which has resulted in a buying frenzy that can be likened to a booming housing market. Secondly, the cremation trend can be attributed to a growing environmental consciousness that has seen many Americans taking action to decrease their overall footprint. Thirdly, people choose cremation over burial due to various cultural and religious reasons.

In the Fall of last year, the National Funeral Director’s Association released a report covering all of the major consumer trends in the death care industry. According to the findings of that eye-opening report by the year 2035 the cremation rate in North America will near 90%. That means, in addition to accommodating changing preferences, the traditional funeral home will have to reshape the way they communicate with families.

By Colonial Funeral Home 12 Dec, 2017
Nowadays, it is almost impossible to go to a funeral service without seeing flowers displayed. Flowers have long been a part of funeral services. In fact, according to some, funeral flowers date back over 62,000 years. Even if you are unable to attend the service, many people choose
to send flowers to express their condolences and be a part of the day nonetheless.

To help you understand funeral flowers and everything you need to know about them, we’ve have created this helpful guide to assist you.
By Colonial Funeral Home 14 Nov, 2017
As a member of the military, a veteran makes many sacrifices in order to defend our nation and protect the freedoms we enjoy. Because of the bravery and dedication these men and women display, we honor their passing with a military funeral. A military funeral is often a more formal affair than a traditional funeral and rightly so. If you or a loved one will be planning or attending a military funeral, this post will provide you with all of the details you need to know.
By Colonial Funeral Home 12 Oct, 2017

When the conversation comes up of how you want to be remembered, people often fall into one of two groups.

The first is the group that wants nothing. They say they don’t want you to fuss over their death, they’re not going to be there to attend the event, so why would you go all out for them. The second group is the people who go to the other end of the spectrum. They want everyone to go all out, include everything that they loved and make a big deal about their death.

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