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Hunting History Among the Headstones

Genealogical research is becoming a popular activity, with more people than ever trying to uncover their families’ histories. There are a host of websites that allow for searching records of gravesites, birth certificates, marriage licenses, divorce decrees, death certificates, and other documents.

In fact, just by spitting into a tube, you can send away your DNA to have it analyzed for the purpose of learning about familial ties and uncovering personal history.

If personal and community history interest you, a cemetery is an interesting place to search. It all starts with a death certificate, which can be found with a bit of online research. The death certificate can lead you to the cemetery, where you may be able to use a map to locate the gravesites you seek. Once you know where to look, it’s time to explore.

What should you take along on this expedition?

  • Have a camera to document what you find. It’s also a good idea to bring a notebook and a pen. That way, you can write down the information, because sometimes headstones that are legible in person are often difficult to read in a photograph.

  • A pair of gloves is useful. Sturdy work gloves will help you delicately clear away any rubble or debris that could prevent you from closely examining the headstones.

  • Wear long pants. You don’t know whether you’ll have to trek through high grass, which can be a welcoming environment for snakes, rodents, and insects. Long pants and long sleeves are often your best bet for protection against whatever you encounter.

  • Sturdy shoes are a must. Terrain can be uneven in a cemetery, so make sure your shoes are good for walking on gravel, in the grass, and on any other surface.

  • Bring a damp cloth and a plastic brush in case the headstones need cleaning. Don’t use any cleaning products or even things like baby powder or shaving cream because they can damage older stones. Instead, just use a plastic brush and a damp cloth. Another valuable tool is a small paintbrush, which will help you brush dirt from delicate surfaces without causing any harm.

If you believe a loved one is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, we’re happy to have you look around. We’ve been here since 1907, and our property is the chosen final resting place for many notable former residents of Tucson. What’s more, our beautifully maintained property makes it easy to find what you seek. If you’re interested in learning more about Evergreen Mortuary, Cemetery & Crematory, we’d love to have you come to visit. Call (520) 257-4831 or pop by to take a look.

5 Benefits of Funeral Pre-Planning [INFOGRAPHIC]

People pre-plan almost every major life event, but funeral pre-planning is the one occasion that often slips through the cracks. Although the idea of funeral pre-planning may initially feel uncomfortable, it is one of the most loving gestures you can make to your family. When you pre-plan funeral services, you take the burden of planning off the shoulders of your loved ones at a time when they will already be coping with the stress of grief. Pre-planning also gives you the opportunity to protect your loved ones financially from the cost of funerals by pre-paying for all or some of your service or purchasing funeral insurance policies to cover the costs. Find out more about the benefits of funeral pre-planning in this infographic from Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery. Let us walk you through pre-planning a funeral in Tucson so you can feel confident that you’re doing everything you can to support your family when you’re gone. Spread the word about the benefits of pre-planning by sharing this information.

Funeral Planning Tucson

Tips for Following Proper Funeral Etiquette

A funeral service is an important ritual that allows families to grieve and find closure following the loss of a loved one. If you’re planning to attend a funeral and have questions about what is expected of you, then watch this video to learn about proper funeral etiquette.

Prior to the funeral service, make a brief appearance at the wake and express your condolences to the family. Remember that it’s important to wear appropriate funeral attire to both the wake and the funeral, and going with a black suit or dress is always a good option. Send flowers to the family or funeral home or make a charitable donation, if requested.

If you’re in need of mortuary or funeral services in Tucson, then please contact Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery today by calling (520) 888-7470.

Why Consider Funeral Pre-Planning?

Funeral Pre-Planning Tucson

More and more, individuals are opting to arrange their funerals in advance. However, because it’s natural to avoid thinking about death, many people never consider taking advantage of funeral pre-planning. Read on to learn how you could benefit from pre-planning your funeral.

To Design Your Funeral
If you’ve ever thought that you want a specific song to be played at your funeral, that you wish to be buried in a specific cemetery, or that you would prefer cremation for yourself over a traditional burial, then you have a reason to consider funeral pre-planning. By making decisions in advance regarding how your funeral will be carried out, you can feel comfortable with the knowledge that your wishes will be known following your passing.

To Support Your Family
Planning a funeral while dealing with the grief of losing a loved one can be an incredibly stressful process. If you want to relieve your surviving family from the burden of making the many decisions involved with funeral planning after your death, then consider funeral pre-planning. This option will provide your family members with information regarding your wishes and relieve them from having to guess at what you would have wanted.

To Make Financial Arrangements
With the many services involved, the costs of arranging a funeral can add up quickly and put a burden on your surviving family members. If you want to be sure that the costs of your funeral are covered in advance, then you can include this as part of the pre-planning process. Additionally, you can make the arrangements necessary for your bank accounts, benefits, and estate to be organized and in the right hands following your passing.

If you’re interested in funeral pre-planning in Tucson, then look no further than Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery. In addition to mortuary, cremation, and cemetery services, we offer several resources to help you pre-plan a funeral ceremony of your choosing. Please call (520) 257-4831 for more information.

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