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Why You Should Have a Funeral

When it comes to making end-of-life arrangements, every family has a different set of needs and wishes. Our professional staff at Allen Memorial Home is ready to accommodate your family and guide you through every choice associated with this process. While different religious and cultural customs may… Read More

10 Ideas to Help Children Remember a Loved One

Saying goodbye to a special person who has died is one of the most painful and confusing experiences a child can go through. One way to support them through it is to think of ways to honor and remember the loved one in years to come. These activities or… Read More

The Many Options That Come with Cremation

Years ago, there was one factor that kept many families from considering cremation when they were planning a funeral: People used to believe that if they chose cremation they could not have a funeral service, or if they did, it wouldn’t be as meaningful as it might be… Read More

The Physical Effects of Grief

When Diane’s mother died after a long battle with cancer and Alzheimer’s, Diane felt both grieved and relieved. For years, she had juggled caregiving for her mother, a demanding job as a nurse, and parenting two teenagers. It was an exhausting combination. Diane figured that after her mother’s… Read More

How to Make a Veteran’s Funeral Special

Our staff at Allen Memorial Home agrees there is no greater honor than caring for veterans and their families. We will never forget moving moments like these: Soldiers presenting the folded American flag to a grieving family. A bugler playing Taps.  A three-gun volley fired by service… Read More

A Letter to Grieving Mothers 

Dear grieving mothers, It’s not supposed to be this way. This is not the life you dreamed of, hoped for, expected. Parents aren’t supposed to bury their children; parents are supposed to die first. That’s the natural order of things. What you’ve experienced is unnatural. It feels wrong because it… Read More

What are Our Options? Alternatives to Traditional Funerals

If a member of our care team here in Tioga and Broome county asked you what you envision for your own funeral, what would you say? Would it look like other services you have attended, perhaps held in a place of worship or a funeral home? Would… Read More

Why More People are Writing Light-Hearted Obituaries

When you think of writing a meaningful obituary for a loved one who has died, adding light-hearted stories or details may not occur to you. Yet more families in Tioga and Broome counties and beyond are featuring funny, optimistic, and even playful content in an attempt to express… Read More

When You Don’t Know What to Say at a Visitation

We’ve talked to countless people in Tioga and Broome counties over the years who have a story like this one: My elderly neighbor died last week and I read in her online obituary that there’s a visitation, funeral, and reception this weekend. I cared about my… Read More

How To Embrace Life During a Season Of Uncertainty

Families in Broome and Tioga counties know that life changes are around every corner. With all the uncertainty we’re consistently exposed to, especially under the ongoing COVID-19 circumstances, it’s possible you may be feeling a bit unsure of what happens next. While no one really knows the answer, we… Read More