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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

Why a Permanent Memorial is Always Important

Many Broome and Tioga County families find that cremation meets their family’s needs best. Even if cremation is your loved one’s choice, we always try to stress the importance of establishing a permanent memorial for a loved one. We have found this can be very helpful to the… Read More

Why Gratitude is Important for the New Year

The new year is upon us, and we know many of our neighbors in Broome and Tioga County are likely still thinking about their New Year’s resolutions. This is the time for not only a refresh, but it’s a chance to consciously do something different in the coming year. Read More

How to Get Your Affairs in Order

Our staff at Allen Memorial Home meets with Endicott families every day who have stories like these: Jean’s Story Jean and her husband, Jerry, recently celebrated 60 years of marriage. Jerry has always managed their money, but Jean is concerned he is showing signs of dementia. There… Read More

5 Ways to Help Children Remember Their Grandparents

For many children, a grandparent’s love is like none other. The security, the steadiness, the warmth – that kind of love fosters a connection that cannot be replicated. That kind of love is also why the death of a grandparent can leave a child – no matter their age –… Read More