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5 Ways to Honor Your Loved One in the Years After Their Death

In talking to Broome and Tioga County families over the years, many have described how grief has a tendency to “sneak in” after losing a loved one. Our staff at Allen Memorial Home can relate. Something as simple as hearing a particular song on the… Read More

Creating a Memorial Garden Helps in Healing After a Loss

There’s an old Chinese proverb that says, “If you want to be happy for a lifetime, be a gardener.” Our Allen Memorial Home staff wants to give this sentiment a new twist by saying, “If you want help healing after a loss, be a gardener.” In our own… Read More

Empowering Those at the End of Their Lives Through Preplanning

People can be a little unsettled by a discussion about death, but it’s so important that end-of-life discussions happen within all Broome and Tioga County families, as well as between a family or individual and a trusted funeral home. From our experience at Allen Memorial Home, making… Read More

What Happens to Social Media Accounts When a Loved One Dies?

It’s a question our staff is hearing more and more often these days at Allen Memorial Home: “My sister/aunt/friend has died, but their social media is still active. What can I do to turn it off?” Others have asked us what will happen to their own posts, photos,… Read More

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