Funeral Service Additions To Slightly Lighten The Atmosphere

Funerals can be a difficult event to attend no matter how close you were to the person who has passed, but part of what makes funerals so emotional is the grief-filled atmosphere and traditional funeral setting. However, it is always helpful if you can lighten the atmosphere slightly to make the funeral service less of a time of mourning and more of a time of celebrating a life lived. If you are in charge of making funeral plans, there are a few creative ways you can bring some life celebration to the occasion that will not take a great deal of time or effort on your part. Implement a Memory Jar and Share Memories with the Guests At a table near the entrance of the funeral home, possibly where a loved one’s photo would usually be displayed, arrange a memory jar that will be clearly visible to all of the guests as they arrive. A memory jar is merely a large jar that holds a photo of a loved one and can be filled with handwritten memories by guests of times they shared with the departed loved one. Place a stationery pad and pens at the table with the jar and instructions for guests who may be unfamiliar with the idea. The memories inside can be shared either at the funeral, during a later memorial service, or just sent home with the closest living relatives. Photographed Memory Balloons When you contact loved ones to let them know about the funeral and visitation, ask if they could bring a favorite photo of the loved one who has passed away or special picture of an occasion they would like to share. At the funeral service, arrange helium filled balloons in various locations, such as in a seating area or near floral arrangements, and place small clips on the bottom of each one that can be used to hold a photo. The guests at the funeral service can place their pictures at the base of the balloons to share their own memories with the rest of the visitors who are there. It may be unavoidable for a funeral to involve some sadness and tears, but taking a few minutes to add some creative ideas to share with the guests can help make things a little less sorrowful. Talk to a funeral home for more information and ideas about changes you can make when you are planning a funeral...

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VA Hearing Claim Problems? Get Help From An Audiologist

Many military conditions are difficult to push through the Veterans Affairs (VA) disability system because it’s hard to diagnose certain problems. Even if your hearing isn’t completely gone or part of a mainstream definition of hearing loss, you may still have noticeable issues with certain tones or volumes that are hard to detect. If you’ve been denied after hearing tests at the VA or have been arguing the results of a hearing test, take the time to understand how a civilian audiology team can help you win the claim and continue helping after the disability award. Differences In Exam And Perception After leaving the military, noticing hearing loss can come in many forms. In the most drastic cases, sudden trauma to your hearing can give a fairly obvious change to what you can hear and how loud others need to be to communicate with you. Other forms may be more subtle, such as workers in heavy machinery areas having nearly equal hearing loss with their coworkers. A service-member who works in engineering may know to speak at a certain volume with others in their career and working spaces, but once they leave the machinery area, they may struggle to hear the voices of others until their hearing normalizes. Unfortunately, extended exposure to hearing loss risks can lead to permanent damage. Your hearing may not normalize to around the same level as before the military, creating a new “normal” that makes everyday speaking voices a faint murmur or a dampened tone. There are more complex forms of hearing loss, such as not being able to hear certain voice pitches.  In these exceptional cases, the VA may not be able to detect your hearing problem as easily. Although many VA hospitals are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, some hospitals still rely on basic hearing test rooms that measure basic ranges of hearing loss. You may have a very real hearing problem that you can perceive, but if the VA test comes back negative for hearing loss, you may receive a denial. A Non-VA Audiologist May Be Necessary If the VA disagrees with your hearing loss claim, get a second opinion as soon as possible. The VA will only deliver disability benefits to conditions caused by military service, and if you wait too long to get your evidence to the VA, it’s too easy to dismiss your hearing loss as a problem that started after military service. A civilian audiologist can be visited outside of your VA visits with no problem, although you may have to pay for the visit on your own. The VA will compensate for any disability-related care and testing if you’re approved for disability later, so it may be worth your time. Visit a clinic offering hearing aids and hearing tests and explain your situation. With the clinic’s assistance, you can get a more accurate set of results as the clinic takes time to listen...

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