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Yearly Archives: 2014

December 22, 2014

Combating Grief Around the Holidays

People who lose a loved one will experience many “firsts” in the year following the death of their loved one, with the first set of holidays being especially difficult for many. It’s a strange feeling to have one less person at the holiday table, one fewer gift to purchase, one holiday card not needing to be addressed. Learning to cope with grief can help make the holidays a time of celebration rather than one of sadness.

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November 24, 2014

Honoring the loved ones lost each year at our Candle of Love Service

Snyder Funeral Home Candle of Light service

We know this time of year can be difficult for families that have lost a loved one, and that family traditions may seem different. Because of this, we invite all the families we have served in the past year to gather together in remembrance and celebration of all our loved ones lost. It is during this special time of year that we hold our annual Light a Candle of Love Holiday Memorial Service.

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November 13, 2014

Dying With Dignity: Brittany Maynard’s Story

Brittnay Maynard

Brittany Maynard started making headlines in October 2014, and she has generated a lot of conversation on both sides of the issue of dying with dignity. Since I learned of it it, it’s fascinated me. Maybe it’s because she is around the same age as I, or maybe it’s because I am a nurse.

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September 22, 2014

Personal family connections to the armed services

Charles Snyder Sr. at U.S. Navy basic training

I was doing some writing in my Dad’s office at the funeral home the other day, when I started to look around at all the family photos he has hanging on the walls. I noticed my grandfather, Charles F. Snyder, Sr.’s U.S. Navy basic training class photo. I began to think about the tremendous courage and discipline it takes to be a part of the armed forces today, and in years past.

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August 29, 2014

Female funeral directors in an historically male-dominated industry

Women Working in a Male-Dominated Industry

As a workingwoman, I wear many hats; registered nurse, aspiring blogger, wife, dog owner, sister, daughter, friend, volunteer. Like almost all workingwomen, I sometimes struggle to find my balance. But imagine juggling all your roles and responsibilities as a woman while working in an almost completely male-dominated industry?

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July 20, 2014

Returning to “normal” after a funeral

Wife adjusting to a deceased spouse

Many of us have attended funerals in support of others. Rarely, unless the death involves us personally, do we think past the immediate time following the services. We remember the person that passed during the funeral and memorial service, but less often do we focus on what happens after the fact. It’s hard to picture the family settling into their new “normal”.

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Offering Lancaster, PA funeral services for over 75 years.

Our six funeral homes in Lancaster County makes it easy and convenient to make arrangements and host services close to home.

  • Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home Downtown Lancaster
  • 414 East King St.
  • 717-393-9661
  • Charles F. (Chip) Snyder, Jr. Funeral Director / Supervisor
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  • Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home Lititz Pike
  • 3110 Lititz Pike
  • 717-560-5100
  • Charles F. (Chad) Snyder, III Funeral Director / Supervisor
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  • Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home Millersville
  • 441 North George St.
  • 717-872-5041
  • Mark D. Burkholder Funeral Director / Supervisor
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  • Spacht-Snyder Family Funeral Home Lititz, PA
  • 127 South Broad St.
  • 717-626-2317
  • Jacqueline Adamson Funeral Director / Supervisor
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  • Bachman-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory Strasburg, PA
  • 7 South Decatur Street
  • 717-687-7644
  • Norman T. Mable Funeral Director / Supervisor
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  • Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home Willow Street, PA
  • 2421 Willow Street Pike
  • 717-464-4600
  • Kelly Gramola Townsend Funeral Director / Supervisor
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