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 Terms to be Familiar with when Preplanning a Funeral

Archival Photographsprinted on high quality paper, fade and water-resistant, ideal for outdoor memory gardens.

Bio-Degradable Urn-non-toxic and will decompose over time without harming the earth

Body Donation-donation of whole body for medical research or education

Body Transport-NC does not require the deceased loved one to be transported by the funeral homes

Budget-what are you willing to pay for the entire funeral or memorial service?

Burial Interment by burial in a grave

Burial Liner Outer burial container for a casket, a minimum requirement by most cemeteries

Body Donation-donation of whole body for medical research or education

Burial Vault Protective outer burial container for a casket

Casket The box-like container the body is placed in

Cemetery/graveyard Private, military or community grounds for burying the dead

Columbarium An arrangement of niches to hold cremation urns, usually fronted by glass, bronze, marble or granite and may be located either indoors or outdoors

Cremated remains Remains recovered following cremation

Cremation The reduction, by direct flame, of the body to its basic elements. Some facilities will provide this free of charge for early pregnancy losses and stillbirths.

Crypt Cubicle designed to contain a casket usually in a mausoleum

Eco-Eternity Forest-are undisturbed forest preservations providing ecologically friendly and peaceful resting places for cremated ashes. Ashes are placed in biodegradable urns and buried at the roots of mature trees. Over time, the roots will absorb the nutrients and create a living memorial

Eco-friendly options-embalming fluids are not used, cremation is not used, respecting nature with little harm like burial at sea

Embalm The preserving and sanitizing of the body. The state of NC does not require this, dried ice is another alternative

Funeral Ceremony A service or rite, religious or non-religious, held at a funeral home, church or elsewhere with the body present

Graveside Ceremony-A service or rite, religious or non-religious, held at the cemetery with casket (interment) or urn present (internment)

Green Burials–  any one of a number of options that doesn’t leave a body in a metal casket in the ground for hundreds of years, with minimal adverse impact on the earth

Green caskets-100% biodegradable caskets handcrafted from pine harvested exclusively from the sustainable forests,contain no metal nor toxins whatsoever

Interred-to place in a tomb or grave

Mausoleum A building consisting of crypts (entombment)

Memorial Artwork Bronze sculpture, or other fine art, designed for the purpose of honoring the memories of a life lived.

 

Memory Garden-any designed outdoor residential space for reflection, with or without ashes of loved one. Memory Gardens can also be developed on Campuses, Churches and other Institutions.

 

Memorial Ceremony A gathering of family and friends (religious or non-religious) held at a funeral home, church or other venue, without the body present. It takes place after burial or cremation

 

Memorial Tree-purchased by family to recognize loved ones past and planting in a residential landscape, church, or in the city (Greensboro Beautiful Memorial Tree Program).

 

Mowable Groundcover-small outdoor, non-invasive, groundcover  plants adding color to cemetery plots/gravesites and withstand mowing without damaging.

 

Niche The space for cremated remains in a columbarium, mausoleum or other structure

Obituary-is a notice or announcement of a person’s death, often with a short account of their life. It is often the first thing many people read in the news each day and may be the last word written about a person’s life. These are then submitted to newspapers, online or Just a Cloud Away, Inc.™ Journal

 

Open Casket An option available for viewing of the deceased.

Organ Donation-registering certain organs to be donated after death

Pre-planning Funerals-discussing end of life arrangements with close family or a chosen funeral director

Remains Usually referring to the body but may include cremated remains.

Urn Vault Outer container for urn or cremated remains, a requirement by some cemeteries. Perfume viles are sometimes used when the loss is early in pregnancy.

Urn The vase or container used for cremated remains

 Viewing/Visitation An option available for viewing the body, either private, family only or public, scheduled prior to services at a funeral home, church or in a home

Our loved ones are just a cloud away…………..

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Just a Cloud Away, Inc.™ Journal’s Editorial Calendar is based on the Awareness Months, national or special days of remembrance, monthly flowers or gemstones and community events, fundraisers, and activities of the Piedmont Triad Area.

January

  • Garnet
  • Carnation, Snowdrop
  • Awareness Month- Cervical Cancer, Poison & Birth Defect Prevention, Blood Donor

February

  • Amethyst
  • Violet, Primrose
  • Awareness Month- Heart Disease, Bipolar Disorder, Eating Disorder, Heartworm (Pets)
  • 14th– Organ Donor Day

March

  • Aquamarine
  • Daffodil
  • Awareness Month-American Red Cross, Poison & Brain Injury

April

  • Diamond
  • Daisy, Sweet Pea
  • Awareness Month-STD, Alcohol, Organ Donor, Autism,Rabies (Pets),Parkinson’s
  • 22nd-Earth Day
  • 8th– D.A.R.E. Day

May

  • Emerald
  • Lily of the Valley, Hawthorn
  • Awareness Month- Stroke, Mental Health, ALS
  • 9th– Mothers Day
  • 31st– Memorial Day

June

  • Pearl, Moonstone or Alexandrite
  • Rose, Honeysuckle
  • Awareness Month- Skin, Prostrate Cancer, Safety
  • 7th– National Cancer Survivors Day
  • 20th– Fathers Day

July

  • Ruby
  • Larkspur, Water Lily
  • Awareness Month- UV, Solar , Cord Blood, International Group B Strep, Herbal/Prescription

August

  • Peridot
  • Poppy, Gladiolas
  • Awareness Month- Immunization, Breastfeeding
  • August 3rd-America’s Night Out Against Crime

September

  • Sapphire
  • Aster, Morning Glory
  • Prostrate, Ovarian and
    Childhood Cancer, Pain Awareness
  • 10th– World Suicide Prevention Day
  • 11th– 911

October

  • Opal or Tourmaline
  • Calendula, Cosmos
  • Awareness Month- Pregnancy & Infant Loss, SIDS, Breast Cancer, Fire Prevention, Bullying Prevention

November

  • Topaz or Citrine
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Awareness Month- Alzheimer, Caregiver, Lung Cancer, Long Term Care, Brain Aneurysm, Prematurity, Hospice, Adoption
  • 11th– Veteran’s Day
  • 18th-Great American Smoke out

December

  • Turquoise, Blue Topaz
  • Holly, Narcissus
  • Awareness Month- Drunk & Drugged Driving, AIDS, Seasonal Depression
  • 1st– World AIDS Day

Journals are located online, here on the blog and in print with over 300 locations. Contact us with additional awareness causes at, Diana@justacloudaway.com.

Just a Cloud Away, Inc.™ Journal is offering sponsorship of each monthly publication for a $200.00 donation.

Another way to support the continuation of the journal is our monthly “Quilt of Remembrance”. $25 to purchase a memorial ad to honor a loved one or pregnancy. Those wanting to honor a pet are also welcome to do so.

Memorial ads are 3 lines with 18 characters per line including spaces. Checks can be mailed to

Just a Cloud Away-PO Box 327 – Julian, NC 27283

If you think your story may help someone else, please contact us for an interview.

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 If you are planning a new landscape design, let the designer be aware of all family pets within the household. It is generally a good idea to monitor pets while they are outside. Young pets have a tendency to be mischievous, chew, eat and dig everything in sight. Once pets have matured, it is highly unlikely they will find an interest in your outdoor shrubs, perennials, annuals, bulbs or vegetable garden plants.

Listed are several plants to keep a close watch on.

Oleander thrives in the sandy soil at the coast. If you have these gorgeous plants in your landscape for the beach house, they are toxic.

Tropical plants are sometimes utilized outdoors in pots, as annuals like; alocasia, aloe, begonia, caladium, coleus, geranium, moss rose. These are toxic.

Pieris, American holly berries, azalea, crocus, asian lily, English and poison  ivy, calla lily, gardenia,

lobelia, Lenten rose,

 mums, clematis, privet, daffodil, daylily, easter lily, elephant ears, foxglove, iris, hyacinth, gladiola, Rose of Sharon, several varieties of  hydrangea,  lantana, lily of the valley, nandina, peony,

vinca, primrose, rhododendron, st john’s wort, and yarrow

Vines-Perennial sweet pea, clematis, morning glory, wisteria

If you know your animals/pets will constantly chew and dig in your landscape, think about having a fence surrounding your toxic plants to ensure the safety of  your 4-legged friends. This way the family will have a peace of mind.

Additional information is provided by www.aspca.org. Protect your animals and be safe from DianaDigsDirt and Just a Cloud Away, Inc.™ Journal.

 

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Just a Cloud Away, Inc.™ Journal is the first publication dealing with human interest stories.

What is a human interest story-Human interest journalism involves stories that people can relate to. Unlike in straight journalism, where it is hoped that journalists will remain objective, human interest stories may be more flexibly written. Sometimes details of a human interest story are so intense, that the journalist hardly needs to insert any editorial information.

Much of the local news is focused on presenting us with facts and statistics, which may admittedly get a little boring unless you have a keen interest in the subject. A human interest story is a feature story that discusses a person or people in an interactive and/or emotional way. It presents people and their problems, concerns, or achievements in a way that brings about interest or sympathy in the reader or viewer.

Just a Cloud Away Inc.™ Journal serves our community by acting as the voice (may be anonymous) to educate on the various problems, issues, healing journey or miracles experienced during or after a loss. We are the human interest publication to report your news.

Reality TV is so focused on the stupidity of actions, drama of the irrelevant or lives of the celebrities. Where are the programs to help us through the difficult times, the moments that change our lives forever, or our new paths without loved ones?

 

Talk shows may report or mention current issues and Doctor Phil may address one problem per show, but is this enough to make a difference, in our lives?

Read local stories of our community and how you can reach out and help. Monthly publications are free and throughout Greensboro and surrounding towns. We address all loss, loved ones, pregnancy or infants and even beloved pets.

Advertisers and those wanting to purchase a remembrance/tribute/ or sympathy gift ad are greatly appreciated and make this publication possible.

Warmly,

Just a Cloud Away, Inc.™ Journal

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 Just a Cloud Away Inc. ™ Journal will be presenting a brief talk on the various ways art is incorporated into the healing process, for Caregivers and those with Alzheimer’s Disease. Art is an alternative way to communicate.

 Remember & Honor Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s,

“The Way They Were & the Way They Are Now”

 Thursday November 18th

12-1:30pm

Emerald Event Center 2000 East Wendover Avenue

Create a Cake Catering providing lunch for $13.00

 November is Alzheimer Awareness Month

 Topics to be discussed:

  • Creating a tribute, honoring the life of a loved one with Alzheimer’s-video montages, poetry

  • Benefits of incorporating art therapy in the lives of Alzheimer’s patients. Parts of their brain that deal with colors and composition can still be used and developed and even people with advanced Alzheimer’s disease can continue to create art. A study showed that patients receive pleasure and satisfaction after creating artwork.

Below is a self portrait of an American artist William Utermohlen, 1967

Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1995.

Below is his last self portrait in 2000.

A Papercrafting Workshop will be held at the same location December 3rd, Friday evening from 5-11pm to share and create keepsakes for/of our loved ones. More information here. Please RSVP to Diana@justacloudaway.com

My personal story of the day Gram forgot me.

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Support is available for bereaved families of pregnancy and infant loss in the Piedmont Triad Area. Heartstrings  is our local non-profit working with families who have lost a pregnancy or baby from conception to one year of age. This is done through a variety of supports designed to help them grieve, mourn, and begin to reconcile themselves to the death of their baby as well as cope with the emotions of a subsequent pregnancy.

The 6th Annual “Walk to Remember” of 2010 was held at Triad Park in Kernersville, NC. Families come to remember their children who briefly came into their lives and forever in their hearts.

The morning was beautiful and perfect for remembering angels.

T-Shirts were provided for the walkers.

Tammy Councilman is our local photographer representing the non-profit, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.

Handmade Quilt by families of the babies passed.

The children are missed and remembered.

Every year symbolic ornaments are presented to the parents, which are then hung on a tree while the baby names are read.

This year, a butterfly.

Many sponsors provide refreshments, signs and donations.

Many people walk the 1 mile track to honor babies and their families.

To help those comforting bereaved parents of pregnancy and infant loss, please take a few minutes to answer a few questions to be published within Just a Cloud Away, Inc. Journal. It is only by sharing our experiences, will others know how to comfort those walking in different shoes. We thank you for your time.

Journals are published online at, Read Journals Online.

Peace Love and Hugs from Above

Diana Gardner-Williams  publisher

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Workshop for Families-Creating Love Memorials™ in Greensboro, N.C.

Are pictures sitting in a box with journals, recipes, or other handwritten memorabilia of loved ones passed? Bring your keepsakes to create beautiful works of art with your own hands, where no experience is necessary and all supplies are complementary.

 Just a Cloud Away, Inc. ™ Journal and other local organizations are sponsoring the first Creating Love Memorials™ Workshop for families. Feel free to bring any 2 dimensional papers, fabric or tags to incorporate, whether from a loved one or beloved pet. Professionals will be on site in the craft area to assist children in creating paper keepsakes.

Adults will have the opportunity to design an awareness ribbon for the cause of their choice. Below is a ribbon for a Grandmother with Alzheimer’s Disease.

A Love Memorial™ is a keepsake or sympathy gift, going beyond the typical cards, flowers or food. It is a thoughtful creation showing compassion for each specific situation. Many samples will be provided, including; pressed flowers, metal, jewelry, scrapbooking, woodwork, decoupage, gardens, stone, glass, photography and photo montages. Community resources will provide literature on babysitting classes, support forums, alternative funeral options and more. Also joining us are local animal rescue groups with adoptable pets. Our fire and police departments will share safety tips.  After school food and beverages will be served. Energy work sessions will be offered, and music performed by Jennifer Cockman during the workshop.

Thursday September 23rd

2000 East Wendover Ave. from 3-6pm

 Bring and share your own memorial keepsakes. These may be an inspiration to someone else.

Come and meet our resources (click for more information)

More resources include

  • Ameriprise Financial- planning for the future
  • Colonial Life- employee benefits counselor
  • New York Life- life insurance protecting families
  • GDR Credit Solutions- affordable help for those in need of improving credit scores

It is never too late to remember……………..

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