October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Pink ribbon on woman hand, old aged wood background (color splash) Satin fabric silk ribbon symbolic concept raising awareness concerns help campaign on people living with illness Breast cancer

More than 249,000 people in the United States alone are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, and nearly 41,000 people die from the disease.

As you go about your daily life in October, you’ll likely notice a little more pink. The pink ribbon became the symbol for breast cancer awareness. Many organizations also worked the color into product lines to heighten awareness.

Many organizations are working to bring awareness to breast cancer. The website Every Day Health has a great list of resources, showcasing those attempting to make a difference.

The Susan G. Komen Foundation touts the goal of reducing the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the United States by 2026. They do this by educating the general public about the risks of breast cancer, offering a strong donation program, as well hosting various races, walks and events that people can take part in to help raise awareness.

Some facts about breast cancer in the United States from the National Breast Cancer Foundation:

  • 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer within their lifetime.
  • It is the most commonly diagnosed cancer within women.
  • It is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.
  • Men can be diagnosed with breast cancer as well. An estimated 2,470 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 460 will die each year.
  • Every two minutes, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. Every 13 minutes, a woman will die from breast cancer.
  • Over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today.

At Friedrich Jones, one of our owners is a woman, and we are in tune with women’s causes. We believe in raising awareness and supporting the fight against breast cancer. If you or your family have been impacted, there are grief support options available.

For more information about our business, contact our Naperville office at (630) 355-0213 or Plainfield at (815) 436-9221.

A Guide to Funeral Attire

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Mourning People at Funeral with coffinWhat to wear? It’s a question everybody faces in social situations, but knowing what to wear to a funeral today can be a little tricky.

There was a time when black and gray were the only acceptable options. Women wore solemn dresses or skirts and men typically wore a dark suit. According to InStyle, elaborate standards of mourning set by royalty often spread due to pictures in magazines and trends followed.

In many cultures and religions black is an outward symbol of one’s feelings inside.

Today, however, some funerals are less traditional and many lean toward celebrations of life. So is something solemn and dark still expected or can more casual or festive attire be worn?

Pallbearers or those participating in the service should reflect a more conservative attire and men should wear a suit unless otherwise directed, says Post.

According to today.com funeral attire has become less formal, but darker colors such as navy and green and even mauve can be worn appropriately.

There are some who even request colorful or celebratory attire for a funeral. If you aren’t sure, it is best to err on the side of wearing something dark and discrete.

If you aren’t close enough to a family member to ask about attire you can also check with the funeral home to get a sense for how formal the visitation or ceremony might be.

The family and staff at Friedrich-Jones and Overman-Jones funeral homes in Naperville and Plainfield, can help families determine what might be appropriate based on the service they are planning and also can offer ways to communicate attire, if necessary.

For more information on funeral and memorial service planning, contact Friedrich-Jones Naperville at 630-355-0213 or Plainfield at 815-436-9221 or visit www.friedrichjones.com.