Space Burial is a Real Funeral Option

September 23rd, 2016
Space Burial is a Real Funeral Option

Space Burial is a Real Funeral Option

Our world expanded three years ago with Voyager’s landmark accomplishment of reaching interstellar space. The satellite, launched 36 years ago, breached the outer edge of our solar system, making history and proving that when it comes to humanity and space, we have only just started to explore the possibilities. (more…)

How to Pay for a Funeral from an Estate

September 19th, 2016
How to Pay for a Funeral from an Estate

How to Pay for a Funeral from an Estate

One of the most often-cited ways to cover funeral costs is to make the estate of the deceased pay for it. An “estate,” in this situation, is the sum total of the belongings, properties, and financial accounts the deceased leaves behind. Ranging anywhere from a few thousand dollars to millions of dollars in assets, this money is what is later broken up and disbursed according to the deceased’s will. (more…)

Funeral Flower FAQ

August 30th, 2016
Funeral Flower FAQ

Funeral Flower FAQ

If you intend to send a sympathy gift to a family in mourning, it is a good idea to follow these general funeral flower etiquette guidelines. (more…)

Is a Burial Payment Plan a Good Idea?

August 22nd, 2016
Is a Burial Payment Plan a Good Idea?

Is a Burial Payment Plan a Good Idea?

When an individual dies without having taken advance funeral planning steps, the options for covering funeral costs are limited. You can pay out of pocket for the burial, look to life insurance policies for help, have the deceased’s estate cover the costs, or ask the entire family to chip in. Many funeral homes also provide a burial payment plan, in which you make regular installments to cover the cost of the funeral in the months (or years) that follow—much like taking out a short-term loan or buying a car on credit. (more…)

Advantages of Direct Cremation

August 16th, 2016
Advantages of Direct Cremation

Advantages of Direct Cremation

One of the most common questions we receive about funeral planning is “How can I save the most money on a funeral?” While our automatic answer—to pre-plan your funeral today and lock in low rates paid out over a long period of time—is best, the reality is that most people need to save money on a funeral now instead of in ten or twenty years. (more…)

Funeral Planning: Sifting through Digital Photo Memories

August 15th, 2016
Sifting through Digital Photo Memories

Sifting through Digital Photo Memories

One of the most time-honored traditions that a family undertakes following the death of a loved one is to sort through photographs. Whether you are selecting a favorite photo to be published in the obituary, creating a memorial collage, or putting together a collection for the funeral brochure, there is quite a bit of healing that goes on in the act of sorting through old boxes and albums. In fact, many families use this as a bonding time, asking loved ones to contribute their own favorite photographs and sharing memories that may have been forgotten over the years. (more…)

Coordinating Out-of-Town Funeral Guests

August 10th, 2016
Coordinating Out-of-Town Funeral Guests

Coordinating Out-of-Town Funeral Guests

It is often said that planning a funeral and planning a wedding are similar tasks. You must coordinate an event for up to hundreds of guests at a time, feed them, arrange transportation, and find places for everyone to stay. When planning a wedding, however, you usually have months of time in which to prepare. Funerals take place within a week or so of death occurring, which means you have to coordinate travel, accommodations, transportation, and (in some cases) entertainment all within a short time frame. If you can assign this task to a family member wishing to help out with funeral plans, you can make your own job easier. However, you can also coordinate everything on your own by following these steps. (more…)

Funeral Memento Gifts

August 9th, 2016
Funeral Memento Gifts

Funeral Memento Gifts

Although it is not a requirement in the funeral planning process, some families like to provide funeral guests with a memento to take home in honor of the deceased. Like a wedding or party favor, this memento serves as a reminder of the day and thanks to people for taking the time to attend. Most funerals automatically provide a memento in the form of a copy of the funeral program, which may include pictures, passages, and a copy of the obituary. However, if you would like to take things one step further, here are a few ideas for small, low-cost funeral gifts. (more…)

Cremation Temperature and other Important Cremation Questions

August 8th, 2016
Cremation Temperature and other Important Cremation Questions

Cremation Temperature and other Important Cremation Questions

Many families are hesitant to opt for cremation for their loved ones because the process is shrouded in mystery. How is the body handled as it is placed inside a crematorium? What is the cremation temperature needed to fully transform a body to ashes? What are the chances of bodies getting mixed up, or lost? (more…)

What to Wear to a Funeral

August 3rd, 2016
What to Wear to a Funeral

What to Wear to a Funeral

What to wear to a funeral is a question that few people consider until death occurs. By then, it is too late to shop around for the right thing to wear—especially if you have to travel to attend the funeral. (more…)