How to Get a Death Certificate without a Body

April 21st, 2017
How to Get a Death Certificate without a Body

How to Get a Death Certificate without a Body

Whenever you read funeral planning advice online or talk to a funeral director about how to begin the process of wading through the paperwork involved in death, you will likely be instructed to get at least five to ten copies of the death certificate. That’s because everything from accessing life insurance policies to closing bank accounts or even getting the power shut off at the deceased’s home follows a strict paper trail. (more…)

Pros and Cons of a Small, Private Funeral Service

April 18th, 2017
Pros and Cons of a Small, Private Funeral Service

Pros and Cons of a Small, Private Funeral Service

In a time when many people are looking to reduce funeral costs and simplify the process of burial or cremation, it is becoming more common to consider a private funeral service. Although celebrities and notable figures almost always have private funerals, the average services are open to the public. This means that you broadcast a time and place in an obituary or death notice, and anyone who wishes to attend may show up to pay their respects. (more…)

Sympathy Gifts: Food and Food Baskets

April 14th, 2017
Sympathy Gifts: Food and Food Baskets

Sympathy Gifts: Food and Food Baskets

One of the things we’re often told to do to support a newly grieving family is to send a sympathy gift or gift basket that contains food. The tradition of providing food as a show of support goes back hundreds of years, and is part of a long-standing culture in which entire communities gather together after a loss—and need to be fed in the meantime. (more…)

Unique Funeral Plans: Stopping a Procession at the Drive-Thru

April 10th, 2017
Stopping a Procession at the Drive-Thru

Stopping a Procession at the Drive-Thru

The funeral procession has long been a part of traditional burial plans. When a loved one is being buried at a cemetery located some distance from the funeral itself (either at a funeral home or at a separate church), it is customary for the guests to form a line of cars to accompany the hearse to the burial site. Depending on the distance, this could be a quick journey through a stoplight or a lengthy trip requiring attendants to direct traffic. (more…)

Understanding the Funeral Price List

April 5th, 2017
Understanding the Funeral Price List

Understanding the Funeral Price List

According to federal regulations, every funeral home must provide a General Price List that outlines specific funeral costs. This list is typically provided when you sit down with the funeral director to go over your options, and may be accompanied by a list of burial package deals. Most experts suggest you take a moment to review the list, or even get a copy to take home and go over with your family before you make any final decisions. (more…)

Can I Hold a Funeral at Night?

March 31st, 2017
Can I Hold a Funeral at Night?

Can I Hold a Funeral at Night?

Funeral planning and traditions have become such an ingrained part of our culture that any sort of deviance from routine is automatically questioned. Most funerals are held on weekdays during the day. Families and friends share prayers and eulogies before heading to a meal hosted by the family. A graveside service is typically conducted during the day. (more…)

Unique Funeral Ideas: DNA Storage

March 28th, 2017
DNA Storage

DNA Storage

Many of the activities undertaken during funeral planning are designed to preserve the memory of a loved one. From embalming a body for a final viewing and grave memorials to cremation jewelry, today’s funeral options fill a need for mourning families who to want to hold on to the deceased well beyond the grave. (more…)

Burial Alternatives: Body Plastination

March 24th, 2017
Body Plastination

Body Plastination

The vast majority of people will choose either burial or cremation for their final funeral plans. Although alternatives in green burial offer everything from resomation to body donation, these options aren’t mainstream enough to appeal to everyone—and the additional cost and hassle can outweigh the benefits of a more traditional funeral. (more…)

Advance Funeral Planning and Pets

March 21st, 2017
Advance Funeral Planning and Pets

Advance Funeral Planning and Pets

When a person undergoes estate planning or takes out a funeral insurance policy, much consideration is given to the beneficiaries and descendants being left behind. Who among them will be the executor to your estate? Who will be in charge of the funeral plans? How will your personal effects be divided amongst them? There are so many details to attend to that it’s no wonder animals and pets may be overlooked. (more…)

Is it Possible to Make Funeral Planning Fun?

March 17th, 2017
Is it Possible to Make Funeral Planning Fun?

Is it Possible to Make Funeral Planning Fun?

It is difficult to think of planning a funeral for a loved one as a pleasant activity, but that does not mean the entire process the has to be a sad, heavy affair. Although there will always be an undercurrent of grief in these situations, there can also be moments to treasure and value. (more…)