Funeral Insurance for the Elderly

December 8th, 2016
Funeral Insurance for the Elderly

Funeral Insurance for the Elderly

The time of life when most people take care of funeral planning—in their eighties—is the one time when things like life insurance and retirement packages are hard to come by. There is no question that the best time to set funds aside for a funeral is when you are still working and doing your regular estate planning. Your health is good enough to get better premiums on life insurance, you still earn enough income to put a little extra aside, and you are in a great position to know what kind of farewell you will eventually get. (more…)

Is Winter the Best Time to Pre-Plan a Funeral?

December 5th, 2016
Is Winter the Best Time to Pre-Plan a Funeral?

Is Winter the Best Time to Pre-Plan a Funeral?

Like most industries, there is a busy season and a non-busy season for funeral homes. Although no one can predict their time of death, funeral homes tend to see more traffic during the summer months. More families choose this time to make pre-arrangements, purchase cemetery plots, and inter ashes they may have been holding onto since the winter. Because it can be difficult to open up the ground under piles of snow (and because gathering funeral guests around the holidays is almost impossible), people may also put off traditional burial until the warmer months. (more…)

How to Decorate for a Funeral Reception

December 1st, 2016
How to Decorate for a Funeral Reception

How to Decorate for a Funeral Reception

The last thing anyone wants to do when planning a funeral is head to the party store to pick up decorating supplies. Even if the deceased requested a party and the death was expected, it is difficult to bounce from grieving to celebrating and back again in such a short span of time—especially if you are considering traditional party decorations like streamers and balloons. (more…)

Planning a Winter Funeral

November 28th, 2016
Planning a Winter Funeral

Planning a Winter Funeral

Most funeral plans and traditions assume death occurs in an environment that is green, warm, and filled with the blooms of spring. Although just as many deaths occur in the cold winter months, depictions of funerals and cemeteries tend to showcase good weather as the setting for your final farewells. (more…)

How to Budget for a Funeral

November 22nd, 2016
How to Budget for a Funeral

How to Budget for a Funeral

Funeral planning is difficult enough without the strain it puts on your finances. If your loved one did not make pre-plan funeral arrangements or have a life insurance policy to help cover funeral costs, you could be facing a final bill of anywhere from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars—an amount few families can afford out of pocket even under the best of circumstances. (more…)

Money and Funeral Etiquette

November 17th, 2016
Money and Funeral Etiquette

Money and Funeral Etiquette

When a friend or family member passes away, people tend to want to help. This might mean bringing gifts of food, ordering funeral flowers, providing emotional support, hosting out-of-town guests, or even assisting with funeral plans. Depending on how close you are to the family, any and all of these can be appropriate gestures. (more…)

Preparing for the Holidays with a Recent Loss

November 14th, 2016
Preparing for the Holidays with a Recent Loss

Preparing for the Holidays with a Recent Loss

Grief does not end at the funeral, especially if you happen to lose a loved one as the holiday season draws near. There is something about this highly festive time of year that magnifies feelings of loneliness and grief—and if your loss is a recent one, getting through each day can become even more of a struggle. (more…)

Baby Boomers and Funeral Plans

November 11th, 2016
Baby Boomers and Funeral Plans

Baby Boomers and Funeral Plans

There is no mistaking that the Baby Boomer Generation has shaped much of our culture over the past fifty years or so—and that includes funeral planning. With almost 80 million individuals who share the same general values and outlooks, Baby Boomers have directed everything from the political landscape (they hold the most U.S. offices of any other generation right now) to the economy (they are the single largest economic group in the United States). Baby Boomers have more discretionary income than any other age group and are estimated to control 70 percent of the total net worth of American households. (more…)

Funeral Planning for the Future: The Mushroom Death Suit

November 8th, 2016
Funeral Planning for the Future: The Mushroom Death Suit

Funeral Planning for the Future: The Mushroom Death Suit

Finding cost-effective and environmentally-friendly ways to dispose of human remains is one of the biggest challenges of the funeral planning industry today. On the one hand, people want the age-old traditions that bring them comfort; on the other, those age-old traditions are responsible for putting 30 million board feet of wood and enough concrete to build a 535 mile highway into the ground every year. (more…)

Advice on Choosing a Casket

November 4th, 2016
Advice on Choosing a Casket

Advice on Choosing a Casket

Many people find the decision of burial versus cremation to be the easiest decision to make during funeral planning. Most of us already have some idea where we stand on the topic, and we know how our funeral budget will dictate our actions. If you have decided that burial is right for you or a loved one, it is easy funeral planning from there, right? (more…)