Archive for the ‘Funeral Planning’ Category

The Modern-Day Wake

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
The Modern-Day Wake

The Modern-Day Wake

These days, a wake is considered more of a formal tradition of the past than a way to say goodbye to a loved one. Historically, wakes were held when families cared for the body of a loved one at home (as opposed to a funeral home). There was no central location where bodies were prepared for burial, so families would keep the body in a room in the house for the one or two days it would take to make all the arrangements. (more…)

How to Use Social Media to Pay for a Funeral

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
How to Use Social Media to Pay for a Funeral

How to Use Social Media to Pay for a Funeral

When a loved one passes away unexpectedly, funeral costs can be difficult for families to cover all on their own. With no advance planning, no money set aside, and (oftentimes) hospital bills that will also need to be paid, the idea of facing several thousand dollars to pay for the funeral can be overwhelming. (more…)

How to Have a Funeral in Space

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
How to Have a Funeral in Space

How to Have a Funeral in Space

There is something about setting a funeral in space that makes us feel immortal. Maybe it is the vast size of it, spreading out over billions of galaxies. Maybe it is the timelessness, the idea that anything jettisoned out into space will keep moving forever. It could even be the beauty of it—the twinkling of a thousand starry nights is something humans have been admiring for centuries. (more…)

“Extras” You Can Easily Cut from the Funeral

Monday, April 25th, 2016
“Extras” You Can Easily Cut from the Funeral

“Extras” You Can Easily Cut from the Funeral

One of the fastest ways to save money on a funeral is to trim away extra services and products you do not need. Today’s funerals tend to be elaborate, traditional affairs that take every detail and consideration into account—which is great if the deceased had the foresight to plan ahead, but can be difficult to justify if the funeral expenses are coming out of your own pocket. (more…)

The Dos and Don’ts of Using Pinterest to Plan a Funeral

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
The Dos and Don’ts of Using Pinterest to Plan a Funeral

The Dos and Don’ts of Using Pinterest to Plan a Funeral

As anyone who’s ever used Pinterest knows, a quick trip to the website can quickly turn into a few hours. Although the popular “bulletin board” platform is usually a favorite among brides, DIYers, and those with an artistic bent, it is also becoming more common for those who want to plan a unique memorial service. From lists of great funeral songs to ideas for sharing memories, you will find hundreds of beautiful and memorable ways to say goodbye. (more…)

Most Expensive Places to Be Buried in the United States

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016
Most Expensive Places to Be Buried in the United States

Most Expensive Places to Be Buried in the United States

Any time you search online for funeral prices and burial costs, you are likely to find a familiar caveat: how much you will end up paying depends on where you live. (more…)

Funeral Planning Trends: Funeral Karaoke

Friday, March 4th, 2016
Funeral Planning Trends: Funeral Karaoke

Funeral Planning Trends: Funeral Karaoke

Playing music at a funeral is something almost all cultures and religions do in some form or another. Pianos or organs, a vocalist or harpist, pre-recorded songs that accompany the procession—there is something about music that speaks to the soul and helps communities to heal. (more…)

Funeral Flower Terminology

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
Funeral Flower Terminology

Funeral Flower Terminology

Sending sympathy flowers to a family in mourning is a great way to show your support and contribute to the funeral arrangements. However, it can be difficult to know what kind of funeral flowers to send or what each type of bouquet entails. (more…)

Hiring Clergy or a Celebrant for a Funeral

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Hiring Clergy or a Celebrant for a Funeral

Funeral services and memorial services are almost always overseen by a member of the clergy or other religious leader. Because so much about death has to do with spiritual customs and religious traditions, it is comforting to have someone who is able to not only hold the service in accordance with your beliefs, but who can also provide the spiritual guidance you need during this difficult time. (more…)

Hidden Costs of Cremation

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016
Hidden Costs of Cremation

Hidden Costs of Cremation

We often see cremation offered as an affordable alternative to burial—a way to say goodbye without the heavy costs associated with buying a casket, purchasing a grave plot, and putting up a headstone. While it is possible to save thousands of dollars this way, not all cremations end up being less than burial. Because so much depends on the details, you could actually end up paying more for cremation than you would for a simple or direct burial. (more…)