Archive for the ‘Funeral Planning’ Category

Pre-Planning a Home Funeral

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
Pre-Planning a Home Funeral

Pre-Planning a Home Funeral

Making advance arrangements for a funeral is almost always a good idea, but there are times when it makes more sense than others. Home funerals are one of these times. (more…)

Top Reasons to Delay a Funeral

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
Top Reasons to Delay a Funeral

Top Reasons to Delay a Funeral

Historically, funerals have taken place within the week following death because there were no alternatives. Without refrigeration, embalming, or cremation options, bodies had to be disposed of quickly. This meant that the funeral and/or memorial service took place regardless of the time of year or the extenuating circumstances. (more…)

Planning the Committal Service

Monday, June 6th, 2016
Planning the Committal Service

Planning the Committal Service

When it comes to funeral planning, there are several different kinds of services you will need to consider. A wake, vigil, or visitation takes place prior to the funeral, offering loved ones a chance to gather (either in the presence of the deceased’s remains or not) to give their last respects. A funeral service is the formal ceremony that takes place at a church or funeral home with the body in attendance. A memorial service is similar in format, though it does not include the body and can thus be held anywhere, at any time. (more…)

How Much is Too Much to Spend on a Funeral?

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
How Much is Too Much to Spend on a Funeral?

How Much is Too Much to Spend on a Funeral?

When it comes to giving your loved one a fitting farewell, you might be tempted to say that no amount of money is too much to spend on the perfect funeral. After all, funeral planning is something you only get to do for somebody once, and after the decisions have been put into action, there is no turning back. (more…)

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…)