Archive for the ‘Funeral Planning’ Category

What to Write in a Funeral Announcement

Friday, May 19th, 2017
What to Write in a Funeral Announcement

What to Write in a Funeral Announcement

Soon after the funeral planning begins, you will want to place (or send) a funeral announcement. Like an obituary, this item is a way of notifying the public of a loved one’s passing and details of any arrangements you are making on his or her behalf. Unlike an obituary, a funeral announcement does not delve too deeply into personal or private information. In this way, you can maintain boundaries while still honoring the deceased. (more…)

Planning a Funeral for a Suicide Victim

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
Planning a Funeral for a Suicide Victim

Planning a Funeral for a Suicide Victim

Some funerals are more difficult to plan than others. While all grief is real and painful, circumstances can make planning a funeral a struggle. This is especially true in instances where the cause of death was suicide. (more…)

Pros and Cons of a Small, Private Funeral Service

Tuesday, 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…)

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

Monday, 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

Wednesday, 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?

Friday, 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

Tuesday, 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…)

Is it Possible to Make Funeral Planning Fun?

Friday, 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…)

Funeral Ideas for Dad

Monday, March 13th, 2017
Funeral Ideas for Dad

Funeral Ideas for Dad

If you are planning a funeral for your father and want to personalize the event, it is a good idea to start pulling your ideas together early on in the process—and to include others who might feel the loss as keenly as you do. Capturing the energy and emotion of the man who gave you life is no easy task, and your support network can really help you send him off in a proper and honorable way. (more…)

What To Do when a Funeral Home Doesn’t Have a Website

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
What To Do when a Funeral Home Doesn’t Have a Website

What To Do when a Funeral Home Doesn’t Have a Website

Ten years ago, no one would have found it odd for a funeral home not to have an online presence. Not only were we not quite so dependent on the Internet for information back then, but funeral homes were part of an older tradition in which community relationships were favored over new marketing concepts. If a funeral home did have a website, it was more informational than interactive, providing contact information and little more. (more…)