Archive for the ‘Funeral Planning’ Category

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

Monday, 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

Thursday, 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…)

How to Budget for a Funeral

Tuesday, 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…)

Baby Boomers and Funeral Plans

Friday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Friday, 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…)

Beyond Funeral Planning: Planning for Death

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
Beyond Funeral Planning: Planning for Death

Beyond Funeral Planning: Planning for Death

Most of the time, talking about advance funeral plans means making financial arrangements for the burial, cremation, or other body interment plan. You can set money aside to cover funeral costs, pay for everything ahead of time, or otherwise pre-plan for the day when you say goodbye to this earthly world. (more…)

Planning a Funeral after a Traumatic Death

Thursday, October 20th, 2016
Planning a Funeral after a Traumatic Death

Planning a Funeral after a Traumatic Death

In some form or another, death is always a traumatic experience, and planning a funeral only slightly less so. There is no way to be 100 percent prepared for death, and the emotional kickback when a loved one is gone is something most people struggle with for years…if not the rest of their lives. (more…)

Funeral Flower Etiquette

Monday, October 17th, 2016
Funeral Flower Etiquette

Funeral Flower Etiquette

Sending funeral flowers to a relative or friend after they experience a loss is a generous use of your time and money. You will help decorate the funeral, show your support, and brighten the day of those in attendance. You will provide a measure of comfort in keeping with the traditional funeral customs. (more…)

Funeral Etiquette: Writing a Humorous Obituary or Giving a Funny Eulogy

Thursday, October 13th, 2016
Writing a Humorous Obituary or Giving a Funny Eulogy

Writing a Humorous Obituary or Giving a Funny Eulogy

Everyone deals with grief in a different way. During funeral planning and in the difficult days that follow, some people turn to family for comfort. Others mourn in a visible and open manner with anyone willing to listen. And some internalize their grief, coming to terms with their loss on their own terms. (more…)