Archive for the ‘Funeral Planning’ Category

Should I Have a Funeral Procession? Pros and Cons of the Processional

Monday, August 28th, 2017
Should I Have a Funeral Procession?

Should I Have a Funeral Procession?

If you are planning the funeral of a loved one, an option that will arise during the decision-making process is whether or not you want to include a funeral procession. These processions, usually accomplished via a long line of cars that travel from the funeral service to the graveside service, are part of a long-standing tradition in which grief is a somber, community affair that shows respect to the deceased and his or her family. (more…)

Funeral Planning: Funeral Apps

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
Funeral Planning: Funeral Apps

Funeral Planning: Funeral Apps

These days, there is an iPhone or smartphone app for just about everything—and funeral planning is no exception. Among the games, exercise, weight loss guides, and restaurant apps, you can also take a few minutes (and spend a few dollars) on various applications that help you plan your funeral—and all at the tap of the screen. (more…)

A Fitting Farewell: Memorial Artists

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
A Fitting Farewell: Memorial Artists

A Fitting Farewell: Memorial Artists

Memorial gifts and mementos usually take the shape of small tokens of love and affection. An engraved urn can serve as a cremation receptacle and memorial plaque. A memorial blanket can capture a photo or favorite quote. Small tokens like vases, statues, garden rocks, and other engraved surfaces also make popular options. For green funeral plans, family members can plant a tree or place a memorial bench in a favorite park. (more…)

How to Plan a Themed Funeral

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
How to Plan a Themed Funeral

How to Plan a Themed Funeral

The differences between wedding planning and funeral planning are not so large as the two separate industries would like consumers to believe. Both are major life events that bring together a large and disparate group of friends and family members. Both require quite a bit of planning and foresight. Both tend to be formal occasions and celebrations of life. And it is possible to have an overarching theme to help you plan an outstanding ceremony that will touch the hearts of everyone present. (more…)

Cheap Funeral Flower Alternatives

Friday, June 16th, 2017
Cheap Funeral Flower Alternatives

Cheap Funeral Flower Alternatives

As traditional signs of bereavement, sympathy flowers make a great gift to a grieving family in the midst of funeral planning. Your added touch will help make the memorial service beautiful, and will serve as a visible banner to guests of how much the deceased meant to you. So, too, can the flowers go on to be donated to a favorite charity or taken home as a reminder—a gift that continues giving after the body has been laid to rest. (more…)

Maintaining the Right Funeral Planning Expectations

Monday, June 12th, 2017
Maintaining the Right Funeral Planning Expectations

Maintaining the Right Funeral Planning Expectations

Because funeral planning is your final farewell to a loved one who helped shaped your life, you may have high expectations when it comes to the service. It makes sense that you’d expect perfection—after all, you are paying thousands of dollars in funeral costs for a one-day event. You have family members and friends flying in from far away to attend. And you have a funeral director to oversee the details to ensure that nothing goes wrong. (more…)

Memorial Photo and Urn Tributes

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

 

Memorial Photo and Urn Tributes

Memorial Photo and Urn Tributes

Funeral planning tends to be an event that involves all of the body’s senses. From the sounds of hymns playing in the background to the scent of funeral flowers wafting in the air, a funeral is a time when we are forced to acknowledge all the things that make us human and alive: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. Perhaps that is why so much emphasis is put on funeral flowers and sympathy floral displays. Not only do these fresh blooms provide a lovely scent, but they provide a colorful, unforgettable setting to an otherwise somber day. (more…)

Ringing Church Bells at a Funeral

Monday, June 5th, 2017
Ringing Church Bells at a Funeral

Ringing Church Bells at a Funeral

Although it is not as common in funeral planning today as it was in centuries past, funeral bells are still sometimes played to signal the passing of a loved one. This gesture of respect and mourning is meant to signal to entire communities that a funeral is taking place, and that a moment of silence and/or respect is appropriate at that time. (more…)

What You Should Know About Embalming

Saturday, May 27th, 2017
What You Should Know About Embalming

What You Should Know About Embalming

Embalming has long been an issue under consideration by funeral homes, the Federal Trade Commission, and the newly bereaved. A costly (and often unnecessary) procedure, embalming gets quite a bit of backlash from critics—but that does not mean it has no place in today’s funeral industry. Before you decide if you’d like to have your loved one embalmed, consider these facts and regulations. (more…)

Checklist: How to Choose a Funeral Home

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017
Checklist: How to Choose a Funeral Home

Checklist: How to Choose a Funeral Home

When a loved one dies, the first decision you will be asked to make is what funeral home you would like to take care of the body. It might seem a bit overwhelming to choose a provider while you are still reeling from your loss, but sooner is better when it comes to planning a funeral. You only have about three to seven days to make all the final decisions, so spending a few days deciding on a funeral home can consume a substantial chunk of that time. (more…)