Archive for the ‘Funeral Planning’ Category

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…)

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…)