Most Expensive Places to Be Buried in the United States

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…)

How to Funeral Etiquette: Bringing Food to a Funeral

April 11th, 2016
How to Funeral Etiquette: Bringing Food to a Funeral

How to Funeral Etiquette: Bringing Food to a Funeral

One of the most common funeral gifts is to bring food to the gathering that takes place after the memorial service is over. Often served as a buffet or luncheon, this meal allows people to gather in a less formal atmosphere to share memories of the deceased and bring comfort to one another. (more…)

Talking to Elderly Parents about Funeral Plans

April 6th, 2016
Talking to Elderly Parents about Funeral Plans

Talking to Elderly Parents about Funeral Plans

Almost any discussion about advance funeral plans with the people you love is going to be uncomfortable. Not only do you have to bring up finances and religion (two things that put a strain on many families), but you also have to confront the idea of your own mortality. (more…)

The Funeral Home Staff

April 5th, 2016
The Funeral Home Staff

The Funeral Home Staff

When you plan a funeral for a loved one, chances are you will be in contact with the funeral director and/or the funeral assistant for most of the time. These individuals serve as the point of communication for almost all your burial and cremation needs, making it easy for you to form a personal connection and ensure that you receive the high level of service you deserve. (more…)

What to Do When a Funeral Home Goes out of Business

April 4th, 2016
What to Do When a Funeral Home Goes out of Business

What to Do When a Funeral Home Goes out of Business

One of the biggest warnings against pre-paying for a funeral is what happens if the funeral home goes out of business. The entire point of pre-arrangement is that you can solidify your funeral plans ahead of time, leaving you worry-free and able to spend your money however you wish. So, the idea that a funeral home might someday terminate services and leave you holding a useless contract is one that may be understandably frightening. (more…)

Five Fun and Interesting Epitaphs

March 30th, 2016
Five Fun and Interesting Epitaphs

Five Fun and Interesting Epitaphs

When someone famous or beloved dies, it is common to have a special phrase or quote carved into the headstone. These engravings (or epitaphs) are a kind of parting gift to the world; more public than your last words and more permanent than a note written on paper, these messages are what people who visit your gravesite carry with them for years to come. (more…)

Importance of Pre-Planning and End-of-Life Discussions with Family

March 29th, 2016
Importance of Pre-Planning and End-of-Life Discussions with Family

Importance of Pre-Planning and End-of-Life Discussions with Family

Conversations about death are never easy – and conversations about your own death are even more complicated. Not only are there financial issues to bring up (a tricky subject in many families), but there is no way to talk about your end-of-life plans without emotions getting in the way. (more…)

Funeral Fashion: How Much is Too Much?

March 28th, 2016
Funeral Fashion: How Much is Too Much?

Funeral Fashion: How Much is Too Much?

The question of what to wear to a funeral is one that gets asked time and time again. How formal should your funeral clothes be? Does your entire outfit need to be black? What do you do if you cannot afford new funeral clothes? Is it okay to put an emphasis on fashion in the first place? (more…)

DIY Cremation Urns

March 24th, 2016
DIY Cremation Urns

DIY Cremation Urns

If you are hoping to lower funeral costs and also personalize a memorial ceremony beyond the usual lineup of music-slideshow-eulogy, you may want to consider making your own cremation urn. Although you will need to have some artistic and/or woodworking skills to reach your desired result, you might be surprised at how many unique (and affordable) options are out there. (more…)

What to Bring to a Prearrangement Meeting

March 23rd, 2016
What to Bring to a Prearrangement Meeting

What to Bring to a Prearrangement Meeting

We all know that one of the best ways to save money on burial costs and ensure that your wishes are carried out is to preplan a funeral. However, the act of preplanning a funeral can be pretty stressful. After all, you might be setting up huge financial payments, confronting your own feelings regarding death, and making important decisions all at the same time. (more…)