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

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

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?

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

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…)

Burial Alternatives: Body Plastination

March 24th, 2017
Body Plastination

Body Plastination

The vast majority of people will choose either burial or cremation for their final funeral plans. Although alternatives in green burial offer everything from resomation to body donation, these options aren’t mainstream enough to appeal to everyone—and the additional cost and hassle can outweigh the benefits of a more traditional funeral. (more…)

Advance Funeral Planning and Pets

March 21st, 2017
Advance Funeral Planning and Pets

Advance Funeral Planning and Pets

When a person undergoes estate planning or takes out a funeral insurance policy, much consideration is given to the beneficiaries and descendants being left behind. Who among them will be the executor to your estate? Who will be in charge of the funeral plans? How will your personal effects be divided amongst them? There are so many details to attend to that it’s no wonder animals and pets may be overlooked. (more…)

Is it Possible to Make Funeral Planning Fun?

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

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

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…)

Funeral Ideas for Mom

March 3rd, 2017
Funeral Ideas for Mom

Funeral Ideas for Mom

Planning a funeral for a parent is always difficult, no matter how old you are or how much time you had to say goodbye. When it comes to losing a mother, you might feel even more overwhelmed, as this was the person you turned to for comfort in moments just like these. (more…)