Posts Tagged ‘Funeral Planning’

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…)

How to Get a Death Certificate without a Body

Friday, April 21st, 2017
How to Get a Death Certificate without a Body

How to Get a Death Certificate without a Body

Whenever you read funeral planning advice online or talk to a funeral director about how to begin the process of wading through the paperwork involved in death, you will likely be instructed to get at least five to ten copies of the death certificate. That’s because everything from accessing life insurance policies to closing bank accounts or even getting the power shut off at the deceased’s home follows a strict paper trail. (more…)

Unique Funeral Ideas: DNA Storage

Tuesday, 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…)

Reasons to Delay a Funeral

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
Reasons to Delay a Funeral

Reasons to Delay a Funeral

Most funeral experts recommend that a funeral should take place as soon after death as possible—usually within a week or so. Not only is this necessary when you’re talking about the disposal of human remains (when burial is the choice), but immediate services can help with the process of grieving. (more…)

Holding a Funeral in the Rain

Friday, February 10th, 2017
Holding a Funeral in the Rain

Holding a Funeral in the Rain

It is impossible to “choose” the right day or time of year for a funeral. Not only can we not decide when death occurs, but we are often restricted on time depending on what the funeral home or cemetery has available. The result is that funerals tend to take place no matter what the weather—oftentimes in the middle of a downpour. (more…)

Are You an Ideal Candidate for Cremation?

Monday, January 23rd, 2017
Are You an Ideal Candidate for Cremation?

Are You an Ideal Candidate for Cremation?

The debate of whether it is better to choose cremation over burial is one that has the potential to divide families and make funeral planning difficult. Unless the deceased was clear about his or her wishes or made advance funeral plans, chances are there will be some family members who feel strongly about cremation—and just as many who feel strongly about burial. (more…)

Is it Okay to Ban Someone from a Funeral?

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017
Is it Okay to Ban Someone from a Funeral?

Is it Okay to Ban Someone from a Funeral?

Funeral planning is almost always fraught with overwhelming feelings. From grief and despair to the heavy responsibility of making funeral decisions, the emotions of funeral planning are often the most difficult part of the process to navigate. And this means that past grievances can make an appearance in a big way—sometimes even going so far as banning someone from attending the funeral. (more…)

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…)

Coordinating Out-of-Town Funeral Guests

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
Coordinating Out-of-Town Funeral Guests

Coordinating Out-of-Town Funeral Guests

It is often said that planning a funeral and planning a wedding are similar tasks. You must coordinate an event for up to hundreds of guests at a time, feed them, arrange transportation, and find places for everyone to stay. When planning a wedding, however, you usually have months of time in which to prepare. Funerals take place within a week or so of death occurring, which means you have to coordinate travel, accommodations, transportation, and (in some cases) entertainment all within a short time frame.

If you can assign this task to a family member wishing to help out with funeral plans, you can make your own job easier. However, you can also coordinate everything on your own by following these steps. (more…)