Posts Tagged ‘Funeral Planning’

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…)

Funeral Dinner Menu Planning

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
Funeral Dinner Menu Planning

Funeral Dinner Menu Planning

Although you are not required to feed all the funeral guests as soon as the service is over, partaking of a funeral dinner (or luncheon) is a common part of the mourning ritual. Some families choose to have this event catered, some hold it in a favorite restaurant or bar, some ask for guests to bring dishes to eat potluck style, and still others do the cooking themselves. (more…)

How Can I Be Buried with My Pet?

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016
How Can I Be Buried with My Pet?

How Can I Be Buried with My Pet?

For many pet owners, the loss of a pet is as deeply upsetting as the loss of a friend or relative. Often serving as companions for decades, dogs and cats have a way of working themselves into our lives and into our hearts in a way that modern pet burial methods do not allow for. Pet cemeteries, pet cremations, and burial in the backyard might work for some individuals—but for others, nothing less than burial together will suffice. (more…)

Writing a Personal Memoir

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
Writing a Personal Memoir

Writing a Personal Memoir

One of the things many people want to do before they die is to write their life story or personal memoir. After all, once you are gone, all that will remain are the memories other people carry of you—your life as seen through someone else’s perspective. (more…)

Funeral Flower Colors and Their Meanings

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016
Funeral Flower Colors and Their Meanings

Funeral Flower Colors and Their Meanings

Although there tend to be rules regarding the color of your funeral attire (dark is best, with black, gray, and navy blue taking the lead), funeral flowers are more relaxed in terms of color choice. As long as you keep the arrangement tactful, you can send any other combination of colors you choose—and to put more thoughtfulness in your sympathy gift, you can even consider these popular flower colors and their meanings. (more…)

Funeral Planning and Community Support

Monday, July 11th, 2016
Funeral Planning and Community Support

Funeral Planning and Community Support

In an ideal world, funeral plans would always be a family affair. Siblings would come together from around the country to bury a parent. Friends and colleagues would pitch in to help a bereaved spouse struggling with finances. Entire communities would mourn the passing of a child. While these types of scenarios can and do happen all the time,  that is not always the case. There are many times when one person is left dealing with funeral plans and loss all on their own—and they may need to find support to make it through. (more…)