Posts Tagged ‘Funeral’

Is Winter the Best Time to Pre-Plan a Funeral?

Tuesday, May 17th, 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…)

What to Wear to a Funeral When You Are Expecting

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
What to Wear to a Funeral When You Are Expecting

What to Wear to a Funeral When You Are Expecting

The old funeral superstitions say that pregnant women should not attend funerals, for fear that the spirits of the dead will somehow enter their womb and take over their unborn child. While we have pretty much laid those fears to rest these days, expectant mothers still sometimes struggle with attending the service. With maternity clothes so expensive and limited wardrobe options at home, it can be hard to figure out what to wear to a funeral when you are pregnant. (more…)

How to Start a Memorial Scholarship Fund

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
How to Start a Memorial Scholarship Fund

How to Start a Memorial Scholarship Fund

When a loved one passes away, we often want to find something that honors their memory in a big way—and a scholarship fund is a good platform for doing just that. By providing a foundation for someone’s education, you are giving a gift that lasts an entire lifetime. And by making it part of a loved one’s legacy (by including their name on the scholarship or earmarking the funds for a field of study they were passionate about), you can ensure that their memory lives on in an important way. (more…)

Unique Gifts for the Newly Bereaved

Monday, May 2nd, 2016
Unique Gifts for the Newly Bereaved

Unique Gifts for the Newly Bereaved

When a friend or family member loses a loved one, we want to do all we can to make their situation easier. Traditional funeral gifts like flowers, food, and gift baskets are nice gestures, but when everyone offers the same type of present over the course of a few weeks, it can get overwhelming (you can only eat so many casseroles, after all). (more…)

“Extras” You Can Easily Cut from the Funeral

Monday, April 25th, 2016
“Extras” You Can Easily Cut from the Funeral

“Extras” You Can Easily Cut from the Funeral

One of the fastest ways to save money on a funeral is to trim away extra services and products you do not need. Today’s funerals tend to be elaborate, traditional affairs that take every detail and consideration into account—which is great if the deceased had the foresight to plan ahead, but can be difficult to justify if the funeral expenses are coming out of your own pocket. (more…)

The Dos and Don’ts of Using Pinterest to Plan a Funeral

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
The Dos and Don’ts of Using Pinterest to Plan a Funeral

The Dos and Don’ts of Using Pinterest to Plan a Funeral

As anyone who’s ever used Pinterest knows, a quick trip to the website can quickly turn into a few hours. Although the popular “bulletin board” platform is usually a favorite among brides, DIYers, and those with an artistic bent, it is also becoming more common for those who want to plan a unique memorial service. From lists of great funeral songs to ideas for sharing memories, you will find hundreds of beautiful and memorable ways to say goodbye. (more…)

The Funeral Home Staff

Tuesday, 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

Monday, 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…)

Funeral Planning Trends: Funeral Karaoke

Friday, March 4th, 2016
Funeral Planning Trends: Funeral Karaoke

Funeral Planning Trends: Funeral Karaoke

Playing music at a funeral is something almost all cultures and religions do in some form or another. Pianos or organs, a vocalist or harpist, pre-recorded songs that accompany the procession—there is something about music that speaks to the soul and helps communities to heal. (more…)

Funeral Tipping Etiquette

Monday, February 22nd, 2016
Funeral Tipping Etiquette

Funeral Tipping Etiquette

We know to tip at least 15 percent when we dine out at a restaurant, and that it is polite to leave our change in the jar for the barista. But when it comes to planning a funeral, is there an expected gratuity? (more…)