Who Should Pay for the Funeral?

July 9th, 2019

Who Should Pay for the Funeral?

There is no denying that funerals are expensive. When you factor in everything from the burial and gravesite to the memorial service itself, you could be looking at a total of anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000. (more…)

The Funeral Planning Timeline: What Happens (and When) after a Death Occurs

July 3rd, 2019

The Funeral Planning Timeline: What Happens (and When) after a Death Occurs

Although every death is different, most people can expect a fairly standard series of events to follow the passing of a loved one. There are decisions to be made, a funeral to be planned, and finances to arrange. Friends and relatives must be notified, and you’ll need an opportunity to say your final goodbyes. (more…)

Choosing Above-Ground Burial

June 30th, 2019

Choosing Above-Ground Burial

For most people, discussing or choosing burial means literally that—burying the remains of a loved one in the ground. Most cemeteries are filled with rows and rows of graves of the dearly departed, all of whom have been laid to rest six feet underground. This is such a common and accepted tradition of laying a loved one to rest that it is rarely questioned as the best—if not the only—burial choice. (more…)

Planning a Non-Denominational Funeral

June 24th, 2019

Planning a Non-Denominational Funeral

If you belong to a particular religious or cultural community, there are probably guidelines for planning and holding a funeral. For thousands of years, funeral rites have been tied to religion, which may dictate everything from how many days should pass before you bury the deceased to how the body is disposed of. So, too, may religion guide who oversees the funeral rites, what readings and prayers are said, and even how the community will come together to support the family in the days and weeks that follow. (more…)

Healthy Eating (and Living) While in Grief

June 18th, 2019

Healthy Eating (and Living) While in Grief

While everybody grieves differently, there are some characteristics of grief that arise again and again. Feelings of sorrow and despair, an inability to concentrate, depression and lethargy, and even physical symptoms are common after the loss of a loved one. (more…)

Popular Bucket List Items

June 12th, 2019

Popular Bucket List Items

These days most people know what a “bucket list” is, even if they have not taken the time to sit down and write one out for themselves. A bucket list is a numbered list of everything you have ever wanted to see, do, or accomplish in your lifetime…and the idea is that you take an active approach to crossing every item off your list while you still have time. (more…)

How to Write Out Your Funeral Wishes

June 6th, 2019

How to Write Out Your Funeral Wishes

In an ideal world, you will not only be financially solvent enough to plan (and pay for) your funeral and cemetery plot in advance, but you’ll also be able to leave behind a full will and estate for your loved ones. There will be no question about your last wishes, funeral arrangements or how you want your belongings to be divided. (more…)

Inexpensive Urn Ideas

May 31st, 2019

Inexpensive Urn Ideas

For some people, cremation is an eco-friendly alternative to burial that gives you more choice when it comes to memorializing your loved one. Instead of being tied to a gravesite, you can (literally) carry your deceased relatives wherever you go, and often in an elegant urn that can be placed on a mantle or otherwise displayed in your home. (more…)

Why Wasn’t I Asked to Help Plan the Funeral?

May 26th, 2019

Why Wasn’t I Asked to Help Plan the Funeral?

When a loved one dies—whether it is a parent, spouse, child, sibling, grandparent, or a close friend—it is natural to want to participate in the funeral planning process. Your relationship with the deceased was unique and special, and the best way to strengthen that bond is to be in the room where the important burial decisions are being made. (more…)

Who Should Serve as Pallbearer?

May 21st, 2019

Who Should Serve as Pallbearer?

If you are holding a traditional funeral and traditional burial, then it is likely that you’ll need pallbearers. These individuals are responsible for lifting and carrying the casket from the funeral to the hearse or burial site. The term “pallbearer” (taken from the pall, or cloth that covers a coffin) is one that carries importance in both historical and modern times. A pallbearer is usually a family member or close friend, someone who is both strong and young, and—more traditionally—someone who is male. (more…)