Archive for the ‘Funeral Planning’ Category

Unique Funeral Guestbook Ideas

Monday, December 4th, 2017
Unique Funeral Guestbook Ideas

Unique Funeral Guestbook Ideas

Of all the funeral plans you will make for a loved one, the guestbook probably isn’t high on your list of priorities. After all, you have caskets, urns, burial plots, and gravestones to consider—the book that people sign as they walk into the memorial service is hardly the most important (or expensive) item to consider. (more…)

Pros and Cons of Side-by-Side Burial Plots

Saturday, November 25th, 2017
Pros and Cons of Side-by-Side Burial Plots

Pros and Cons of Side-by-Side Burial Plots

Side-by-side burial plots (also known as companion plots) are gravesites and/or cremation niches that allow two people to be buried in close proximity to one another. Traditionally, these plots were designed for married couples who wished to be interred together. In our era of modern-day blended families, however, many of these plots go on to be used for children, extended relatives, and even close friends. (more…)

How to Give a Eulogy for a Friend

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017
How to Give a Eulogy for a Friend

How to Give a Eulogy for a Friend

Few things are more terrifying—or more heartbreaking—than the prospect of giving a eulogy. Not only is public speaking a huge fear for a large percentage of the population, but public speaking when your life has just been turned upside down might feel like the impossible. How can you summarize another person’s life in a speech of just a few minutes? And how can you do it without breaking down? (more…)

How to Give a Eulogy for a Relative

Friday, November 17th, 2017
How to Give a Eulogy for a Relative

How to Give a Eulogy for a Relative

For many people, giving a eulogy for a family member is one of the most difficult aspects of a funeral. Regardless of your feelings on public speaking, the act of standing up in front of a crowd and sharing your pain and emotions is hard to do. Add in the complicated family dynamics that often accompany funerals, and you might feel that it is better to stay seated and let someone else do the eulogizing. (more…)

Should I Have a Funeral Procession? Pros and Cons of the Processional

Monday, August 28th, 2017
Should I Have a Funeral Procession?

Should I Have a Funeral Procession?

If you are planning the funeral of a loved one, an option that will arise during the decision-making process is whether or not you want to include a funeral procession. These processions, usually accomplished via a long line of cars that travel from the funeral service to the graveside service, are part of a long-standing tradition in which grief is a somber, community affair that shows respect to the deceased and his or her family. (more…)

Funeral Planning: Funeral Apps

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
Funeral Planning: Funeral Apps

Funeral Planning: Funeral Apps

These days, there is an iPhone or smartphone app for just about everything—and funeral planning is no exception. Among the games, exercise, weight loss guides, and restaurant apps, you can also take a few minutes (and spend a few dollars) on various applications that help you plan your funeral—and all at the tap of the screen. (more…)

A Fitting Farewell: Memorial Artists

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
A Fitting Farewell: Memorial Artists

A Fitting Farewell: Memorial Artists

Memorial gifts and mementos usually take the shape of small tokens of love and affection. An engraved urn can serve as a cremation receptacle and memorial plaque. A memorial blanket can capture a photo or favorite quote. Small tokens like vases, statues, garden rocks, and other engraved surfaces also make popular options. For green funeral plans, family members can plant a tree or place a memorial bench in a favorite park. (more…)

How to Plan a Themed Funeral

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
How to Plan a Themed Funeral

How to Plan a Themed Funeral

The differences between wedding planning and funeral planning are not so large as the two separate industries would like consumers to believe. Both are major life events that bring together a large and disparate group of friends and family members. Both require quite a bit of planning and foresight. Both tend to be formal occasions and celebrations of life. And it is possible to have an overarching theme to help you plan an outstanding ceremony that will touch the hearts of everyone present. (more…)

Cheap Funeral Flower Alternatives

Friday, June 16th, 2017
Cheap Funeral Flower Alternatives

Cheap Funeral Flower Alternatives

As traditional signs of bereavement, sympathy flowers make a great gift to a grieving family in the midst of funeral planning. Your added touch will help make the memorial service beautiful, and will serve as a visible banner to guests of how much the deceased meant to you. So, too, can the flowers go on to be donated to a favorite charity or taken home as a reminder—a gift that continues giving after the body has been laid to rest. (more…)

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…)