Anyone who is planning his or her own funeral likely wants to make the event one to remember. Meticulously checking off a long list of tasks will ensure that once you've passed away and your funeral takes place, it will properly represent who you were. If you're someone who eschews formality, the idea of having well-wishers show up in suits and dresses might not resonate with you. Although formal attire is common at funerals, there's nothing wrong with requesting that people show up in casual clothing.
21 February 2018
When someone close to you passes away, you likely expect to attend the funeral service, as well as the visitation and the burial. What you might not expect, however, is that you could end up attending the cremation. If the deceased's immediate family is having their late loved one cremated, it might be possible that the family will want certain people to attend the cremation. Generally, due to size constraints, attendees are usually family members or extremely close friends.
26 November 2017
If your loved one served in the military, you may be wondering if the Veteran's Administration (VA) will pay for some or all of the individual's funeral expenses. While it is true the VA will give families money to bury or cremate their loved ones, it's not as much as you would think and certain conditions for receiving the money apply. Here's what you need to know. VA Burial Benefits
4 November 2017
While you may not want to think about your own funeral, it's a good idea to do the planning during your lifetime. This allows you to have full control over the decision-making process and gives you time to think through decisions carefully. When planning, a funeral planning professional can make the process easier and less scary. Keep reading to learn some things to consider when handling your own funeral planning needs:
10 October 2017
When planning the funeral for a loved one, you have the option of hosting the services at a funeral home or at home. Should you choose to host the services at home, your funeral director can provide assistance in setting up and making other arrangements as they become necessary. You may find that an at-home funeral is more comforting for you and your family members. If this is the case for you, here are some things to consider as you plan.
2 October 2017
If you've recently lost a spouse, parent, child, sibling, or another close relative, you may feel as though you're floating through a nightmare. The process of coping with a death, whether a sudden or expected one, can leave you wondering whether you'll ever feel anything close to normal again. But even those who are in tremendous emotional distress may shy away from the thought of grief counseling or sharing their pain with near-strangers.
24 September 2017
Following the wishes of the dearly departed can be a tricky business, especially when the deceased left a few non-conventional instructions for their loved ones to follow. Generally, a death is a somber and somewhat elegant event. However, there are some people who carry their unique personality or penchant for pranks past their death and leave it to their next of kin to deliver their humorous tidings posthumously. Whether it is an oddly-worded tombstone, an inappropriate song request for the funeral, or a peculiar place to scatter the deceased's ashes, it is important to weigh the deceased's desires against the living's sentiments and, if necessary, tone down or alter the requests.
30 August 2017
When you are having a cremation performed for a loved one, you may be surprised at how the cremation was carried out and this might not be what you wanted. Cremation services very regarding how they carry the process out, with certain services made available by some cremation services and not others. There are a few assumptions that you should not make. The Cremation Might Not Be Performed Onsite If you will be having a cremation service performed by a funeral home, you will want to find out if the cremation is performed onsite or offsite.
6 August 2017
The death of a loved one can be one of the most shocking and emotionally jarring experiences that you can suffer. When your family has suffered a death, you may find that you are the one that is responsible for making the final arrangements for the deceased. Avoid Letting Guilt Determine Your Funeral Sevices It can be easy for individuals to feel a tremendous amount of guilt when they are arranging a funeral for a loved one.
26 July 2017
When you decide to preplan your funeral, you'll visit the local funeral home, meet with a funeral director, and talk about your wishes. Preplanning your funeral involves not only planning each small detail related to your visitation and funeral service, but also thinking about other things that will need attention after your passing. By giving some thought to these minor but important details now, you'll save your surviving family members the hassle of thinking about these topics and dealing with them during their time of grief.
12 July 2017