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The Significance of Planning for an Open Casket Funeral

An open casket funeral offers a profoundly personal moment for family and friends to say their final goodbyes to a loved one. It serves as a tangible farewell, providing comfort to those grieving by allowing them one last opportunity to see their loved one before burial or cremation. At Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, discussingRead more

Nontraditional funerals

Nontraditional funerals

As the U.S. undergoes a profound transformation in its approach to death and mourning, the movement toward death positivity is reshaping traditional norms. This cultural shift away from denial and towards an open embrace of the end of life reflects a society increasingly seeking personalized, meaningful ways to say goodbye. The openness to nontraditional funeralsRead more

Crowdfunding a funeral

Funeral Crowdfunding Available Via Tukios

Crowdfunding has become a versatile tool, providing people a way to collectively support various causes and needs. Addressing the financial challenges associated with funerals is a poignant and practical application.  It’s a reality that funeral costs can be a significant burden for many families during an already difficult time. While some individuals might have reservationsRead more

ftc funeral rule

FTC plans updates to Funeral Rule

At Phaneuf, we believe funeral homes should voluntarily post prices online to make things easier for families during a difficult time. We’ve posted funeral and cremation costs on our website for over 20 years. And soon, U.S. funeral homes may be forced to post  pricing online. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) visited nearly 200 websitesRead more

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The FTC Funeral Rule on pricing transparency

The Federal Trade Commission is reviewing its FTC Funeral Rule (1984) to make it mandatory for funeral homes to post online pricing in addition to making pricing available upon request. “Had it been written in the internet era, online pricing would have been mandated,” Joshua Slocum, executive director of the nonprofit Funeral Consumers Alliance, toldRead more

The significance of flowers for a funeral - Phaneuf

The significance of flowers for a funeral

When  people think of what type of flowers or arrangement to send for a funeral, words like beautiful and respectful come up. Others wonder, what color or what kind are appropriate? Funeral flowers often help facilitate emotional release, as some mourners struggle to express their grief verbally. Sending flowers is an expression of respect, sympathyRead more

How to plan virtual funeral services - Phaneuf

How to plan virtual funeral services

A rise in virtual funeral planning and funeral streaming during the ongoing pandemic has led to frequent questions about planning virtual funeral services. This makes sense for a couple reasons: Some people are hesitant to meet in person to make funeral plans for themselves or a loved one. Some people are not comfortable traveling toRead more

What to know about planning a military funeral - Phaneuf

What to know about planning a military funeral

A military funeral is a memorial service afforded to veterans, soldiers, marines and other military notables. Families can choose to incorporate military funeral honors  into the service. We’re often asked questions related to paying for the military funeral honors and the funeral itself. Does the military pay for funerals for veterans One of the most-frequentlyRead more

How to Dress a Deceased Loved One for a Funeral - Phaneuf

How to Dress a Deceased Loved One for a Funeral

“Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them,” designer Marc Jacobs once said. Burial clothes mean a lot, as this will be the final time mourners  see the body of a loved one or dear friend. Families ask us how to dress a deceased loved one for a funeral; the answer depends on the individual.Read more

Rituals change for the families we serve and for funeral homes - Phaneuf

Rituals change for the families we serve and for funeral homes

Funerals look different today than they did just one month ago. The Coronavirus pandemic continues to alter our lives in new ways, seemingly on a daily basis. As we social distance, we also reflect and remain hopeful for a return to “normal.” For now, funeral rituals are changing rapidly to meet the needs and requirementsRead more