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Thanksgiving dinner is good time to discuss final wishes

Begin the Talk of a Lifetime Over Thanksgiving Dinner

“This looks delicious. Please pass the gravy and, by the way, what would you like on your tombstone?” That’s typical Thanksgiving dinner conversation, right? On second thought, maybe bringing up the end of someone’s life isn’t on the list of of topics for a happy family gathering around a 24-pound roasted turkey.   Traditionally, though,Read more

How to Use a Funeral Planning Checklist to Customize Your Celebration

There will likely be tears, but that does not mean your funeral celebration must be a sad event. The benefit of utilizing a funeral planning checklist is to ensure your service includes all of your wishes and reflects your personality. This is an opportunity for your loved ones to create a final, lasting memory ofRead more

Senior couple discussing plans

Why Choose a Certified Funeral Pre-Planning Counselor?

The relief you will instantly feel when a funeral director says, “Your Mom made many of her funeral pre-planning arrangements a few years ago,” is significant and immeasurable . The anxiety of making all the decisions required during a time of grief can be overwhelming to your family, and utilizing a certified funeral pre-planning counselorRead more

Open Casket Considerations When Making Funeral Arrangements

An open casket at a wake or viewing is an opportunity for loved ones to say farewell to someone who has died. It can be comforting for family and friends to see the body one final time before burial or cremation. Discussing an open casket is one of the first things funeral directors at PhaneufRead more

Lunch and Learn

A “Free Lunch” Should Be On Your Funeral Planning Checklist

Keeping a funeral planning checklist can be a very satisfying process. Sure, thinking about your own funeral is never simple, but if you consider doing it with a clear mind, it could release some anxiety and pressure. Phaneuf Funeral Homes is offering two free sessions of our popular Lunch and Learn seminars in June, 2018.Read more

Planning for your funeral includes planning for your pets

Your Funeral Planning Checklist Should Include Your Pet

Nearly 70% of U.S. households include pets—and let’s face it, those pups, kitties, turtles, birds and fluffy rodents are family members! However, not everyone considers those fur babies when working on a funeral planning checklist. You should plan for your pet’s future as if you are arranging care for a young child and consider allRead more

Seniors making online funeral arrangements

Making Funeral Arrangements Online

Making funeral arrangements can be a very emotional experience. There’s a lot to think about – more than most people realize. There are so many things to consider and the whole process can be overwhelming. Making online funeral arrangements can be a much more convenient alternative that will allow you to sit in the comfortRead more

Thoughts on Pre-paid Funeral Plans

There are several reasons for planning ahead when it comes to funeral arrangements and any sort of memorial service. The most meaningful advantage is that, if your plans are thorough, your loved ones will have no questions about your wishes when you pass. That insight can provide great relief for families facing a very emotionalRead more

Palliative care at home

Understanding Palliative Care and its Benefits

The term palliative care is often misunderstood, which leads to confusion among patients, their families and medical providers. By no fault of their own – and usually the result of not having direct experience with it – many people don’t understand the difference between palliative care and hospice, and are under the mistaken perception thatRead more

Senior with dogs and cat

3 Reasons to Consider a Pet Trust

As a pet owner, you probably don’t think or your cat, dog, bunny or horse as a piece of property. More likely, they are a beloved member of your family. If you were to die, or be severely injured tomorrow, do you know what would happen to your furry family members? Who would take careRead more