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Talking About Death with Your Family

The current coronavirus pandemic  demonstrates how many of us are not prepared for an unsuspected, serious, illness or death. A New York Times piece by Dr. Sunita Puri reiterates what many of us in the funeral industry have been saying for a long time: It’s Time to Talk About Death. “Our collective silence about death,Read more

Funeral Costs: A Top Objection to Funeral Pre-Planning

“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan,” said former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. While funeral planning wasn’t likely on her mind, that sentiment remains true. Funeral costs are one of the top objections we hear when it comes to planning. There are some misnomers about funeral pre-planning and prepaying  outRead more

Free Seminars Detail Planning a Funeral

Planning a funeral is one of the most gracious gifts you can give your loved ones. Having a plan for the inevitable helps ease the burden your family will feel once you are gone. They are not left wondering – or possibly arguing – about what each of them thinks you would have wanted. TheRead more

How to Plan a Funeral for Yourself

If Justin Bieber can do it, you can too. Yes, at the ripe old age of 22, the singer and actor  laid out plans for his own funeral including a 3D hologram at his gravesite. Planning your own funeral doesn’t have to involve a solar-powered video screen running 24/7, but it does require some thinking.Read more

Objections to Planning for a Funeral

Planning  a funeral for ourselves is not a priority for Americans according to a 2019 consumer study from the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA). Only 11.5% of those surveyed had done so. In a series of blogs beginning with this one, we’re looking at objections to planning  a funeral for ourselves . The recent NFDARead more

Planning a funeral at the holiday dinner table

Holiday dinner conversations usually center on exciting events over the past year and what people are looking forward to in the coming months. But having everyone together also presents an opportunity to have important conversations with loved ones that are best had in person and with everyone present. Talking about planning a funeral is neverRead more

At what age should you start planning your own funeral?

How old are you today? That is precisely the age you should consider starting to plan your own funeral. “But I’m 36 and healthy as a horse!” Great! If your family knows your end-of-life wishes today, and a piano falls on your head tomorrow, you’ll save them a lot of stress and worry. Not toRead more

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Alternative Funerals Documentary Offers Ideas For Nontraditional Farewells

The days of discussing death in hushed tones are passing. More of us share our wishes and plans with loved ones before a serious illness or crisis occurs. This openness toward end-of-life planning has led to more alternative funerals and other unique approaches to say farewell. The new HBO documentary, “Alternate Endings: Six New WaysRead more

Funeral planning and financial planning

What You Should Know About Pre-Paid Funeral Plans

Pre-paid funeral plans remain a hot topic in the country as more Americans look at the cost of funeral services versus cremation.  Confusion and misinformation can cloud the decision-making process, so this post shines light on the benefits of end of life planning, beginning a payment process and ensuring your choices remain intact. The conceptRead more

Funeral Savings

Top 3 Advantages of Funeral Pre-Planning

Whether you realize it or not, you (and likely members of your family) have already begun thinking about or taking steps toward planning for the end of life. You likely have a life insurance policy — perhaps several — that will ease any financial burden placed on your loved ones after you are gone. Conceivably,Read more