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End-of-life planning resources

There are many benefits for not only you but your entire family for planning your end-of-life services before you need them. Having a plan for the inevitable helps ease the burden your family will feel when you are gone. Likewise, if you are overseeing end-of-life planning for someone else, you can help ease your own burden.

Here are some resources to get you started.

Our Funeral Cost Estimator is a great first step when you start the planning process. You can choose your preferences to generate an itemized breakdown of the cost of a funeral with a cremation or burial.

Our My Life, My Wishes workbook is designed to ease you into the planning process. To begin, you simply add your basic biographical information. Then, the workbook guides you through questions that may require a little research, additional thought or conversations with loved ones. You can fill out the workbook online and either print or save the guide to your computer. Or you can print it out and fill it in by hand.

Here are some educational posts on planning:

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Demystifying reasons for not planning ahead

Knowing that plans exist relieves a great deal of stress from loved ones who are already reeling from your death. During a recent meeting with the distraught son and daughter of a woman who passed, they were told, “Your mom had the forethought to make these arrangements years ago.” Relief instantly flooded their faces. Their mother never told them that she had made arrangements in advance, and a huge burden was taken off the two children.

Man Struggling Writing Eulogy

Tips for writing and delivering a meaningful eulogy:

There’s really no right or wrong way to write a eulogy, but it’s certainly not an easy thing to do. If you’re tasked with writing a eulogy for a loved one, consider it an honor, and try to think of it as part of the process of saying goodbye. The task often arrives suddenly, and during a time when we are struggling with feelings of stress and grief.

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The significance of flowers for a funeral

Funeral flowers often help facilitate emotional release, as some mourners struggle to express their grief verbally. Sending flowers is an expression of respect, sympathy and love for the deceased. There’s actually meaning or significance behind the type of funeral flower and color of funeral flower you choose to send to a funeral or memorial service.