Funeral rites vary across regions, cultures, and religious traditions. Choosing the proper funeral arrangements for your loved one can be confusing with all the options available. Nevertheless, a funeral service is an opportunity to honor a person’s life that close friends and family will remember for years. Let’s look at common types of funeral services to help you make an informed and appropriate choice. Funeral Service A funeral service occurs in a funeral home or church, and the deceased’s body is in a casket. Funerals can be open or closed caskets. Funerals are time-sensitive as the body is usually present. Funerals consist of several elements, all of which can be selected depending on preference. Features of a funeral service include eulogies, religious readings, prayers, and…Read More
Choosing between a burial or cremation is a deeply personal choice, often based on culture, religion, and personal preference. Whether you know what kind of disposition is right for your loved one or you are just starting your funeral planning journey, it’s essential to know your options and make a choice that’s right for you. What are the differences between burial and cremation? The disposition of a body is how the body is taken care of immediately after death. There are a few options. Your loved one may have specified their desires in their final wishes, or you might be in a position where you are making that decision for them. There are two primary methods of disposition: burial and cremation. Some religious beliefs, such…Read More
The death of a loved one is always difficult, compounded by the desire to plan a funeral that represents our love for the individual and adequately celebrates their life. From choosing affordable burial caskets to designing the service, there are many things about funeral planning that we may not be aware of and many practical decisions that are required. However, even though the occasion may be sad, you are still a consumer, and wise planning can ensure that the funeral is a fitting celebration of your loved one’s life. To ease what feels like an impossible feat, we’ve broken down this funeral planning checklist into three main components: Actions to take immediately after death, primary arrangement decisions, secondary arrangement decisions, and tasks to delegate. You…Read More
There are several aspects to consider when you need to estimate, “How much does the average funeral cost?” You may hear numbers within the 6-7 thousand dollar range from the National Funeral Directors Association. Still, that number typically only includes fees directly paid to the funeral director, who has the capacity to perform a wide range of tasks.
Funeral director fees can range from $1,500 for basic services up to $6,500, the latter being the number you most often hear quoted. However, that figure doesn’t account for the bulk of cemetery and burial expenses.
Planning a loved one’s funeral can be emotional, overwhelming, and exhausting. However, it’s important to honor the life and legacy of those closest to us, and the best way to do that is to understand what goes into the funeral planning process.
We’ve compiled a list of nine helpful funeral planning tips for making final arrangements for your loved one.
Delivering an eulogy is one of the highest opportunities we can be given to honor the life of a loved one. However, once given the opportunity, you need to know how to write an eulogy speech that honors the deceased, acknowledges family, friends and coworkers and is careful of social and cultural etiquette. What is a Eulogy? An Eulogy is a speech delivered in honor of the deceased, usually by someone very cherished by the family. The purpose of the speech is to honor the loved one’s life and accomplishments. How to write an eulogy speech greatly depends on how many people will also be sharing eulogies. If your eulogy is first, the main or only eulogy that will be given, here are some of…Read More
When a loved one dies, one of the first question asked by family and friends is most likely, “When is the funeral?” This may be the last question you want to answer, as you are grieving from the loss, but it is one that must be addressed fairly quickly. While every family and every situation is different, there are a few basics to planning a funeral. By taking the time to cover as many details as possible, the stress of the situation can become much less of a burden. Respecting Wishes In cases of illness or advanced age, have a frank discussion with your loved one regarding their end of life wishes. When the time comes, you will feel comforted knowing you are doing exactly…Read More
A simple funeral can be a very sweet funeral. Simple doesn’t have to mean stark, and it can certainly still provide the funeral your loved one deserves. When devising a strategy on how to plan an affordable funeral, you can start with the basic goods and services you need and add extras as your budget and desires allow. Your Protection Before you begin any planning, it’s important to know your rights as a consumer. Under the federal law known as the Funeral Rule, funeral directors must provide, upon request, itemized prices of the goods and services included in the funeral. This helps you select services and goods that you desire, eliminate those you don’t want or need, and pay only for the services or items…Read More