Funeral Planning Checklist

The death of a loved one is always a difficult time, compounded by the desire to plan a funeral that represents our love for the individual and properly celebrates their life. From choosing affordable burial caskets to planning the service, there are many things about the funeral planning of which we may not be aware and many practical decisions that will need to be made. Even though the occasion may be somber, you are also still a consumer and wise planning can assure that the funeral is a fitting celebration of your loved one’s life. After A Death If a death occurs in your home it will be necessary to notify the proper parties. In some cases, it may be necessary to call the coroner….Read More

Everything You Need to Know About Planning a Funeral

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

How To Have An Affordable Funeral

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

How Much Does the Average Funeral Cost?

There are several aspects to take into consideration 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, but that number typically only includes fees directly paid to the funeral director, who has the capacity to perform a wide range of tasks. Hence, 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. You can expect to cover fees for the following: Funeral Director Funeral Home Casket Selection Preparation of Loved One Memorial Services Graveside Services Headstone Breaking Down How Much a…Read More