Funeral Planning

How To Write a Death Notice

How To Write a Death Notice
When a loved one passes away one of the harder tasks that you may face is how to write a death notice. 'Death notices' and 'obituaries' are two terms many use interchangeably when confronted with the passing of a loved one. In reality, though, these objects serve not only mean ...
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Online Funeral Streaming: A Thing Of the Past Or The Future?

Online Funeral Streaming: A Thing Of the Past Or The Future?
Over the past decade there have been many technological advances that allow anyone with a smartphone in their pocket to be an amateur photographer, videographer, or artist or have a "face-to-face" conversation even when the parties are in different locations. Those same technologies have begun to cross over to the funeral ...
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Funeral Flowers: Colors and Symbolism

Funeral Flowers: Colors and Symbolism
The loss of a family member, friend, colleague or neighbor is always difficult. Selecting flowers to convey your emotions can be overwhelming especially when you’re unsure how to express your sympathy. Sending flowers is a meaningful gesture that can provide comfort to those who are grieving. There are typically two ...
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VIDEO: 'Ask a Mortician' on Advance Directives and Why You Should Have One

VIDEO: 'Ask a Mortician' on Advance Directives and Why You Should Have One
We’re quick to have conversations about how we want to live our lives but steer away from the ones concerning how we’d like to prepare for them to end. We all deserve the chance to communicate our preferences in who handles our care and how we want to be treated ...
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What Is The Average Cost of a Funeral?

What Is The Average Cost of a Funeral?
Funerals are not one size fits all. They can be very simple affairs or full-service events with all the bells and whistles. The average costs of a full-service funeral in the USA is over $7,000, which does NOT include cemetery costs such as the plot, opening and closing of the ...
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The Difference Between A Viewing and Visitation

The Difference Between A Viewing and Visitation
A viewing or visitation gives family and friends a place and time to gather, grieve, and console one another. But what is the difference between them? Defining a Viewing and Visitation Viewing A "Viewing" is when the body is present in an open-casket. Visitation At a "Visitation" the body may be ...
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How to Appoint a Designated Funeral Agent

How to Appoint a Designated Funeral Agent
Appointing a designated funeral agent is a legal way for you to specify a person to be in charge of arranging your funeral. This could entail trusting them to follow through with your personal funeral preferences or allowing them to be in charge of all funeral decisions and the arrangement of your ...
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State By State Guide to Advance Directives

State By State Guide to Advance Directives
Advance Directives, aka Advance Healthcare Directives, are documented preferences that allow you to communicate the extent and type of medical treatment you would want if you become incapacitated and unable to communicate for yourself. Forms for this purpose vary by state and may be generalized or quite specific in terms of ...
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What the Supreme Court Decision Legalizing Same Sex Marriage Means for Funeral Planning

What the Supreme Court Decision Legalizing Same Sex Marriage Means for Funeral Planning
The recent Supreme Court decision on the Obergefell v. Hodges case has legalized same sex marriage but what does the decision mean for end-of-life and funeral planning? Traditionally, legal authority over funeral planning goes first to an individual's living spouse, then next of kin (children), then parents, or if appointed ahead ...
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Facebook Introduces the Option of a Legacy Contact

Facebook Introduces the Option of a Legacy Contact
Facebook is a place to share and connect with friends and family. For many of us, it’s also a place to remember and honor those we’ve lost. When a person passes away, their account can become a memorial of their life, friendships and experiences. Facebook has introduced a new feature that ...
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