Funeral Planning

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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Closing Bank and Financial Accounts After Death

Closing Bank and Financial Accounts After Death
When a death occurs in the family, aside from the emotional turmoil, family members and living loved ones are also faced with the problem of legal issues, especially pertaining to open financial accounts. So how do you close a bank account or a credit card account of someone who has ...
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What Happens to Debt When Someone Dies?

What Happens to Debt When Someone Dies?
Q. What happens with outstanding debt after the death of the borrower? Will spouse, children, parents, or next of kin be responsible for it? A. In short, if the deceased possesses debt after death, it is their estate that is responsible for the payment of creditors. Family and relatives are ...
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'Every dollar you prepay to a funeral home has to be guaranteed' Ryder funeral home scandal prompts forum

'Every dollar you prepay to a funeral home has to be guaranteed' Ryder funeral home scandal prompts forum
Published in print: Thursday, October 16, 2014 By Chad Cain for the Daily Hampshire Gazette  NORTHAMPTON — A visit to a funeral home early Wednesday to pay respects to a friend got Claudia E. Hodges thinking hard about what kind of funeral she wants after she dies — and how she ...
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Caleb Wilde talks "Embracing Death"

Caleb Wilde talks "Embracing Death"
Funeral director Caleb Wilde spoke at a local TEDx event regarding the idea of death acceptance within our culture. Through a journey of small steps, our culture had shifted from a healthy acceptance of death to denial of it. The sixth generation funeral director explored options to help us return ...
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General Price List (GPL) Definitions

General Price List (GPL) Definitions
Funeral Home General Price List Glossary (A-Z) A General Price List (GPL) is a list of all the products and services that a funeral home offers for sale. It is comprised of an itemized lists of those products and services and may include "packages" of services and a Casket, Urn, ...
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