Funeral Planning

Obituaries and Death Notices Explained

Obituaries and Death Notices Explained
Within the puzzling series of events and course of action that follow a loved one’s death, there is often a formal announcement of the death - the placing of an obituary or death notice in a newspaper and/or online. The announcement of death is never something someone wants to hear, ...
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What Are Cash Advance Items in Funerals?

What Are Cash Advance Items in Funerals?
A cash advance in funeral planning is money you pay in advance to the funeral home to cover charges of certain items or services obtained from third party vendors. The funeral home may make these purchases on your behalf, and then pay the vendors with the money you have given ...
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What Do Funeral Directors Do?

What Do Funeral Directors Do?
What are funeral directors? Funeral directors have existed throughout history. Also referred to as morticians and undertakers, in history these men and women were actually viewed as unclean in their dealings in the business of the dead, and were even ostracized. Since ancient time, the act of burying the dead is ...
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Planning Your Own Funeral: Making Your Funeral a Unique Send Off

Planning Your Own Funeral: Making Your Funeral a Unique Send Off
Funerals are no longer just about mourning a loss; today they are becoming more of a celebration of life.  Practically unheard of just a few years back, it is now increasingly common to plan your funeral yourself and even pay for it before you die. The folks at Laurel Funerals ...
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Who Has The Legal Right to Arrange a Funeral

Who Has The Legal Right to Arrange a Funeral
By Josh Slocum, Executive Director Funeral Consumers Alliance  The question of who has the legal rights to arrange a funeral comes up surprisingly often. Conflicts between family members and interested parties over who has the legal right and precedence to make funeral arrangements for a person are sadly common. Here ...
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Funeral Assistance for Those Who Need It

Funeral Assistance for Those Who Need It
Funerals today are very expensive and not everyone is able to afford them. Because of this some states offer burial or cremation assistance or benefits for indigent persons or families without a means to pay for funeral expenses for a loved one who received welfare of social service benefits. Indigent ...
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DNA Memorialization Prior to Burial or Cremation

DNA Memorialization Prior to Burial or Cremation
What is DNA Memorialization? DNA memorialization (also called DNA preservation) is the process of taking the DNA of someone and preserving it before they are buried or cremated. DNA is a genealogical record of your body. Everyone has their own unique DNA makeup which means no two people are identical. ...
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Can I Bring My Own Casket or Urn?

Can I Bring My Own Casket or Urn?
If you are wondering whethe you have to buy a casket, urn or other merchandise from a funeral home. The simple answer is "No". The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) clearly outline your choices when it comes to purchasing a casket, detailing that that you do not have to buy a casket ...
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The Top 3 Things You Should Know When Funeral Planning

The Top 3 Things You Should Know When Funeral Planning
Planning a funeral can seem overwhelming, but following the 3 simple tips below will ensure you are prepared and don't overpay for funeral services. 1. Know the Funeral Rule  The Funeral Rule was established by the Federal Trade Commission to protect consumers at this particularly vulnerable time.  Be sure to ...
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How Much Does It Cost to Die? The Answer Might Surprise You...

How Much Does It Cost to Die? The Answer Might Surprise You...
Une Belle Vie released this helpful infographic on the true cost of death. The infographic illustrates how much funerals, memorials, cremations and other death care options costs have risen from 1960 to 2010. It also provides the breakdown cost between burials and cremations and their impact on the environment. According ...
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