Three Simple Ways To Cut Funeral Costs For A Family Member


When a close family member passes away, you can face a challenging time as you balance your grief with preparing funeral arrangements. If your deceased family member didn't pay for his or her funeral in advance, it might fall upon you to handle the bill; the average funeral cost is about $6,600, as of 2013 data. If you're not in the financial position to be able to afford this expense, there are a number of subtle changes you can make when you're talking to a funeral home representative that can translate into significant cost savings for you.

19 August 2015

3 Unique Ways To Honor A Loved One At A Funeral


Death isn't something that most people like to think about, but it is one of life's unavoidable topics. Sadly, if a death is imminent, no matter how much you probably don't want to cope with it, planning a funeral is something you may have to do in the very near future. You want to memorialize your loved one in a way that is as unique as he or she is. A textbook funeral simply won't honor your loved one the way he  or she would have wanted.

5 August 2015

Buying The Perfect Headstone


Picking out the right headstone can be difficult. It's hard to find a monument that will immortalize the life of one who is no longer with us. To help you out, here's a list of things to consider when picking out the perfect headstone: Cost Your first concern might be the cost of the headstone. Funerals are incredibly expensive, so you might have a tight budget for the headstone. In that case, you might be shocked to find that gravestones can run around several thousand dollars, and that's on the low end.

29 June 2015

Facing 5 Frequent Myths With Facts About Cremation


If you are considering cremation, as a personal option or during arrangements for a loved one, there is a good chance that people around you will offer their opinions and ideas to try to help. Even though their advice may be well-meaning, it is important you know the facts. Here are five frequent myths about cremation that you may be offered from friends and family members and the facts that you really need to know.

17 June 2015

Taking A Close Look At The Benefits Of Pre-Arranged Funerals


If you are like a lot of people, the idea of planning your own funeral is an idea that makes you a little apprehensive, which is a perfectly normal way to feel. Talking about the end of your life can bring about a lot of emotions that you may not be ready to take on just yet. Part of what makes the end of life so uncomfortable to think about is the fact it is the one thing in life that you cannot control.

10 June 2015

4 Benefits From Planning A Funeral In Advance


Talking about funerals and death can be difficult topics to approach. Many people have fears about death, so they never take the time to plan out their own funeral wishes. There are many benefits to planning funeral affairs in advance. Take a look at the following information to better understand the advantages.  Make Sure Wishes Are Fulfilled If you have your own idea as to how you want your funeral to go, it's essential that you outline a plan.

20 May 2015

3 Tips For Planning A Loved One's Cremation


Being thrust into the role of funeral planner can be a challenge. The passing of a loved one is an upsetting and often overwhelming event, and it can be tough to make decisions when you're in a distressed state. It's even more difficult if you have little to no experience making end of life preparations. If your deceased loved one requested cremation, here are a few tips to help you plan the arrangements:

15 April 2015

Three Reasons You Need A Will Even If You Don't Have A Lot Of Assets


It's a common misconception that you only need to create a will if you have a lot of assets that need distributed. However, your Last Will and Testament serves several purposes in addition to paying your bills and distributing your assets after your death, such as documents that communicate your funeral and burial wishes. The fact is, writing a will makes dealing with the aftermath of your death easier on your loved ones.

9 April 2015

High-Tech Headstones: A New Way To Remember A Loved One


When people prepare for their passing, be it imminent or (hopefully) in the distant future, one thing they want to be sure of is that their stories have been told. They want to be sure that when they are gone, people remember who they were. Some people will create videos to be shown at funerals, complete with pictures and voice-overs; others will agonize over the perfect headstone inscription, so that anyone walking by can get a sense of who they were on this earth.

7 April 2015

Don't Want To Send Flowers To Your Loved One's Funeral? Try These Ideas Instead


If someone close to you has recently passed away, you might feel as if you are supposed to send flowers, which seems to be the tradition. If you are looking to send something else, however, there is no reason to call the florist and purchase a bouquet. Instead, try one of these unique and thoughtful ideas. 1. Potted Plant If you don't want to stray too far from tradition but want to do something a little different, try sending a potted plant to your loved one's funeral.

6 April 2015