Most people do not realize that you can shop around for just about every product and service related to a funeral. Even after you decide on a funeral home, you do not have to purchase every product or service through them. When you know your rights and options, you can save quite a bit on expenses and also better tailor the funeral to your family’s preferences and situation. Continue reading What do I need to buy from the funeral home?
Funeral planning is a smart idea. Often, people are completely overwhelmed when faced with the death of a loved one. What ends up happening is that they simply take the advice of the funeral home. Sometimes, that works perfectly fine for everyone.
But what if there were ways to make the service more meaningful and personal? What if there were options that could save the estate thousands of dollars? It pays – both financially and emotionally – to educate yourself and to come prepared.
If you are the spouse or executor of the estate of a person who has passed away, there are many documents you will need to work through. What papers do you actually need?
Most will be financial statements, insurance and membership papers, and legal papers that already exist. These ones you will need to find. Others you will need to create.
Note that in the digital age, some of these affairs can be arranged completely online using digital documents and accounts. Even so, there will still be many copies and forms you will physically need to handle. Here is the list of papers you need when someone dies. Continue reading What papers do you need when someone dies?
What do you do when someone you love dies? Many of us have no idea what first steps we should take after the death of a love one. Who do you call, what needs to be done, where do you begin? Continue reading What to Do When a Loved One Dies: A Checklist
Biblical funeral prayers are one important way for Christians to honor God, show their trust and faith in him, and proclaim his goodness and sovereignty over all of life’s affairs. In life and in death our hope is in God and in the saving work of Jesus his Son. Continue reading 10 Biblical Funeral Prayers for a Christian Funeral Service
What is the difference between a funeral and a memorial service? This is a common question. Basically, a funeral is a service to honor a deceased person with the body present, while a memorial service is a time to memorialize the individual without the body present. Continue reading What is the difference between a funeral and a memorial service?
We can’t make it clear enough that although the industry has its share of funeral scams and unsavory charlatans, most funeral professionals do what they do because they care about people and will treat you right. Continue reading Avoid These 10 Common Funeral Scams
Planning ahead and making your final arrangements in advance is a great idea. This will save your loved ones from tons of stress, and it will probably save them money as well. The first decision you’ll face in thinking about your funeral arrangements is the question of what to do with your body.
Here are all the mainstream final disposition options: Continue reading Final Disposition Options: Cremation, Burial, and More
Book review summary: The Green Reaper is the charming story of a modern funeral director as she wrestles with life, love, loss, and the contemporary funeral industry.
Gently weaving the childhood trauma of her mother’s death together with a growing interest in helping others who have experienced the loss of a loved one, the author provides an insightful look into both corporate funeral home chains and the small-town alternatives. Among these alternatives is the increasingly popular “green burial” movement: eco-friendly and home-based funerals that are simple, natural, and personal. Continue reading Book Review – The Green Reaper: Memoirs of an Eco-Mortician
Funeral Planning Basics, A Step-By-Step Guide to Funeral Planning is part of the Estate Planning Series by Enodare. These books are from a legal resource publisher with the aim “to provide access to quality legal information and products at an affordable price.” The books in the series include titles such as Estate Planning Essentials, Make Your Own Living Will, and more. The series is in large paperback format with about ~200 pages and a price range from $12-25 depending on the size and topic of the guide. Continue reading Review: Funeral Planning Basics, A Step-By-Step Guide by Enodare