Funeral Planning Resources

Putting the 'Fun' in Funeral: Personalizing a Tribute with a Themed Funeral
March 30
Values around death, dying, and memorialization can vary from family to family and from person to person. While many believe that funerals should be a somber time of reflection and deep mourning, othe...[Read More]
Do I Have to Write an Obituary?
March 16
When someone close to you dies and the planning of their funeral falls to you, there are many decisions to make. With this enormous responsibility comes the tendency to see every decision as paramount...[Read More]
Benefits of Preplanning Your Funeral
March 9
Acknowledging your own mortality can be tough. For this reason, many people avoid discussing — or even thinking about — the subject of death. However, there are many benefits to taking the time to cle...[Read More]
Spring-Inspired Funeral Personalization Ideas
March 4
Even if it isn’t spring outside, you can still plan a spring-inspired funeral service at any time of the year! Whether your loved one was born in the spring or it was their favorite time of the year, ...[Read More]
The Benefits of Life Insurance Assignments as Funeral Payment
February 18
Whether a loved one died unexpectedly or not, life insurance assignments as funeral payment may be the right solution for you. With this payment method, you can submit a claim to use a loved one’s lif...[Read More]
Funeral Planning Checklist — Your Guide to Planning a Loved One’s Funeral
January 21
Like when you plan a wedding, there is a lot more that goes into funeral planning than you may think. From major decisions like burial or cremation to small details like the table ...[Read More]
What is a Death Doula and Should You Hire One?
January 14
More and more families are hiring death doulas. Just do a quick Google search for “rise in death doulas” and you can see for yourself all the search results that pop up.You’re prob...[Read More]
The Benefits of Funeral Financing
January 7
Whether a loved one died unexpectedly or not, funeral financing may be the right payment solution for you. With this payment method, you can make payments over time, so you can save your emergenc...[Read More]
Winter-Inspired Funeral Personalization Ideas
December 17, 2020
If your loved one passed away during the winter, you can design a personalized funeral service that reflects the season. Or even if it isn’t wintertime, you can still bring winter indoors if it was th...[Read More]
What Do Morticians Do? and What's the Difference Between a Mortician, Funeral Director and an Undertaker?
December 1, 2020
There are many misconceptions about the people whom we trust with the care of our dead. Though the emergence of the death positivity movement has begun to change the way society relates to it, death i...[Read More]
Organ Donation: Giving Life at the Time of Death
November 24, 2020
My mother gave me decision-making power over all health-related matters in the final few days of her life. Once she lost consciousness, I used this power to ensure she got steady doses of morphine. He...[Read More]
Have the Talk of a Lifetime Month: Beginning the Funeral Planning Process
November 12, 2020
Did you know November is Have the Talk of a Lifetime Month? The Funeral and Memorial Information Council created the Have the Talk of a Lifetime program to encourage families to have op...[Read More]
The Benefits of Funeral Fundraising
November 5, 2020
Whether a loved one died unexpectedly or not, funeral fundraising may be the right payment solution for you. In addition to paying for the funeral expenses, it can h...[Read More]
Why It’s Best to Work With a Funeral Director
October 13, 2020
Planning a funeral? Let a professional guide you through the arrangements. A professional funeral director will ensure your loved one's funeral service goes smoothly, and will assist you with all the ...[Read More]
Three Ways to Prevent Emotional Spending When Funeral Planning
October 8, 2020
To prevent emotional spending, funeral planning is key. According to an article from infoforinvestors.com, emotional spending is when “our emotions are the central influe...[Read More]
Fall-Inspired Funeral Personalization Ideas
September 17, 2020
You can plan a fall-inspired funeral service any time of the year, even if it isn’t fall! For example, maybe fall was your loved one’s favorite time of year. Or, maybe their birthday was in the f...[Read More]
What to Bring to a Funeral - A Checklist for Mourners
September 1, 2020
For those who don't often attend funerals, trying to decide what to wear, when to arrive, and how to behave can induce anxiety. It's going to be a sad, stressful occasion, and grieving people often su...[Read More]
Seven Important Organizations to Contact When a Loved One Passes Away
August 24, 2020
Grieving the loss of a loved one can be stressful, especially for those who need to contact organizations of their loved one’s passing. It can be hard to even know where to begin.To make things a litt...[Read More]
Funeral Planning Tips for During the COVID-19 Pandemic
July 23, 2020
Funeral planning isn’t an easy task, and the restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic make it even more difficult. However, it’s still possible to have a meaningful funeral service while social distanc...[Read More]
How to Write an Obituary
July 13, 2020
When funeral planning and grieving a loss, one of the most important and daunting tasks is writing the obituary. How do you tell a life story in just a few paragraph...[Read More]
What Happens If You Die in Another Country?
July 7, 2020
Each year, an estimated 6,000 Americans die overseas while traveling. It is a difficult situation to be in and one that many people are unprepared for. Losing a loved one suddenly can be both tra...[Read More]
7 Funeral Myths Debunked
July 7, 2020
Death and end-of-life planning is something that a lot of people choose to avoid thinking about at all costs. For many people, scenes from television shows or movies about death and funerals have infl...[Read More]
20 Funeral Terms to Know When Funeral Planning
July 7, 2020
To make funeral planning less stressful, this list of funeral terms can help make things easier on the grieving family. It isn’t a comprehensive list by any means, but it will help you get a better un...[Read More]