Funeral Planning

  • Take the Guesswork out of Funeral Arrangements

    Frank discussions about final arrangements are wise to have at any age. Use these strategies to broach the subject and develop comprehensive funeral plans for yourself and your aging loved ones.

  • 5 Essential Differences Between a Burial and a Cremation Service

    Whether you are pre-planning your own final arrangements or you’re responsible for organizing someone else’s funeral or memorial service, there is one fundamental choice that will affect costs, timing and many other details: cremation or burial?

  • 5 Steps to Take When Comparing Funeral Service Providers

    Comparison shopping for funeral providers can be tricky. It's important to make sure that the provider you choose can offer the quality and services you want at an affordable price.

  • How to Turn a Funeral into a True Celebration of Life

    Funerals are evolving from somber services into celebrations of a person's enduring legacy and a life well-lived. Here are a few ideas for planning a personalized funeral for yourself or your elderly loved one.

  • 10 Important Facts About VA Burial Benefits

    U.S. veterans are entitled to VA burial benefits that can help their surviving family members defray funeral costs. Learn how the VA can give veterans the memorial services they deserve.

  • How to Write a Eulogy

    If you’ve been asked to speak at a funeral or memorial service, use these guidelines to write a meaningful eulogy about a friend or loved one.

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  • Funeral Planning Checklist

    This funeral planning checklist outlines the goods, services and logistics that are often included in a traditional funeral and/or memorial service. Many of these things can be pre-arranged and prepaid, lessening the strain on grieving family members.

  • How to Prepare a Letter of Last Instruction for End-of-Life Wishes

    A letter of instruction is an informal estate planning document that clearly communicates instructions and desires that are to be handled after a person dies. It guides surviving family members through personal, financial and funeral information.

  • A Prepaid Funeral Plan Should Be Part of Your Medicaid Spend-Down

    Money paid for advance funeral planning can be an exempt expense under Medicaid rules. Learn more about how preplanning a funeral can help you qualify for Medicaid.

  • Cremation Cost: 4 Factors That Affect Price

    For families who wish to minimize funeral costs, cremation is often a more affordable alternative to a traditional burial. Understand average cremation costs and the factors that affect the overall price of this disposition option.

  • Grief & Bereavement Top Tips: Ways to Honor a Loved One’s Memory

    The forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best ideas for ways to remember a loved one who has passed.

  • Funeral Pre-Planning for Veterans

    The VA offers a pre-need determination of eligibility for burial benefits to help veterans and their families engage in more extensive funeral planning, ensure veterans’ wishes are fulfilled and ease the burden on surviving family.

  • Brain Donors Give the Gift of Hope

    Brain donations are a scarce yet valuable resource for scientists who are searching for ways to prevent and treat conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Each donation brings researchers closer to a medical breakthrough.

  • Advance Funeral Planning Makes Financial Sense

    Preplanning funeral arrangements can alleviate emotional and financial burdens for aging adults and their families. Learn how preneed arrangements can save money and ensure your wishes are respected.

  • 10 Things to Know About Preplanning a Funeral or Cremation Service

    Preplanning a funeral is something that aging adults often consider, and it offers many benefits to the entire family. Keep these important points in mind when it comes to making final arrangements in advance.

  • Top 7 Myths of Advance Funeral Planning

    Pre-need funeral arrangements have become a natural continuation of preparing a will and estate plan. Debunk common misconceptions surrounding preplanning and see how the benefits extend to the entire family.

  • Personalizing a Funeral by Planning in Advance

    No one really wants to spend time thinking about their own funeral, but planning it in advance will minimize the burden on surviving loved ones and enable you to add unique, personal touches to your memorial service.

  • Planning a Funeral in Advance Can Ease a Family's Grief

    Pre-planning can help surviving loved ones make confident decisions regarding final arrangements and reduce the number of difficulties that traditionally confront families following a loss.

  • Funeral Planning Tips for Seniors and Their Caregivers

    Family caregivers often have the unenviable task of handling final arrangements for their care recipients. Use these bits of funeral planning advice to help you save money while honoring a loved one’s memory.

  • The Legacy Conversation: Talking About Funeral Arrangements

    Family caregivers are responsible for handling many challenging tasks, and funeral planning is usually one of them. Talking to aging parents about death is never easy, but these tips can help you get the conversation started.

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