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How to arrange a home funeral

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestWhat is a home funeral? With a home funeral, family or friends take charge of caring for the body after death, either alone or with the help of a funeral professional. They might bring or keep the deceased at home, wash and dress the body, arrange for a casket or shroud, prepare the necessary documents, hold a vigil or ceremony, and/or transport the body to the cemetery or crematory. Read more

Cómo cubrir los costos de un funeral

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPrimero, tenga en cuenta que usted o su familia deben pagar los costos del funeral. Ninguna organización benéfica lo sacará de apuros si se
endeuda por un funeral. Eche un vistazo realista a su presupuesto antes de llamar a la funeraria. Read more

Your Funeral Rights

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPlanning  Appointment of agent.  If you are concerned that your next-of-kin might not follow your wishes about the disposition of your body, in most states you can designate another person as your agent to carry out your wishes. Read more

Who has the legal right to make decisions about your funeral?

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPersonal Preference Laws for Body Disposition In more than half the states, there is a statutory obligation for survivors to honor the written wishes of the deceased, to follow your personal preference. In a few states, your wishes may be over-turned in the case of cremation, however. Read more

Veterans’ Funeral and Burial Benefits


All veterans are entitled to burial in a national cemetery, a granite or marble headstone (regardless of the cemetery), and a flag. There will be no charges for opening or closing the grave, a vault or liner, or setting the marker in a national cemetery. Read more

Ten Tips for Saving Funeral $$$

Do you want to be buried or cremated, embalmed, viewed? Where do you want to be buried or scattered? Put your wishes in writing and share them with your likely survivors. If you say you want something “simple” and your survivors aren’t sure what you meant, they may end up spending a lot more than you would have wanted. Read more

Starting a Funeral Committee in Your Congregation

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestAll major religions have established traditions and rituals for caring for the dead. In days past, the religious community was the focal point of activities at a time of death. Unfortunately, as we became a more dispersed society, we witnessed the emergence of for-profit “chapels,” and the funeral industry took over creating new “traditions.” A few congregations, however, have continued their participatory heritage, and there appears to be a growing interest among others to return to active involvement. Read more