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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

How to Plan a Memorial Service

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestA memorial service is a commemorative event without the body present. Unlike a funeral, the service can be held weeks or months after the death, allowing the family time to plan and then gather at a convenient time and place. Read more

Monumental Manipulation

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestWRITTEN BY AN INSIDER Many funeral homes sell tombstones. Monument shops, as well as many cemeteries and memorial parks, sell tombstones also. Most, however, do not refer to these items as tombstones, but rather as monuments or memorial markers. Read more

Light, Like the Sun

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestby Frances Newton
This article has appeared twice in The Reader’s Digest and was recommended by the president of the Raritan Valley Memorial Society, Roberta D’Angelo. Father was 87 when he died. Read more

Four-Step Funeral Planning

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestFUNERAL SHOPPING: THE BASICS

If you’ve never planned a funeral before you might feel overwhelmed and not even know where to begin or what questions to ask. If so, you are not alone. In the early 20th century, Americans largely handed over the responsibility for caring for their dead to funeral directors. Read more