Step-by-step guide to planning a funeral
How to hold a funeral safely
Covid-19 has changed funerals dramatically. Would-be funeral goers are staying home, faced with not wanting to jeopardize friends or family.
Practical tips for live streaming a funeral
Holding a live streaming funeral takes a lot of planning, whether you choose to do it yourself or make arrangements through a funeral home or private company.
Ways to make a postponed service special
Families that cannot hold traditional services due to the pandemic now are planning for later funerals and celebrations of life -- and thinking about linking them to birthdays, wedding anniversaries or other dates of special significance.
Buying a casket or urn on your own for a funeral
Shopping on your own for items like caskets or urns can be a way to cut down costs of a funeral. Here are some guidelines to follow.
All about the Funeral Rule
Funeral providers are required by federal law to provide price information for goods and services. This is to protect consumers and ensure they can make informed decisions.
How to shop for a casket or urn
Shopping for and purchasing a casket or urn is emotional even when done in advance; it's all the harder when you have to plan an immediate funeral.
How to choose a funeral home
It’s best to choose a funeral home based on a recommendation by someone you trust. Don’t feel immediate pressure to choose quickly. Take time to speak with your close circle for a choice or two.
The pros and cons of burial
Deciding if a burial is the best choice will hinge on several factors, including religion or similar beliefs, cost, and family dynamics. While it’s considered a more traditional choice, fewer than half of deaths now end in traditional burials.
The pros and cons of cremation
Cremation is now the most popular option for final disposition. Cremation was used in 54 percent of deaths in 2019, according to the National Funeral Directors Association. They project that to rise to around 78 percent by 2040.
Tips to choose music for memorial events
While grieving the loss of your loved one, music can be a comforting celebratory backdrop for honoring and remembering your friend or family member - whether as part of a formal funeral, a less-formal celebration of life or other type of event.
Creative tributes in place of a traditional memorial service
There’s a reason people huddle around photo displays or pore over pictures in printed programs at funerals.
An overview of final arrangement options
Here is a summary of final arrangement options and the advantages to each.
Experts share advice on writing a memorable obituary
You volunteered (or have been volunteered) to write an obituary. How do you sum up the life of a loved one in a few words? Try thinking of it as putting together a puzzle, one piece at a time.
How to let others know of a death
The first step in the process of handling a death is quickly and compassionately sharing the news. The vital first decisions - even as you're grappling with the death yourself – is deciding who gets told first, and how.
What to do if someone dies at home
When someone dies at home, these steps can ensure that your loved one is handled with dignity -- and you follow state and local laws.
Grief and loss
When you can’t be with a loved one who’s dying
Restrictions to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus have robbed some families of being at the bedside of critically or terminally ill loved ones.
Helping a grieving person when you have to be socially distant
Often, the best thing we can offer a grieving friend or loved one is our physical presence: a hug, holding a hand, shedding tears together. The COVID-19 pandemic has made that impossible in some cases
Coping with grief when a traditional funeral isn’t possible
A few weeks before the country started to shut down to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Mark Busch’s 87-year-old father died.
Overview of religious funeral traditions
Funeral traditions vary by faith. Preparing the body for a funeral, how the beloved is remembered, interment or cremation and tributes are important parts of end-of-life practices. We’ve compiled brief overviews of how major religions honor the deceased.
Religious funeral customs are adapting to COVID-19
COVID-19 has disrupted everyday life, changing how people socialize, shop, work -- and worship. Health laws and pandemic restrictions can make it challenging to honor a particular religion’s death practices.
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