A funeral is an essential expenditure, and a little planning will eliminate the uncertainty of costs and payment. If you don't plan for funeral expenses, you run the risk of your family having to ask friends and relatives to share an unexpected financial burden, which can put everyone in an embarrassing and uncomfortable position. And if you borrow money, it has to be repaid.Read more: Five Options for Successfully Paying for a Funeral
We all know that losing a loved one is difficult. We know that we will grieve, but how much does grief impact your life? Grief can impact your whole person-mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. One thing to remember is to not distance yourself from your grief. You may want to push your grief aside and lock it in a box, but that only delays the healing process. As time goes on after your loss you will most likely experience three distinct phases of loss.Read more: Grief Expectations: What You Need to Know After Losing a Loved One.
After the loss of a loved one, your friends and relatives will want to respond by expressing their sympathy. Flowers, condolence cards, meals and other acts of kindness are all ways of letting you know that your grief is shared and understood. It is not necessary to acknowledge every person who visited you or offered condolences.Read more: How to Say “Thank You” After Your Loss
Not everyone has the gift of confidently speaking in front of others. And often the thought of public speaking throws many people into a panic. Add to that fear the common discomfort of discussing death, and it's easy to understand why the idea of delivering a eulogy can be disconcerting. If you've been asked to write a eulogy, take heart. This article will give you 6 easy ways to make sure you write the best eulogy to honor the one you’ve lost.Read more: 6 Tips on Writing the Best Eulogy of Your Life
What is an estate plan? Why do I need one? What happens if I don’t create an estate plan? These are all valid questions that need to be answered. In this series, we will look at your biggest questions and give you the answers you’re looking for. Make sure to stick around for parts two and three as well!Read more: Beginner’s Guide to: Estate Planning - Part One
There’s a good chance if you’ve had any personal connections to someone who has passed away that you’ve thought about your preferred method of ultimate disposition: burial or cremation. Cremation is only chosen about half the time, the rate of those who decide to be cremated has almost doubled in the last decade. The rise in cremations begs many questions, one of them being, what’s the story behind cremation? When did it begin and which people were the first to begin the custom? Let’s dive in to the story and discover something new today. (Left) Achilles and Ajax Playing a Dice Game on an Ancient Grecian Urn , 540 BC Vulci ItalyRead more: Cremation, An Ancient Tradition Spanning the Stone Age to 21st Century
We all knew them. The girls who have had their wedding planned since the age of 6. Or the boys who’ve been working on their business model since middle school. Many people start preparation for college, their wedding, their careers and their kids far in advance of when they actually occur. It’s natural to think ahead to those big events, so it makes sense that funeral planning should be a part of that list as well. Here are four reasons planning your own funeral will set your mind at ease:Read more: Four Reasons Planning Your Own Funeral Will Put Your Mind At Ease