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A Simple How-To Guide to Planning Your Own Funeral

Published: June 26, 2017

asphalt shinglesFunerals are celebrations of our loved ones, but unfortunately, they are quite emotional to plan. For many, this is a time for grieving, and it can be difficult to make the many important decisions that come with funeral planning.

With this in mind, you may not know where to start when it comes to the funeral services for yourself. So, we have created a how-to guide for what anyone should know concerning planning your own funeral arrangements -- this way you will ensure your family will have everything they need.

First call
If you are planning your own funeral, it is important to be familiar with that first call. This is when the deceased is still at their place of death and needs to be transported to either a funeral home or another facility. Having this all sorted out and in place will take a lot of stress off grieving relatives.

Funeral services
There is a lot to plan when it comes to making the final funeral arrangements. With this in mind, you can expect to plan:

  • Hiring a professional funeral director. A full 82% of respondents from a Harris Poll survey report that funeral professionals provide valuable services for everyone involved.
  • Method of interment. Would you like to be cremated, entombed, or your body donated to science?
     
  • Would you like a traditional funeral ceremony? If so, it is important to think about where the ceremony will be held, if there will be a visitation service beforehand, and who will participate (i.e pallbearers, Veteran's services, musicians, and speakers).
     
  • Is there a need for transportation, such as a procession to the cemetery or a car service for the family members?

Arrangements with the cemetery
It is crucial to finalizing the purchase of the cemetery plot before the funeral services can begin. If this hasn't been done, most cemeteries require a 24-48 hour notification.

Planning a funeral can be a stressful time, but if you have all your plans created ahead of time, your family will be able to rest assured knowing they have done everything to make your wishes come to fruition.

If you need any assistance with funeral planning, do not hesitate to contact our funeral planning Laredo TX professionals today.

Cremation Services: What to Know

Published: June 23, 2017

cremation servicesThere are many different details that go into funeral planning, including what to do with the loved one's body. While traditional funeral services include having a casket to bury in a cemetery there are also different options including cremation services. Cremation is an often overlooked sector when deciding on funeral arrangements, so here is everything you need to know about this choice.

What exactly is cremation?
Cremation includes the remains being reduced to ash. Once the remains are collected, there are plenty of different options over how the remains will be laid to rest.

What are the options for cremation services?
Generally speaking, there are three different options once the remains are cremated. They include:

  1. Burying the remains
    If this is the choice, you will need to purchase or rent a cremation casket and an urn to ensure the remains are buried properly and do not contaminate the soil if they happen to get wet. Also, depending on the cemetery's regulations, you may need a grave liner and/or a burial vault.
     
  2. Keeping the remains
    If you are choosing to keep the remains, then you most likely would want a decorative urn for display.
     
  3. Spreading the remains
    Spreading remains happens to be a popular choice, but there are some regulations that need to be followed depending on the state. For example, you may want to consult a licensed mortician to ensure all practices are followed legally.

Cost of the remains
Direct Cremation is a cheaper option when it comes to typical funeral costs. The overall costs of direct cremation services include:

  1. The purchase of cremation urns, depending on the use and need.
     
  2. Any additional services that the funeral home will be offering such as transportation of the body, the actual cremation, overhead expenses, death certificates and cremation permits.

Cemetery costs.
As you can see, the costs for cremation can vary significantly depending on the needs and wishes of the deceased. With this in mind, cremation offers a great option as the service can be customized and versatile.

According to the NFDA Cremation and Burial Report, 48.5% of the deceased were cremated in 2015. If you would like to know more about cremation as an option, please contact our professionals today.

Top Reasons To Speak To a Funeral Professional

Published: June 2, 2017

veteran funeralsPlanning a funeral is a trying thing. You're devastated by the loss and sometimes can be overwhelmed by the amount of information or procedures that you have to take into consideration. You need to plan the service to pay tribute to the life of a loved one, something that 82% of people over 40 say is important. You need to plan the funeral costs, the funeral arrangements, and depending on the wishes of the deceased, get cremation services.

It's a lot to do for the unprepared, and for the inexperienced. Funeral planning is not easy, which is why funeral homes exist to help the unprepared.

Contracting the services of a funeral professional can be a great help when preparing to give your loved one a proper farewell. The workers there will make sure that everything is planned and that you have their full support during the process. You can rely on their guidance in that.

For those of you that plan to pre-arrange your own funeral, funeral homes can be of assistance there, too. They can help you factor in the costs of your funeral in advance, and ensure that things are taken care of to your specifications. For veteran funerals, they can work to make sure that you get the right benefits allotted to you for your service.

For families with a DD-214 or the veteran’s honorable discharge certificate, the funeral home can acquire the burial flag and military honors at no charge. The veteran and spouse will also qualify for a cemetery benefit as well, which will in essence cover the cost of the burial plot or niche.

The average cost of a funeral is $8,343, including a burial vault. This does not include the cemetery costs, which can push the costs to $10,000 if you aren't knowledgeable about the process. This is why getting the assistance of professionals is important. They can help you get a funeral that is more within your budget, or the budget of your loved ones.

Whether you're planning your own funeral in advance, or a loved one planning one, you should make sure you're getting the help you need. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us for more details.

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