Funeral Planning -- Don't Forget What Is Important -

When a loved one dies, grieving family members and friends are often confronted with dozens of decisions about the funeral -- all of which must be made quickly and often under great emotional duress.

What kind of funeral should it be? What funeral provider should you use? Should you bury or cremate the body? What are you required to do? How do you let everyone know about the death and funeral? And, as callous as it may sound, how much is it all going to cost?

Each year, Americans grapple with these and many other questions as they arrange more than two million funerals for family members and friends. If you are confronted with making these decisions for someone you love – or even for yourself – there are two important considerations that are often forgotten in the planning process.

  1. How can the funeral or memorial event bring healing to family and friends who experience this loss?
  2. What about this person’s life should be celebrated and remembered?

There are no “right or wrong” answers to these questions. Most families enjoy the comfort of tradition and ritual. Some families want funeral events to be full celebrations of your loved one’s life. And today many families are choosing both.

At, not only can your record the stories, pictures, and messages that you share with families, friends, and future generations, but you can also describe how you want your Last Goodbye.

If you are planning for yourself, or a loved one, what do you want the guests to see, hear, or smell at the funeral or memorial event? What is the most important thing for guests to know or remember about you or your loved one.

Best of all, you can find a funeral service provider who can help you with all of the details, from the logistics of place and time, to creating an experience both meaningful and appropriate.

Use the resources here at to help you plan the Last Goodbye that helps honor and celebrate a life well lived.

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