Eternal Rest Funeral Home
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Planning ahead - Advice for providing your loved ones with the information they need
The planning guide will provide a place for personal information which is used by the funeral director to fill out necessary paperwork. You may want to consider church affiliation and clergy, obituary and eulogy information, and organ donation preferences. You may also want to include names and contact information for those you would like to be notified of your death. Other important considerations are: funeral home, type of services or gatherings, viewing/burial or cremation details, and the location of all your important documents including those necessary to settle your estate (Personal Funeral Planning Guide, n.d.).
Find a free guide at the following website or create your own
Make a plan for how you want to be remembered at:
Considerations for the family
- funeral home
- type of service
- church/ cemetery
- burial plot/headstone
- type of casket/urn
- charity donations
- memorial funds
- open/closed casket
- scripture readings
- travel arrangements (Considerations for the Funeral, 2008)
We are able to prepare for and honor the following cultural traditions:
Native American, Asian American, African American, Haitian American, Hispanic American, and European American.
We can also accommodate observances of the following religious faiths:
Native American, Buddhist, Confucian, Taoist, Hindu, Christian, Roman Catholic, Protestant, Mormon, Jewish, and Muslim (Cultures and Grief, n.d.).
Things to Consider When Choosing a Funeral Home
Do you want a funeral home that has a cultural or religious affiliation?
Do you feel that the funeral director understands your needs and concerns?
Does the funeral home offer the services, products, and facilities that you need?
Does the funeral director understand your vision?
Do you feel uncomfortable or pressured in making any arrangements?
Have all of your questions been answered adequately and thoughtfully? (How to Choose a Funeral Home, n.d.)
Are you interested in exploring and gaining insight into different cultural or religious funeral customs? Are you looking for some guidance and familiarity before attending a funeral of a cultural or religious nature which is different from your own? (Hoy, n.d.)
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Financial challenges - Planning ahead
Avoid burdening your loved ones with your final expenses in a time of grief. Prepay your funeral costs.
Tips for prepayment:
- Comparison shop so you know the actual and reasonable costs associated with final expenses.
- Research the funeral home where you will be prepaying and find out exactly what will happen to the money.
- Ask about cancellations, transfers, and refunds
- Read the fine print.
- Save on your own. Place the money into a "pay on death" account with a designated beneficiary.
- Purchase a separate burial insurance policy.
- Consider cheaper and greener options, such as cremation (Brandon, 2008).
Affordable and appropriate products and services for your loved one
Here you will find cost cutting advice and instruction such as:
- how to choose a low priced funeral home
- how to find reasonable priced goods and services
- how to negotiate for discounted rates (How to Plan an Affordable Funeral, 2015)
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Funeral Planning Guide. (2011). Retrieved from: http://www.dow.com/familyhealth/pdfs/funeral-planning-guide.pdf
How to Choose a Funeral Home (n.d.). Retrieved from:
How to Plan an Affordable Funeral. (2015). Retrieved from: http://funeral-tips.com/tag/affordable-funeral/
Hoy, W. (n.d.) Cultural and Religious Funeral Customs. Retrieved from: http://www.selectedfuneralhomes.org/Cultural-Religious-Funeral-Customs-24
Personal Funeral Planning Guide. (n.d.). Retrieved from:
The Economics of the Funeral Industry. (2013). Retrieved from: http://www.pbs.org/pov/homegoings/economics-of-the-funeral-industry.php#.VeN5nPlVikp
Treasuring and Honoring the Best of your Life. (2015). Retrieved from: