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Funeral Planning

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Topic Overview

Funerals and memorial services allow the grieving family and friends time to reminisce about the life of their loved one. A funeral or memorial service can be a time not only for grieving but also for healing and celebrating life.

A funeral or memorial service also helps family and friends face the reality of their loved one's death. It helps them begin the process of accepting and adjusting to the loss.

Planning a funeral

Communicating preferences with family members is important, whether you are planning your own funeral or a loved one's.

Think about the choices you want for yourself. Things to consider include the following:

Funeral costs

Funeral expenses vary greatly, depending on the area and on the types of services selected. You may avoid unnecessary costs by discussing your wishes with your family. You may want to schedule a meeting with family members and a funeral planner to go over details. This could help your family save money and time and can help reduce their stress after your death.

Funeral home burial charges usually include:

In addition to the funeral home costs, the cemetery usually charges for the liner (vault) to prevent the ground from settling, opening and closing the grave, and grave markers or monuments.

Cremation or donating your body to science is an alternative to burial and generally is less expensive.


References

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Credits for Funeral Planning

Current as of: February 18, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Jean S. Kutner MD, MSPH - Geriatric Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine


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