Preplanning your funeral is a loving
gesture to those you leave behind
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BY BROOKLYN PAPER
Whether you’re a snowbird going
to a warmer climate to escape winter
weather or you’re traveling on a business
trip, it’s wise to prepare for the unexpected.
Accidents happen. People fall victim
to new or existing medical conditions.
Death is always an overwhelming
event, especially so when
it occurs away from home. That’s why
it is wise to carry a wallet-sized card
listing the names of your next-of-kin,
the telephone number of your funeral
director and stating whether any funeral
pre-arrangements have been
Most travelers wouldn’t dream of
leaving home on an extended trip without
carrying along copies of prescriptions,
yet how many think to include
personal information that would facilitate
their fi nal arrangements if the unthinkable
Robert Ruggiero, a licensed New
York City funeral director, offers these
suggestions to help cope with death
away from home.
Don’t leave the body. The most frequent
response by family members experiencing
a death away from home
is to hurry home to begin funeral arrangements.
However, most deaths that
occur while traveling are sudden and
require an investigation by the local
medical examiner’s offi ce and police
The family member traveling with
the person who remains available to
the authorities at the place of death will
expedite the return process. If a person
has died and family is not with the deceased,
survivors should not fl y out to
the place of death.
With today’s technology, there’s a
good possibility that if identifi cation is
required, survivors can save time by
staying home and requesting another
means to accomplish the necessary
If the death occurs overseas, the U.S.
State Department’s Bureau of Consular
Affairs in Washington, DC (202-647-
5225) or the local Embassy can provide
emergency assistance for Americans
traveling overseas who encounter a
tragedy of this nature.
For more information visit the Bureau
of Consular Affairs website, www.
– Courtesy of NYS Funeral Directors
BY BROOKLYN PAPER
Planning your funeral
ahead of time will prevent
your family from having to
guess what your wishes were
during a very emotional and
stressful time following your
Before visiting a funeral
home to discuss your prearrangements,
thought to your preferences
for a funeral service by identifying
any religious elements,
songs or readings or
other unique requests that
you would like to be incorporated
into your funeral service.
When you meet with the funeral
director, they will guide
you through the different services
and merchandise available.
You will have the opportunity
to select those which meet
with your personal preferences
Your funeral director will
give you a printed copy of their
“General Price List” to show
the cost of their services and
merchandise, enabling you to
create a meaningful service
that meets your preferences
and fi nancial considerations.
Once the details have been
fi nalized, your funeral director
will prepare a preneed
agreement and fully itemized
statement for your review and
a copy to take home with you.
Pre-payment is not required,
but is an option should
you choose to do so.
In New York State, your funeral
director is required by
law to deposit your prepaid
funds into an interest-bearing
government-backed trust account.
Your principle – and the
interest earned – will remain
It is important to discuss
your decision to pre-plan
and/or pre-fund your funeral
with your loved ones.
Discuss with them which
funeral home you have made
your arrangements with and
consider providing them
with a copy of your preneed
Want to learn more? Visit
information to request
our Funeral Planning information
packet. We provide it
FREE to New York State residents
with no obligation.
– Courtesy of NYS Funeral
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