40 LONGISLANDPRESS.COM • MAY 2020
COPING WITH DEATH
FUNERAL PREPLANNING A LOVING GESTURE
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 death.
Before visiting a funeral home to
discuss your prearrangements, give
some 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,
she/he will guide you through the
different services and merchandise
available. You will have the opportunity
to select those which meet with
your personal preferences and beliefs.
Your funeral director will give you
a printed copy of the General Price
List to show the cost of services and
merchandise, enabling you to create
a meaningful service that meets
your preferences and financial
Once the details have been finalized,
your funeral director will prepare a
pre-need agreement and fully itemized
statement for your review and a
copy you can take home.
Pre-payment is not required, but is an
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 yours.
It is important to discuss your decision
to preplan and/or prefund 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 pre-need documents.
Want to learn more? Visit nysfda.org/
to request our Funeral Planning
information packet. We provide
it FREE to New York State residents
with no obligation.
Courtesy of NYS Funeral Directors
With more than 2,500 coronavirus
related deaths as of April 24
on Long Island, many local funeral
homes are scrambling to fulfill
family requests and religious
In order to meet this rising
demand and limit the virus’s
spread, funeral homes are limiting
services to immediate family,
postponing all public services,
or, in some cases, only allowing
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Lovely & Quaint
Grounds Open Daily
Open To All Faiths Headstone, Flat Marker & Cremation
Grave Sites and New Mausoleum
Payment Options Available
500 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington
516 944 8530 • www.nassauknollscemetery.org
Coping with COVID 19:
The Respond Approach
Resolve to one day at a time.
Employ new strategies for relaxation.
Share feelings with friends and family.
Patience is a choice. Use it abundantly.
O pportunity is hidden in the crisis.
Find it and embrace it.
Navigate the sea of negative news carefully.
Develop a daily plan. Make it simple and doable.
Dr. Thomas Hlenski
Disaster Mental Health Volunteer
American Red Cross on Long Island
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