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COPING WITH DEATH
Key decisions to help memorialize a loved one
Despite the certainty of death,
many Americans delay dealing
with the fact and avoid funeral
In fact, nearly three in fi ve Americans
aren’t confi dent they could plan
a funeral for themselves, let alone
a loved one, according to a survey
conducted by RememberingALife.
com, which was created by the National
Funeral Directors Association
to empower families in their funeral
planning, help them understand
memorialization options and support
them as they navigate their grief aft er
One of the main challenges in planning
a funeral for a loved one is ensuring
the service captures the person’s
life and memories.
However, according to the survey,
just 41.2% of respondents know the
deceased’s preferences for a funeral,
burial or cremation, and 26.5% have
not discussed their preferences with
loved ones, though they do feel confi -
dent their family and friends would
plan an appropriate funeral or memorial
service for them.
To kickstart the planning process,
consider discussing these decisions
with your loved ones:
CREMATION OR BURIAL
Despite the growing popularity of
cremation, burial is still important to
There are many factors that go into
this decision, such as religion, environmental
factors, cost and more.
Regardless of a preference for
cremation or burial, how a family
pays tribute to its loved one is
also important. There are a variety of
ways a funeral, memorial service or
celebration of life can refl ect the life of
the person who died, such as through
pictures, location of the service, music
One of the most impactful parts of
the service can be the eulogy. Think
about who knows you best and would
be comfortable speaking. Some choose
to write their own eulogy. Either way,
eulogies can provide closure and
honor a life.
AFTER THE SERVICE
While services are an opportunity
for loved ones to grieve and heal together,
it’s important to consider how
to keep memories alive, such as by
planting a tree, scattering cremated remains
in a special location or visiting
a gravesite. Any of these options can
help a family continue to pay tribute
to the deceased.
To find more information about
how a funeral director can help plan
a meaningful service and resources
to help you understand your own and
others’ grief and loss, visit RememberingALife.
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