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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
In fact, nearly three in five Americans
aren’t confident they could plan
a funeral for themselves, let alone a
loved one, according to a survey conducted
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
after a death.
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
confident 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 many families.
There are many factors that go
into this decision, such as religion,
environmental factors, cost and
Regardless of a preference for
cremation or burial, how a family
pays tribute to its loved one is also
There are a variety of ways a funeral,
memorial service or celebration
of life can reflect the life of the
person who died, such as through
pictures, location of the service,
music and more.
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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